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Legal news from Tuesday, March 6, 2007
by Ryan Olden

US Army Specialist Agustin Aguayo 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 the war in Iraq is immoral and admitted to deliberately …

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by Lisl Brunner

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday criticized the poor human rights records of several US allies and denounced the genocide in Darfur while announcing the publication of the 2006 US State Department Country Reports on human rights. Despite the fact that Afghanistan and Iraq [JURIST news …

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by Lisl Brunner

The US state of Washington has filed a claim against the federal Department of Health and Human Services challenging a regulation that restricts access to Medicaid benefits for infants born to immigrants in the United States. The regulation extends the provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [PDF text; Families USA …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni 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 Monday. Despite these promises, one of Uganda's most senior judges, Justice James Ogoola, said the judges and lawyers would continue …

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by Ryan Olden

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo 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 pesos ($10,350) for each day of wrongful detainment. In addition, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

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. Kushayb is one of two suspects accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region. …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The jury presiding over the perjury trial of former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby returned a guilty verdict Tuesday after 10 days of deliberation in the case that began January 23. Libby faced perjury and obstruction of justice charges in connection with the investigation into the leak …

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by Michael Sung

Thomas M. DiBiagio, 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., a Republican, illegally promoted legalized slot machines with improper funds, according to an interview in Tuesday's New York Times. DiBiagio said …

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by Michael Sung

The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board 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 by the National Security Agency and the financial tracking program [JURIST …

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by Jeannie Shawl

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 will feature four panels and 14 distinguished speakers exploring a range of issues at the intersections of law, war, rights, social justice, technology, legal …

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by Michael Sung

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-Bian 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), Chen characterized Taiwan's sovereignty as " outside the People's Republic of China" …

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