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Legal news from Friday, March 2, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld the dismissal of a rendition-related lawsuit by German citizen Khaled El-Masri against the CIA, deciding that the case could not be heard in a US court because of the government's state secrets privilege. The lawsuit, …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A team of Swiss forensic pathologists from Institute of Legal Medicine at Lausanne University Friday announced the results of an autopsy on deceased Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ali Abdullah, concluding that while available evidence supported the US government claim that Abdullah committed suicide by hanging last June, it was impossible …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit threw out a lawsuit challenging Ohio's death penalty procedure Friday on the grounds that the claim was filed too late. In the 2-1 opinion [Cooey v. Strickland text, PDF], judges Richard Fred Suhrheinrich and Edward Eugene Siler decided …

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by James M Yoch Jr

US Marine Corps Cpl. Trent D. Thomas was arraigned Thursday on charges of murder and kidnapping related to the April 2006 slaying of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania, but declined to enter a plea. Thomas was arraigned for the killing previously after he pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder, …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A federal judge in California on Thursday dismissed all claims in the second of four patent infringement lawsuits filed by Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft Corp.. The case, which was scheduled to begin trial March 19, concerned speech recognition technology. The ruling, issued by US District Judge Rudi Brewster, will be appealed …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Thursday agreed to extend by 18 months the compliance timeline for the REAL ID Act until December 31, 2009. In addition to the extension of the deadline imposed on states, DHS will allow states to use as much as 20 …

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by Lisl Brunner

Belgium has become the first country to criminalize investment in companies that make cluster bombs. Legislation passed the Belgian Senate on Thursday, and the Parliament plans to publish a list of companies that manufacture cluster munitions. Belgian banks KBC and Fortis have already terminated their investments in …

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by Lisl Brunner

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine has announced that he will sign a bill requiring sixth grade girls to receive a vaccination for the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. The law, which passed both houses of the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday, would take effect at the beginning …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday that Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has said as part of a court claim for British citizenship that he was shown a photo of a beaten fellow inmate and told that if he did not co-operate with interrogators he would be flown to Egypt for the …

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by Michael Sung

Meir Shamgar, the president of the Israeli Supreme Court between 1983 and 1995, has signed a public petition against Israeli Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann's recent proposal to restrict the ability of the Supreme Court to overturn laws passed by the Israeli parliament, the Knessett. The petition, to be officially …

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by Michael Sung

The US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law voted Thursday to subpoena former Justice Department prosecutors Carol C. Lam (San Diego), David C. Iglesias (New Mexico), H.E. Cummins, III (Arkansas), and John McKay (Seattle), to testify at a subcommittee hearing next Tuesday. The subcommittee issued the subpoenas after the former US Attorneys privately told …

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by Michael Sung

Thirteen defendants have been charged "with participating in two massive insider trading schemes and in two separate bribery schemes" that netted more than $8 million dollars in illegal profits for themselves and the hedge funds with which the defendants were affiliated, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the New York …

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