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Legal news from Wednesday, January 3, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

Lawyers representing Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of Iraq's Saddam Hussein-era Revolutionary Court, and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al Tikriti Wednesday mounted last-minute legal challenges to prevent their clients' executions, currently expected to take place Thursday before dawn. Both men were convicted and sentenced to death [JURIST report; BBC verdict …

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by JURIST Staff

Richard Causey, former Enron chief accounting officer, has reported to the Bastrop Federal Correction Institution, a low-security facility in Texas, to begin serving his prison sentence for his role in the Enron accounting scandal. Causey was sentenced to 66 months last November after accepting …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

US ambassador-at-large for war crimes Clint Williamson told a Sarajevo newspaper in an interview published Tuesday that the United States would consider it "absolutely unacceptable" for fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic to be tried in a Serbian court in Belgrade if …

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by Leslie Schulman

US forces left security during Saddam Hussein's execution to Iraqi authorities Saturday but would have handled the hanging "differently", US Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said during a press conference in Baghdad Wednesday. Caldwell said that US-led coalition forces transported Saddam to the execution site, left him in the care of Iraqi authorities, and then …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Supreme Court of Canada has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of written decisions, reaching a low of 59 decisions in 2006 compared to 144 in 1990, according to statistics gathered by the Toronto Globe and Mail. The court has steadily decreased the number of written rulings, but still averaged 89 to 90 rulings throughout …

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by Leslie Schulman

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, the Fijian military commander who led a military coup against former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase early last month, has suspended the activities of Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki and Chief Magistrate Naomi Lomaiviti pending investigations into possible corruption in the judiciary. Bainimarama said that the suspensions were necessary in order to …

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by Jaime Jansen

Two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants also sentenced to death in the Dujail trial will be executed Thursday, according to an Iraqi government official. Former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar were scheduled to be executed at the same time Hussein …

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by Jaime Jansen

US FBI agents reported numerous instances of military personnel and contractors using harsh interrogation practices at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, including wrapping a detainee's head in duct tape and a female guard wiping menstrual blood on detainees' faces, according to new information released by the FBI Tuesday. The …

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by Jeannie Shawl

An official who supervised the execution of Saddam Hussein was arrested Wednesday in connection to the taping of a camera phone video [WARNING: graphic images; JURIST report] showing Hussein's death and the unruly process surrounding the execution, according to an advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The identity of the person arrested has …

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by JURIST Staff

Government officials in Mexico have approved a plan to issue Mexicans crossing the US border illegally satellite tracking devices to ensure their safe arrival in the United States. Even with a knowledgeable guide — called a "coyote" — paid to lead the way, it is believed that hundreds of migrants die during the arduous four-day trek …

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by Leslie Schulman

Spokesmen for European governments Tuesday publicly deplored the way the execution of Saddam Hussein was conducted, adding criticism of the process revealed by an unofficial video [WARNING: graphic images] - and the making of the video itself with a camera phone - to their previous criticism of the application of the death penalty …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A New Jersey state commission recommended Tuesday that the state abolish the death penalty, replacing it with a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A report endorsed by 12 of the 13 members of the New Jersey Death Penalty Commission concluded that there was "no compelling evidence that the New Jersey death penalty rationally …

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