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22:12 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST report] 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 [read more]

21:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi television is reporting that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] 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 [JURIST report] [read more]

21:12 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [text] late Friday evening following a telephone conference with lawyers in the wake of court papers filed around 1 PM [read more]

20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials have said that final preparations are underway for the execution by hanging of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] 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 [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected [order, PDF] an amicus brief [text, PDF] filed [JURIST report] by seven retired judges who argued that portions of the new Military Commissions Act [JURIST news archive] affecting Guantanamo detainees were unconstitutional on the grounds that [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi judge on the appeals bench of the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] that earlier this week rejected [ruling in Arabic, PDF] Saddam Hussein's appeal [appeal brief, in English] of his November death sentence [JURIST report] for crimes against humanity said Friday that Hussein would be executed "today [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] State-run television in Iran [JURIST news archive] has reported that Iranian Minister of Justice Jamal Karimi-Rad [Wikipedia profile] has died in a car accident [IRNA report]. While details have been sparse, it is believed that Karimi-Rad’s son was driving [BBC report] when their car collided with a truck as [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The top Iraqi defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Friday that US authorities have asked the defense team to pick up Hussein's personal belongings in preparation for a reportedly-imminent transfer [JURIST report] of the ousted Iraqi president to Iraqi officials for execution. Khalil al-Dulaimi told AP, [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST report]. On Wednesday, UK-based Saddam defense lawyer Giovanni di Stefano asked the Washington DC-based Inter-American Human Rights Commission [official website] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The State of California has decided not to appeal a December 21st decision [text, PDF] of the California 1st District Court of Appeal [official website] restoring voting rights [JURIST news archive] to approximately 100,000 inmates serving a year or less for felony convictions in local jails. The case, filed [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] reported Thursday that incidents of intimate partner violence [CDC backgrounder] in the United States have declined in recent years [press release]. The study was conducted by the DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website], and analyzed crime rates [JURIST news archive] from [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Somalia Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi [BBC profile] 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 [JURIST report] after troops from neighboring [read more]

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