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Legal news from Friday, June 8, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Iran confirmed for the first time that it is detaining Iranian-American peace activist Ali Shakeri, the Iranian Students News Agency reported Friday. Shakeri, a founding member of the University of California, Irvine, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, is the fourth dual US citizen Iran has detained in recent months. Sources say he planned to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The White House has increased the size of its legal team to deal with continued requests from Democratic congressmembers investigating the US attorney scandal, prewar intelligence, and other questions, according to Friday reports. White House counsel Fred Fielding, who replaced Harriet Miers in January, has created several new positions as …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka stopped the forced eviction of ethnic Tamils from the capital city of Colombo Friday, calling the government "misguided" in its latest attempt to reduce attacks by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or "Tamil Tigers." Later in the day, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse [official …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Attorney General of Afghanistan Abdul Jabbar Sabet Friday accused Army General Deen Mohammed Jurat and Jurat's numerous armed bodyguards of attacking him and his men. Sabet says his group, which included the mayor of Kabul and several members of parliament, were traveling north of Kabul when they stopped at a roadblock. Sabet said he left …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

US Senate Republicans Thursday threatened to shut down business in the Senate after Democrats postponed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the nomination of Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Leslie H. Southwick to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The postponement came during the committee's weekly Executive Business Meeting, …

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by Michael Sung

A dozen prominent legal scholars submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Thursday, arguing that Libby's conviction could be overturned on appeal because the appointment of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald raises serious constitutional issues involving the separation of powers. The legal scholars, …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen Thursday signed legislation which starting on July 1 will allow those who were convicted for protesting laws designed to enforce racial segregation to receive a full pardon and to have their criminal records destroyed. The Rosa Parks Act, named after the late Alabama civil rights activist, also allows an estate of …

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by Michael Sung

Chilean Supreme Court judge Urbano Marin Vallejo ordered the house arrest of Alberto Fujimori Friday, responding to concerns that the former Peruvian President held in Chilean custody since 2005 will try to flee the country. Judge Orlando Antonio Alvarez Hernandez, also on the Supreme Court, is currently reviewing a recommendation by Chile's chief prosecutor …

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by Michael Sung

Indicted US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) pleaded not guilty Friday to charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including bribery, racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Jefferson allegedly accepted approximately $500,000 in bribes from numerous companies both in the US and in Africa and faces a maximum sentence …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday delayed its ruling on whether it has jurisdiction over the legal disputes involving the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, putting that off until next week. Legal observers say the delay may reflect internal disagreement amongst the thirteen justices that sit on the …

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by Michael Sung

The New Hampshire State Senate voted 15-9 Thursday to repeal a 2003 law requiring parental notification for minors seeking an abortion. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has indicated that he will sign the bill, which was initially passed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 21 …

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by Michael Sung

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) established and operated secret detention centers in Romania and Poland between 2002 and 2005, according to a report adopted Friday by the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of …

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by Michael Sung

US Marines Staff Sgt. Justin Laughner testified Thursday at the Article 32 hearing for Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, the commander in charge of the Marine battalion implicated in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha, that a superior officer, Lt. Andrew Grayson, ordered him to delete photographic evidence …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The trial of 26 US Central Intelligence Agency agents and two former Italian intelligence officials in the 2003 abduction and rendition of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr opened in Milan Friday in the absence of all American defendants. This is the first trial based on the CIA …

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by Michael Sung

The number of death sentences handed down by Chinese courts in the first five months of 2007 has decreased following the implementation of reforms which require all death sentences to receive the approval of the Supreme People's Court, Chinese state media reported Thursday. Citing statistics from the Beijing No. 1 and No. 2 Intermediate People's …

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by Michael Sung

The US Senate voted 50-45 late Thursday to reject a cloture motion for the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 Thursday, falling 10 votes short of limiting the debate on the legislation to thirty-hours and restricting the introduction of new amendments. The failure of the motion, supported by senators …

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