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Legal news from Friday, December 29, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Saddam Hussein defense lawyer Curtis Doebbler, one of the two Americans on Hussein's Dujail trial team, has condemned the ousted Iraqi president's execution in a statement sent to JURIST only minutes after his client was hanged in Baghdad at dawn Saturday local time:The execution of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is an unfortunate display of arrogant aggressor's injustice …

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by Joe Shaulis

Iraqi television is reporting that Saddam Hussein has been executed. The hanging, reported by US-operated al-Hurra TV as having taken place around 6 AM Saturday local time (10 PM Friday ET), fulfills the death sentence handed down by the Iraqi High Tribunal last month following the former dictator's conviction on charges …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A US federal judge has rejected an eleventh-hour bid by lawyers for Saddam Hussein seeking a direct stay of execution. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a 6-page ruling late Friday evening following a telephone conference with lawyers in the wake of court papers filed around 1 PM Friday afternoon. Kollar-Kotelly wrote:As Judge Reggie Walton recently concluded in …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Iraqi officials have said that final preparations are underway for the execution by hanging of Saddam Hussein before 6 AM local Baghdad time (10 PM Friday ET). Observers eligible to witness the execution have been told to be in attendance by 5:30 AM local time and are said to be already gathering in Baghdad's fortified Green …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A three-judge panel of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected an amicus brief filed by seven retired judges who argued that portions of the new Military Commissions Act affecting Guantanamo detainees were unconstitutional on the grounds that the brief's description of the amici as "judges" was inappropriate. …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

An Iraqi judge on the appeals bench of the Iraqi High Tribunal that earlier this week rejected Saddam Hussein's appeal of his November death sentence for crimes against humanity said Friday that Hussein would be executed "today or tomorrow," adding to the prevailing confusion about …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

State-run television in Iran has reported that Iranian Minister of Justice Jamal Karimi-Rad has died in a car accident. While details have been sparse, it is believed that Karimi-Rad’s son was driving when their car collided with a truck as the family was traveling south of Tehran to the central …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The top Iraqi defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein said Friday that US authorities have asked the defense team to pick up Hussein's personal belongings in preparation for a reportedly-imminent transfer of the ousted Iraqi president to Iraqi officials for execution. Khalil al-Dulaimi told AP, however, that he had not yet given permission for anyone …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein have reached across the Atlantic in last-ditch legal bids to stop US authorities from handing their client over to Iraqi officials for expected execution. On Wednesday, UK-based Saddam defense lawyer Giovanni di Stefano asked the Washington DC-based Inter-American Human Rights Commission for urgent interim measures against the US under Rule 25 …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The State of California has decided not to appeal a December 21st decision of the California 1st District Court of Appeal restoring voting rights to approximately 100,000 inmates serving a year or less for felony convictions in local jails. The case, filed by the League of Women Voters of California …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The US Department of Justice reported Thursday that incidents of intimate partner violence in the United States have declined in recent years. The study was conducted by the DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics, and analyzed crime rates from 1993 to 2004. While the overall rate of nonfatal intimate …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Somalia Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi announced Thursday that Somalia’s parliament will declare 3 months of martial law starting Saturday, in the hope of reestablishing order following the fleeing from Mogadishu of militias seeking to establish Islamic law in the country after troops from neighboring Ethiopia intervened on the side of the UN-supported …

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