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Legal news from Friday, January 5, 2007
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Presidency of the European Union [official website], currently held by Germany, reiterated the EU's opposition to the death penalty "under all circumstances" in a statement [text] released Friday, as two Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] co-defendants in Iraq continued to face possible hanging. Former chief judge of Iraq's [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Imam Fawaz Damra, former leader of Ohio's largest mosque, the Islamic Center of Cleveland [official website], has been deported to the West Bank via Jordan, US immigration officials announced Friday. Born in the Palestinian Authority, Damra was indicted [PDF text] in 2003 on charges of concealing ties to alleged [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The number of death sentences issued in 2006 reached the lowest level in 30 years, according to a 2006 year-end report [PDF text; press release] issued by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) [advocacy website]. The DPIC reported that there were at most 114 death sentences issued in 2006, [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Southern Sudan, an autonomous region in Sudan [JURIST news archive], will join the United Nations [official website] in probing alleged sex crimes committed by international peacekeepers against at least twenty Sudanese children in Juba, according to a statement [text] from the Southern Sudanese minister for presidential [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Spokane [diocesan website] has agreed to settle molestation claims against priests on Thursday for $48 million as part of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan [diocesan materials]. Victims and a federal bankruptcy judge must still approve the deal, however, Judge Gregg W. Zive of the Nevada [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The British Ministry of Defence [official website] said Thursday that nine soldiers videotaped beating Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] in an incident in southern Iraq in 2004 will not face charges before military courts-martial. The Army Prosecuting Authority (APA) [official website] said that while there was enough evidence to bring [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The White House has defended President Bush's attachment of a signing statement [text] to the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act [PDF text; HR 6407 summary], dismissing arguments that the statement changes administration policy on when mail can be opened without a warrant. Bush signed the law in late December [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush told reporters at the White House Thursday that last weekend's videoed hanging of Saddam Hussein amidst taunts from guards and witnesses fell short of what he would have liked, but nonetheless insisted on the legitimacy of the proceeding. Speaking at a news conference with visiting German Chancellor [read more]

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