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Legal news from Friday, October 6, 2006
by Michael Sung

A top US Marine Corps lawyer has called for an investigation of alleged abuses of detainees at Guantanamo Bay after reviewing a sworn statement filed by a Marine paralegal who said that last month she spoke with a group of off-duty Marines who identified themselves as guards and bragged of beating and abusing prisoners. The guards …

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by Alexis Unkovic

British human rights group Reprieve accused the United States in a report issued Friday of using Germany's Ramstein Air Base as a detention center for renditions. Reprieve's sources claim that some of the 14 "high-value" terror suspects transferred from secret CIA prisons to Guantanamo Bay …

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by Michael Sung

Canadian prosecutor Robert Petit [Globalpolicy.org profile], one of the two active prosecutors for the Cambodian genocide tribunal that will try former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, told a meeting of international prosecutors at The Hague Friday that the prosecution team will be ready to present cases to an investigating judge by the end of the year …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court announced Friday that it will reconsider the death penalty sentence of LaRoyce Lathair Smith, convicted of murdering a 19-year-old Dallas Taco Bell manager in 1991. The Court initially reversed Smith's death sentence in a 2004 per curiam opinion because …

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by Ned Mulcahy

US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos, a hospital corpsman, pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and conspiracy charges in connection to the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania. A total of eight US military personnel were initially charged in the incident, in which they are said …

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by David Shucosky

As the National Hockey League opened its 2006-2007 season this week, the lockout that wiped out the entire 04-05 slate has reared its head again in the form of a lawsuit filed against the players' union by players themselves. The suit, filed in US District Court on Monday, alleges improprieties by union leadership …

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by Lisl Brunner

New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared before parliament Friday that Japanese leaders during World War II were not war criminals. Abe, who took office late last month, had said a day earlier that Japanese leaders were responsible for the deaths of many people within the country and elsewhere in Asia during the …

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by Kate Heneroty

US and European diplomats have reached an interim agreement on new trans-Atlantic airline passenger data-sharing policies. Under the new regulations, airlines must continue to share 34 pieces of passenger data, including passenger names, addresses and credit card information within 15 minutes of a plane's departure to the US. A number of US counter-terrorism agencies will be …

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by Lisl Brunner

The lawyer for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks is pushing the Australian government to ask the US for Hicks' return by Christmas, allowing him to be kept under a control order authorized by last year's anti-terror legislation. David McLeod, Hicks' lawyer in Adelaide, emphasized that Hicks has already …

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by Lisl Brunner

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has granted an emergency injunction suspending the application of Arizona's controversial voter ID law a month before the November 7 general election. The law, which Arizonans approved in 2004 as Proposition 200, requires voters to show a government-issued ID [AZ Sec. of State …

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by Kate Heneroty

Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General and a member of the Saddam Hussein defense team, predicted Thursday that the execution of the former Iraqi dictator would lead to "catastrophic violence" and "total, unmitigated chaos." During a press conference, Clark theorized that Sunni Muslims in Iraq would view an execution as revenge taken by the …

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by Kate Heneroty

Former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn and former ethics officer Kevin Hunsaker surrendered to authorities Thursday and agreed to face felony charges stemming from their roles in the corporate spying scandal. After a brief hearing, Dunn was released on her own recognizance. She will return to court for …

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