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Legal news from Tuesday, March 6, 2007
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Specialist Agustin Aguayo [defense website] was convicted of desertion Tuesday for fleeing a base in Germany to avoid redeployment to Iraq. Though the conviction could have carried as many as seven years in prison, Aguayo was only sentenced to eight months. At court-martial, Aguayo said he believed [read more]

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[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday criticized [press briefing; recorded video; additional DOS briefing] the poor human rights records of several US allies and denounced the genocide in Darfur [JURIST news archives] while announcing the publication of the 2006 US State Department Country Reports [official website] on human [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US state of Washington [JURIST news archive] has filed a claim against the federal Department of Health and Human Services [official website] challenging a regulation [PDF text] that restricts access to Medicaid benefits for infants born to immigrants in the United States. The regulation extends the provisions of [read more]

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[JURIST] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] announced Tuesday that police would implement more transparent procedures for re-arresting suspects released by the courts in an effort to appease the country's judiciary, which went on strike [JURIST report] Monday. Despite these promises, one of Uganda's most senior judges, Justice James Ogoola [read more]

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[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] on Tuesday signed a rigorous new anti-terror bill into law. Among other provisions, the Human Security Act allows police to detain suspected terrorists for three days without charges, but it also allows victims of unlawful arrest to collect up to 500,000 [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb and two other suspects are scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in a Sudanese criminal court, according to a report by the official SUNA news agency [media website]. Kushayb is one of two suspects accused [JURIST report] by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The jury presiding over the perjury trial of former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] returned a guilty verdict Tuesday after 10 days of deliberation in the case that began [JURIST report] January 23. Libby faced perjury and obstruction of justice charges [indictment, PDF; [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thomas M. DiBiagio [corporate profile], former US Attorney for the District of Maryland, has said that he was pressured to resign in early 2005 after investigating whether associates of former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. [official profile], a Republican, illegally promoted legalized slot machines with improper funds, according [read more]

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[JURIST] The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board [official website] is expected to approve the Bush administration's controversial electronic eavesdropping and financial tracking programs when it presents its first report to Congress next week. Three members of the board told AP that warrantless electronic eavesdropping [JURIST news archive] by [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] In celebration of JURIST's 10th anniversary, JURIST and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law are hosting a one-day conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 29. Law as a Seamless Web|site [conference website] will feature four panels [agenda] and 14 distinguished speakers [profiles] exploring a range of issues at [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese President Chen Shui-Bian [official website, English version; BBC profile] has renewed calls for a new constitution for the country, prompting mixed reaction from the United States and mainland China. Speaking Sunday at a banquet hosted by the pro-independence Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) [advocacy website], Chen characterized [read more]

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