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Legal news from Saturday, April 14, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

The White House said Saturday it would cooperate with the US Senate Judiciary Committee in choosing an independent consultant to recover lost administration emails wanted to the Senate's US Attorney firing probe. On Wednesday, US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) blasted the White House for failing to turn over all documents, including …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Russian police Saturday arrested about 200 activists, including former chess great and liberal United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov, for participating in an anti-Putin protest in central Moscow. More than 9,000 police agents were dispatched to prevent the protest there. After the arrests Saturday, law enforcement authorities warned others not to …

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by Michael Sung

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Friday that he is dispatching UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicholas Michel to assist the Lebanese government and "the country's other political leaders to end their political impasse and set up a special tribunal as soon as possible" to bring the suspected plotters behind the high-profile assassination of former …

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by Michael Sung

An Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) report released Saturday concludes that a US Marine Corps Special Forces unit under the command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) violated international humanitarian law by using indiscriminate and excessive force in its response to a March 4 suicide bombing against the unit's convoy …

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by Michael Sung

Former US vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, convicted in March of perjury and obstruction of justice, will be appealing the verdict according to documents filed in court Friday. Libby's defense team had previously planned to request a new trial, bids for which are rarely granted. Libby's appeal may focus on a …

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by Michael Sung

The Bush administration Friday officially proposed amendments to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would subject more people to electronic surveillance within the United States. The proposed legislation, submitted a week before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on government surveillance slated for April 17, would allow US intelligence agencies …

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