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Legal news from Sunday, March 18, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

The FBI largely ignored growing concerns from its own lawyers and managers about the lawfulness of retrieving thousands of telephone records of US citizens between 2004 to 2006, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The allegations follow a sharply critical March 9 report by US Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine on Patriot Act …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Minutes after the Iraqi High Tribunal resumed proceedings Sunday in the Anfal trial it adjourned the proceeding after a prosecution request for more time. The trial is expected to begin again on March 26. On Thursday, two defense witnesses testified anonymously from behind a curtain. The first witness insisted he had …

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by Leslie Schulman

Over 100 members of the Egypt parliament boycotted a Sunday parliamentary session called to debate constitutional amendments proposed last year by President Hosni Mubarak. Critics say the amendments, which target 34 articles of the constitution, are designed to favor Mubarak and his ruling National Democratic Party and restrict powers of …

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by Melissa Bancroft

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized in a conference call with federal prosecutors Friday for mishandling the dismissal of eight US Attorneys. Gonzales has been heavily criticized since he fired the attorneys in 2006 amid speculation the moves were politically motivated. During the phone call, Gonzales regretted suggesting the firings were reflective of …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Polish President Lech Kaczynski assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel Saturday that Warsaw would not hinder efforts to reach agreement on a European Constitution. Poland joins Spain and Italy in their recent pledge to support Germany in reviving the European charter which stalled in 2005 after being rejected by voters in …

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by Leslie Schulman

Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has filed for an injunction to delay his military trial currently scheduled to start March 20. Maj. Michael Mori, Hicks' Pentagon-appointed lawyer, said Saturday that Hicks' defense team asked the US District Court in Washington last week to order the suspension of Hicks' military commission, …

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