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Legal news from Saturday, May 19, 2007
by Michael Sung

The US Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA) issued a partial stay Friday in the court-martial of US Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada after the defense filed a motion to dismiss asserting that the February mistrial and that subsequent refiling of charges against Watada constituted double jeopardy and …

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by Michael Sung

A New York jury found the Long Island Diocese of Rockville Centre negligent in the hiring and retention of a youth minister who repeatedly molested two victims between 1999 and 2002 on Friday, and was ordered to provide $11.4 million in damages. Paul Mones, an attorney for the plaintiffs, characterized the decision as a powerful message to …

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by Michael Sung

US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, a former staff judge advocate stationed at Guantanamo Bay, was sentenced Friday to six months in prison and is to be dismissed from the US Navy for leaking detainee names to a human rights lawyer. Diaz was convicted at a court-martial Thursday of one count of communicating …

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by Michael Sung

Spanish National Court prosecutors Friday appealed investigating magistrate Santiago Pedraz's indictment of three US soldiers with homicide and "a crime against the international community" in the 2004 death in Iraq of cameraman Jose Couso, saying that soldiers did not commit a crime because the death was an "accident of war." Sgt. Shawn …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 16 lawyers who once represented Guantanamo Bay detainees to force US government agencies to turn over recordings allegedly made of the lawyers while meeting with their clients. The CCR filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the US …

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