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Legal news from Friday, April 27, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Friday that a top al Qaeda operative has been tranferred to Guantanamo Bay by the CIA. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, an Iraqi citizen who is suspected of coordinating cross-border attacks on US forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan and plotting to assassinate Pakistan president Gen. Pervez …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D) introduced a bill Friday to legalize gay marriage in New York. In a press release, Spitzer said:Under current law, partners unable to enter into a civil marriage - and their children - lack legal protections taken for granted by married couples. In such areas as property ownership, inheritance, health care, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Canadian advertising executive Jean LaFleur plead guilty Friday to 28 counts of fraud for his alleged role in the federal sponsorship scandal. Lafleur is accused of billing the Canadian federal government for work which was never done, and ultimately bilking the government of almost $1.6 million in contracts his advertising firm obtained through …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Thursday introduced a bill to restrict gun sales to terror suspects. S. 1237 would give the US attorney general the power and discretion to block gun sales to people listed as suspected terrorists. Under the bill, potential buyers who were denied firearms could appeal that decision to the attorney general. …

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by Lisl Brunner

The office of the German Federal Prosecutor Friday declined to investigate a war crimes claim against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other high-ranking US officials filed by human rights groups seeking accountability for acts of torture allegedly committed at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo …

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by Lisl Brunner

A UK special court ruled on Friday that two Libyan men suspected of involvement in terrorist activities could not be deported to Libya, overriding an agreement between the two governments. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission ordered the two men released on bail, citing concerns that they would face torture and be denied …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Three US soldiers were indicted Friday for the 2003 death of a Spanish reporter who was killed when their tank fired a shell at a Baghdad hotel. A Spanish judge charged Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip DeCamp with homicide and "a crime against the international community" in the death of Jose Couso …

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by Lisl Brunner

An appeals court in Milan upheld a lower court decision Friday clearing former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of charges that he bribed judges to prevent the sale of food company SME to rivals in 1985. After the lower court acquitted, then-Prime Minister Berlusconi in 2004, he passed legislation …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US Democratic and Republic senators sparred over the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees at a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. In a rare appearance as a committee witness, US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called the detention …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Japan denied compensation claims made by five Chinese wartime slave laborers Friday, ruling that companies that utilized Chinese individuals were not obligated to provide compensation because the 1972 Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China renounced Chinese claims for war reparations from Japan. The ruling …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US Marine Corps has been told to expect charges to be filed against five to seven Marines who are being investigated for killing ten civilians near Jalalabad, Afghanistan on March 4, according to a Marine official speaking on the condition of anonymity. A preliminary US military investigation found that the Marines were among of …

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by Michael Sung

California state legislators Thursday approved a $8.3 billion dollar program to construct facilities to provide 53,000 new prison and jail beds over the next five years as part of an effort to alleviate California's overcrowded prisons. Lawmakers said that the plan will also dedicate more resources to rehabilitation and reduce …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed a Tokyo High Court decision Friday denying government compensation to two Chinese women who were forced to work as "comfort women", because the 1972 Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China renounced Chinese claims …

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by Michael Sung

The US Department of Justice released an inventory of 171 internal documents withheld from Congress Thursday, resisting congressional demands that the department disclose and release emails and memos involving the controversial firing of eight US attorneys. The withheld documents involve communications between members of Congress as well as internal department communications, many …

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