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Legal news from Saturday, June 16, 2007
11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese state media Saturday reported the release of 36-year-old lawyer and political dissident Le Quoc Quan [advocacy blog], the second pro-democracy dissident released by the Vietnamese government ahead of President Nguyen Minh Tribet's June visit to the United States. Quan, who has detained since March 8, was charged with [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge William M. Acker Jr. of the Northern District of Alabama Friday asked federal prosecutors to charge prominent Mississippi plaintiff's attorney Richard Scruggs with criminal contempt, saying that Scruggs "willfully violated" a preliminary injunction ordering Scruggs to turn over all documents secretly copied by two whistleblowers who [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Colombia Friday ordered [PDF text] the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] to release approximately 100,000 pages of documents detailing the FBI's use of national security letters (NSL) [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Mike Elston, chief of staff to US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile; JURIST news archive], announced his resignation Friday, making him the fifth Department of Justice (DOJ) official linked to the controversial firing of at least eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] to resign. Elston, whose resignation [read more]

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