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Legal news from Saturday, March 24, 2007
12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] affirmed a civil contempt ruling [JURIST report] against former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] Friday, rejecting al-Arian's argument that his plea agreement [text, PDF] exempted him from testifying before a Virginia [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; JURIST news archive] Saturday defended proposed constitutional amendments [JURIST report] - 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 [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian appellate judge Leonor Perdomo ordered the release of ex-intelligence chief Jorge Noguera [CIP backgrounder] 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 [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [press release] early this month by Texas Gov. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Documents released Friday night by the US Department of Justice [official website] show the direct involvement of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] in a November 27 meeting to fire eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive], contradicting claims made by Gonzales last Tuesday that while he [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iran detained eight British Royal Navy sailors and seven Royal Marines [UK MOD statement] in waters along the disputed Iraq-Iran border Friday, denouncing [IRNA report] the British forces for their "illegal and interventionist" into Iranian territorial waters. British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett [official profile] issued a statement [text] Friday, [read more]

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