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Legal news from Monday, October 23, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

Indonesia will release two prisoners convicted of the 2002 bombings that killed over 200 people at a Bali nightclub, prison officials said Monday. The convicts will be freed Tuesday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Indonesia has a prisoner remission program for various holidays …

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by Joe Shaulis

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended the new Military Commissions Act of 2006 Monday before an audience of senior military lawyers, insisting it gives enemy combatants detained at Guantanamo Bay "greater legal rights than are provided to lawful prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions." In a speech …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US District Judge Sim Lake on Monday sentenced former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling to 24 years in prison and determined that $45 million of Skilling's assets will be seized to be distributed to former Enron employees. Skilling, convicted in May on 19 counts of conspiracy, insider trading, …

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by Joe Shaulis

A lawyer for John W. Hinckley, Jr. argued Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981 should be allowed more time away from a mental institution. Late last year, US District Judge Paul Friedman, ruled …

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by Jaime Jansen

A court in Croatia has ordered state officials to arrest parliamentarian Branimir Glavas on suspicion of war crimes commited against Serbs, including abduction, torture and murder in the eastern city of Osijek in 1991-92 during Croatia's war of independence from the former Yugoslavia. Glavas, responsible at the time for …

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by Jaime Jansen

The interim Thailand government installed following a military coup in September indicated Monday that it will not lift martial law until supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra reduce their efforts to destabilize the political structure. Defense Minister Gen. Boonrawd Somtat said that the government would not lift martial law until "there are no political …

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by Jaime Jansen

The federal bench trial of a lawsuit challenging the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA) began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the suit on behalf of internet websites such as Salon.com and Nerve.com, arguing that the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A US citizen with a Canadian wife and family who was convicted of third-degree sexual abuse began serving a plea deal Monday where he must avoid the US except to meet with his parole officer. Teacher Malcolm Watson's effective exile to Canada, where he already resides, has drawn attention from immigration lawyers who question whether a US judge has …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A lawyer for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants in the so-called Anfal trial said Monday that he will boycott the trial when it resumes on October 30 because some 1,000 pages of his documents were stolen from the lawyer's lounge in the Iraq Supreme Court building. Badia Arif Izzat, defense lawyer for former Iraqi …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the UK Commission for Racial Equality, warned Sunday that if communication about social differences does not improve in Britain, riots could erupt there in the wake of a religious dress debate prompted by comments from House of Commons leader Jack Straw and the suspension of a …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UN Legal Counsel Nicolas Michel has submitted a final draft to the Lebanese government and the UN Security Council of a plans to establish an international tribunal to investigate the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to an unnamed source, who noted that the Security Council could approve the …

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