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Legal news from Saturday, September 23, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

A US Special Forces team in Afghanistan allegedly abused and killed two detainees in their custody and then coordinated their stories so that superior officers in the chain of command never discovered the incidents, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. One detainee was allegedly shot to death after he was interrogated by Special Forces team members about an intense …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Human rights groups have called on the UN Human Rights Council to support an "independent international human rights monitoring mechanism" to guard against human rights violations and alleged disregard for civilian casualties in fighting between Sri Lanka government forces and the rebel Tamil Tigers that has claimed an estimated 1,500 lives since last November. The human rights …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Already braced for a Congressional hearing Monday on its admitted use of 'pretexting', technology giant Hewlett Packard Co. announced Friday that Board Chairman Patricia Dunn will resign immediately, rather than in January as previously scheduled, and that CEO Mark Hurd will take her place. HP also …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A range of rights groups, military lawyers and legal scholars Friday ripped into the deal on military commissions legislation reached Thursday between top Senate Republicans and the White House. American Civil Liberties Union spokeperson Caroline Fredrickson called on legislators to reject the so-called compromise, arguing that it whittles away at …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A federal jury in North Dakota sentenced a man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a college student to the death penalty Friday after almost two days of deliberation. Convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was originally charged under federal law in the US District Court for the District of North Dakota for …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Parliament of Nepal passed a law Friday that formally divests King Gyanendra and the royal family of power over the Nepalese Army. Friday's legislation affirmed parliament's proclamation of May 18 in which the newly-reinstated legislature stripped the king of all of his privileges and powers, including the …

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