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Legal news from Thursday, March 29, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and White House counsel Harriet Miers were deeply involved in discussions about the firings of federal prosecutors, according to testimony Thursday from former Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sampson, who resigned earlier this month [DOJ …

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by Robert DeVries

British resident and Iraqi citizen Bisher al-Rawi is scheduled for release from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to a statement by UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett in Parliament Thursday. Held as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo since its opening nearly five years ago, al-Rawi will be returned to the UK …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Thursday that the Japanese government had pressured a Shinto shrine to honor war criminals after the National Diet Library released documents suggesting that the government was deeply involved in the decision. A document dated January 1969 shows the Yasukuni shrine consulted the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday to ignore the US Electoral College in presidential elections, instead awarding the state's 10 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Currently, the state's 10 votes go to the candidate who won the popular vote in Maryland. The Senate approved SB …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Japanese court threw out a lawsuit by a group of Japanese abandoned in China as children after Japan's defeat in World War II, officials said Thursday. Plaintiffs had alleged that the government was responsible for delaying their return to Japan by decades and, upon their return, denying them adequate state support. They …

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by Kate Heneroty

Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora Wednesday called on US law enforcement to take action to stop the flow of guns and drug money from the United States into Mexico. Mora told a gathering of business leaders that many of the arms used in the country's drug related killings were smuggled from the US …

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by Kate Heneroty

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report Thursday detailing abuse and torture suffered by seven former Guantanamo Bay detainees at the hands of Russian law enforcement agencies since their release from US custody in 2004. The seven men were released from Guantanamo Bay after it was determined they had no ties …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Muslim woman filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a judge who asked her to remove her niqab in court, claiming the request violated her First Amendment right to practice her religion. In the lawsuit, Ginnnah Muhammad alleges that state small claims Judge Paul Paruk said he had to …

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by Jeannie Shawl

JURIST and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law are hosting a one-day conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday in celebration of JURIST's 10th anniversary. Law as a Seamless Web|site features four panels and 14 distinguished speakers exploring a range of issues at the intersections of law, war, rights, social justice, technology, legal journalism, legal education …

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by Leslie Schulman

A judge in Ecuador on Wednesday reinstated 57 members of the legislature who had been dismissed earlier this month by the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The reinstatements came one week after Ecuador swore in 21 replacement legislators in order to establish a quorum for future legislative sessions. The controversy began when …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Russian Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Russian Peace Party was too small to be considered a legitimate political party under a 2004 law and should be shut down. According to the Federal Registration Service, Peace Party membership had fallen below a legal minimum that went into effect on January 1, meaning …

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