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Legal news from Saturday, March 24, 2007
by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a civil contempt ruling against former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian Friday, rejecting al-Arian's argument that his plea agreement exempted him from testifying before a Virginia grand jury. Under the agreement, al-Arian pleaded guilty to one …

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by Michael Sung

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Saturday defended proposed constitutional amendments - including those that will prohibit religious political parties and give the state sweeping power to prosecute terror-related offenses in special courts - as being necessary to shield Egypt from the dangers of religious sectarianism and terrorism. The referendum, slated for Monday, has …

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by Michael Sung

Colombian appellate judge Leonor Perdomo ordered the release of ex-intelligence chief Jorge Noguera Friday on the grounds that Noguera was "illegally and unconstitutionally being deprived of his freedom" because chief prosecutor Mario Iguaran had not personally issued an arrest request. Perdomo ruled that Iguaran has to personally request ex-intelligence chief's detention because Noguera was a public servant …

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by Michael Sung

The individual records of approximately 90 percent of juvenile inmates in Texas will be examined following allegations by families and community activists that prison officials arbitrarily extended sentences or in retaliation for inmates filing grievances. Commission Special Master Jay Kimbrough, appointed early this month by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to investigate the Texas Youth Commission …

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by Michael Sung

Documents released Friday night by the US Department of Justice show the direct involvement of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in a November 27 meeting to fire eight US Attorneys, contradicting claims made by Gonzales last Tuesday that while he was aware that his then-Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson …

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by Michael Sung

Iran detained eight British Royal Navy sailors and seven Royal Marines in waters along the disputed Iraq-Iran border Friday, denouncing the British forces for their "illegal and interventionist" into Iranian territorial waters. British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett issued a statement Friday, stating that London had "left the Iranian authorities in no …

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