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Legal news from Saturday, March 31, 2007
by Joe Shaulis

A federal district judge in San Francisco has ruled that the US Forest Service violated environmental laws when it promulgated a 2005 regulation governing the management of national forests. On motions for summary judgment in combined lawsuits brought by environmental groups, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the Northern District of California …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed Saturday that the US, Kenya, and Ethiopia are cooperating with the transitional government of Somalia to secretly detain people who have fled the recent conflict there. HRW deputy Africa director Georgette Gagnon said: "Each of these governments has played a shameful role in mistreating people fleeing a war zone. Kenya has …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The FBI released a 464-page report Friday containing details from the autopsy of Emmett Till. Till was fourteen when he was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi in August 1955 and murdered, reportedly for having whistled at a white woman. The publicity surrounding his brutal slaying helped propel the civil …

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by Natalie Hrubos

An Iranian ambassador has said his country could put 15 detained British military personnel on trial for violating international law, according to reports in state media Saturday. Iran detained eight British Royal Navy sailors and seven Royal Marines in waters along the disputed Iraq-Iran border last week, denouncing the British forces for …

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by Michael Sung

Iraqi Justice Minister Hashim Abderrahman al-Shebli told AP Saturday that he had submitted his resignation to the Cabinet Thursday, citing internal "differences" within the coalition government. Al-Shebli did not specify the particular "differences" that led to his decision to resign, but the secular Iraqi National List and Sunni representatives from the Iraqi Accord Front have …

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by Michael Sung

A US military commission at Guantanamo Bay recommended sentencing Australian detainee David Hicks to seven years in prison late Friday but all but nine months of that were effectively suspended by a military judge under the terms of a plea agreement kept secret from the panel of military officers during its deliberations. Hicks …

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by Michael Sung

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution on "Combating defamation of religions" by a vote of 24 to 14, with 9 abstentions Friday, expressing a "deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations... and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities... in the aftermath of …

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