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Legal news from Friday, June 22, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) at Guantanamo Bay were pressured to declare detainees "enemy combatants" based on vague or incomplete evidence, according to a Friday affidavit filed with a DC appeals court by a US army officer involved in the tribunals. The statement by Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, who said he worked as a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith announced Friday that he will resign his post effective next week. Goldsmith, who leaves just as Tony Blair steps down after 10 years as Prime Minister, said that he has wanted to move on for some time. Incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised Goldsmith for his …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

European leaders continued to grapple Friday with disagreements over a proposed EU constitution treaty on the second day of the summit meeting in Brussels. Britain threatened to veto a watered-down version of the treaty unless it incorporated four non-negotiable issues outlined by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair earlier …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A terror suspect believed to be associated with senior al Qaeda leaders and related terrorist groups in Afghanistan was transferred to Guantanamo Bay Friday. The US Department of Defense (DOD) says that Haroon al-Afghani has admitted to serving as a courier for al Qaeda leaders. DOD officials also say that there is …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The White House Friday denied a Thursday AP report that officials are nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, saying that, although there is a general desire to eventually close the facility, "nothing is imminent". White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said that although President Bush indicated his …

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by Michael Sung

Negotiations to establish an international broadcasting treaty at the Second Special Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) failed Friday, as US and European delegations were unable to overcome fundamental differences concerning the extent anti-piracy protections should protect the retransmission of content. European delegations wanted to protect the content of the transmission, giving broadcasters …

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by Michael Sung

The Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) judgment convicting former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and other co-defendants of crimes against humanity committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail was plagued by serious factual and legal errors, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) briefing paper [PDF …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Two Chinese labor officials were arrested Friday after allegations broke that they failed to report the enslavement of hundreds of people, which included not only adults, but also children and the mentally retarded. A total of 359 people, with at least 12 children, were forced to work up to 20 hours a day without pay at various Chinese brick …

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by Michael Sung

Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande announced Friday the arrest of Rwandan genocide suspect Isaac Kamali by US authorities at the Philadelphia International Airport while Kamali was attempting to enter the United States earlier this week. Murigande hopes that Kamali, a former senior official with the Ministry of Public Works who holds dual-citizenship from France, …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Thursday that to keep guns away from the mentally ill, all states must upgrade their reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In giving his perspectives on violent crime to the NAAG 2007 Summer Meeting …

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by Michael Sung

Outgoing US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty Thursday denied playing a key role in the controversial firings of at least eight US Attorneys in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. McNulty disputed the testimony of former US Department of Justice (DOJ) aide Monica Goodling who said …

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by Michael Sung

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal district judge Thursday to block New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Missouri, and Connecticut from investigating potential violations of state consumer privacy laws in the controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program, arguing that the state secrets privilege doctrine bars the state governments from subpoenaing ten telecommunication companies to …

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by Michael Sung

US Vice President Dick Cheney has exempted his office from Executive Order 12958 as amended by Executive Order 13292, which requires executive branch officials to submit annual reports to the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) to ensure that classified information is properly secured, according to documents released Thursday by the House Oversight …

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by Michael Sung

The Portuguese government officially published a new abortion law Thursday, formally adopting the law and paving the way for it to enter effect on July 15. The law allows abortions during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy free of charge at a public hospital, but requires a meeting with a doctor who will be …

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by Michael Sung

The White House is considering the closure of detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay and the transfer of the estimated 385 detainees currently held there to other military detention facilities, AP reported Thursday. Three senior Bush administration officials told AP they believe a consensus has been building within the executive branch, saying that the proposal has "at …

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by Michael Sung

The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court began judicial proceedings against former Pharmaceutical Registration Department director Cao Wenzhuan Thursday as a part of China's crackdown on corruption at the State Food and Drug Administration, where high-ranking officials allegedly received bribes in exchange for the certification of substandard drugs. Cao alleged received $307,000 in bribes from …

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