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Legal news from Monday, March 19, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Hundreds of email documents released by the US Department of Justice late Monday show that, contrary to its earlier claims, the White House was deeply involved in discussions to fire eight US Attorneys last year, according to ABC News. There are no emails directly from US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who reportedly does not use …

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by Leslie Schulman

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. pleaded guilty Monday to one count of engaging in transactions with a specially-designated global terrorist organization after admitting to deals with Colombian terrorists. The Cincinnati-based company is charged with having paid approximately $1.7 million to Colombian terrorist group United Self-Defense Forces (AUC) between …

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by James M Yoch Jr

US Air Force Maj. Gen. Robertus Remkes, Director of Strategy, Policy and Assessments at US European Command, has expressed concern about negative military repercussions if the US House of Representatives passes resolution HR 106, identifying the World War I-era killings by Turkish soldiers of over one million Armenians as …

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by Brett Murphy

State Farm Insurance will accelerate settlement payouts to Mississippi Gulf Coast residents whose homes were affected by Hurricane Katrina, according to Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale Monday. Dale told Reuters that after the court delayed certifying a proposed settlement, he negotiated with State Farm "to bring closure for coastal homeowners." State Farm …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan will be hanged Tuesday, according to Iraqi legal sources quoted by wire services Monday afternoon. The Iraqi government has scheduled the execution despite defense lawyers' contention that the government must wait at least 30 days after sentencing to execute a defendant. Ramadan, found guilty …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Department of Defense reported Monday that Guantanamo detainee Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash admitted to collaborating on the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Kenya and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole at a Guantanamo Bay military hearing last week. According to …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Morse v. Frederick, 06-278, where the court must decide whether a student's First Amendment rights had been violated when a principal suspended him after he displayed a banner with the message "Bong hits 4 Jesus" …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US District Court for the District of Colorado began jury selection Monday in the trial of former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio. Nacchio was indicted on 42 counts of insider trading in December 2005 for allegedly selling off more than $100 million in Qwest stock in conjunction with …

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by Alexis Unkovic

British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to death in July 2002 for kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, will use a Guantanamo Bay detainee's confession to support his appeal, his lawyer said Monday. Omar's lawyer said he plans to substantiate his client's appeal …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair may one day face war crimes charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Moreno-Ocampo said Sunday that the ICC could investigate allegations of war crimes stemming from the …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A coalition of NGOs appealed to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) Monday, urging it to reconsider its requirement that participating international lawyers in the Khmer Rouge genocide trials join and pay a membership fee. The question of fees was left unresolved after judges appointed to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The constitutional crisis in Pakistan over President Pervez Musharraf's suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry deepened Monday with the resignation of seven of the country's judges, including a top judge in Pakistan's populous Punjab province. Meanwhile protests sparked by the suspension continued across Pakistan for a ninth day as …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US military lawyer for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks said Monday that his client was sedated for 24 hours last month before being told about new charges against him. Maj. Michael Mori said Hicks was given a drug to ease his complaints of stomach pain, but while the medicine took effect, a …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) urged the US and Afghanistan governments Sunday to establish a better legal framework to guide US military actions in the fight against the Taliban, criticizing US forces for civilian deaths in Afghanistan. The AIHRC said the Afghanistan Constitution and the six international human rights treaties that the country has …

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