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Legal news from Monday, January 8, 2007
by Caitlin Price

A staff attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps who was accused in August 2006 of leaking detainee names while stationed at Guantanamo Bay was ordered Monday to face court-martial on charges of leaking secret national defense information to a person outside the government. The complaint against Lt. Cmdr. Matthew …

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by Leslie Schulman

Illegal immigrants in the US who have been arrested and released within US borders appear to exhibit a markedly high rate of reincarceration, according to a report released by the US Department of Justice on Monday. The report...judgmentally selected a sample of 100 criminal histories, which we reviewed for evidence of arrests of criminal aliens …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority 05-1345, a case concerning whether a local ordinance would violate the Commerce Clause by requiring New York trash haulers to deliver …

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by Caitlin Price

A defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein has said she intends to sue the Iraqi government for allowing the ousted leader to be taunted moments before his execution and for allegedly allowing his body to be abused afterwards. Bushra al-Khalil told a Saudi newspaper Sunday that she plans to file her action in the International Court …

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by Leslie Schulman

Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq, who was found guilty of assisting the Sept. 11 attacks on the US, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court. According to the court, Motassadeq aided the hijackers by funneling money and helping them maintain appearances …

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by Brett Murphy

The White House said Monday that President Bush intends to nominate Zalmay Khalilzad, current US ambassador to Iraq, to serve as the next US ambassador to the UN. Rumors of the personnel change first circulated last week and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice formally announced Khalilzad's pending nomination Monday. Prior to being …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The 100-member Constitution Drafting Council in Thailand moved a key step closer to its goal of presenting a new constitution for the country within the next six months Monday by electing professor Noranit Setabutr to serve as its chairman, pending his approval by Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Whatever document the Council eventually agrees …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The war crimes trial of former Rwandan colonel and prefect of Rwanda's capital city Tharcisse Renzaho began Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Renzaho faces charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, and murder as a crime against humanity in connection with the 1994 Rwandan …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Iraqi government on Monday not to carry out the anticipated executions of two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants, saying that if the executions are carried out, they will further demonstrate Iraq's disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the wake of the December 30 hanging [JURIST …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A federal judge has ruled that a former terrorist suspect can sue a county in Detroit for alleged abuse while he was in jail. Karim Koubriti, a Moroccan national, was convicted in 2003 of document fraud and conspiracy to aid terrorists after he and three others were accused of establishing a terrorist "sleeper cell" in Detroit [Wikipedia …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The chief judge presiding over the genocide trial against Saddam Hussein for the deaths of 180,000 Kurds during the so-called "Anfal" campaigns dropped all charges against the former dictator as the trial reconvened Monday, saying Hussein's death was "confirmed." The court's decision came nine days after Hussein's execution, which …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a Canadian child can legally have three parents - two mothers and a father. The case before the court involved a lesbian couple, together since 1990, one of whom was the biological mother of the five-year-old child, and a biological father who was listed on the child's …

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