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Legal news from Monday, March 26, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism at an appearance before a US military commission Monday after the presiding judge unexpectedly disqualified two of his three lawyers. Judge Colonel Ralph Kohlmann barred civilian lawyer Joshua Dratel from the court because Dratel had not signed a …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Monday that suspected Al Qaeda operative Abdul Malik had been transferred to the Guantanamo Bay prison over the weekend. According to the statement, Malik has confessed to participating in the 2002 Paradise Hotel attack in Mombasa, Kenya, in which 13 people …

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by Caitlin Price

Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced Monday that he has vetoed five bills promoting the death penalty. House Bill 2750 and House Bill 2347 sought to make the murder of a judge and the murder of a witness in a criminal case, respectively, into capital crimes; Senate Bill 1116 [bill …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 06-480, in which a clothing manufacturer requests the Court to overrule a 1911 Supreme Court decision, Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. John D. Park & …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Italian general prosecutor Piero De Petris asked an appeals court in Milan Monday to sentence former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to five years in prison for bribing judges to stop the auction of the SME state-owned food company to a rival in 1985. Berlusconi, who denies the allegations, was acquitted of …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The trial of Desiré Munyaneza began Monday in Montreal where the former Rwandan militia commander faces seven charges in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The first witness, who remained anonymous for her protection, testified Monday that Munyaneza, a Hutu, assisted …

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by Brett Murphy

David Stockman, former director of the US Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan administration, was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements. The indictment, which also listed three others as charged, relates to his time spent as CEO of auto parts manufacturer …

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by Brett Murphy

Few Egyptians voted Monday in a referendum on proposed constitutional amendments in the face of a boycott by opposition parties that regard them as an attempt to take away basic rights. Most participating voters were either gathered by the government or were government employees granted breaks to vote. Amnesty International has condemned the amendments [press …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in two cases. US v. Williams (06-694) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, considers whether part of the federal anti-child abuse PROTECT Act of 2003 is unconstitutional for criminalizing speech …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his sympathy and apologized Monday for the "situation" faced by so-called Korean and Chinese "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II. Abe stopped short of explicitly acknowledging the alleged roles of the wartime military and government in Japan [JURIST news …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Prosecutors in Thailand filed criminal tax evasion charges Monday against the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Pojaman Shinawatra, as well as her secretary and her brother, Bhanapot Damapong. Shinawatra and her brother were arraigned by the Bangkok Criminal Court on two counts of evading taxes based on an alleged failure to …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Miyazaki District Court in Japan dismissed a lawsuit Monday by a group of Chinese men who claim they were forced to work as slave laborers during World War II because the 20-year deadline for filing compensation claims under Japanese law had expired, according to a court spokesperson. The lawsuit sought $1.56 million in damages from …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) Monday denounced a threatened boycott by four international judges appointed to the tribunal set to prosecute former Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide as a "childish game" and an excuse to delay the anticipated tribunal. The judges from the Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts of Cambodia …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks will be arraigned Monday as the first prisoner charged under the new Military Commissions Act passed by the US Congress last year. Lawyers for Hicks, who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for over five years, say …

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