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Legal news from Sunday, July 15, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles confirmed Sunday that it has reached a $660 million settlement with 552 plaintiffs in multiple outstanding clergy sexual abuse lawsuits against its priests. The settlement, which still must be approved by a judge, is the largest so far announced in the US clergy sex abuse scandal [JURIST news …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A controversial new anti-terrorism law took effect in the Philippines Sunday despite the objections of local Roman Catholic bishops, opposition politicians, and activists who mounted small protests across the country marking the occasion. The Human Security Act 2007, signed in March, authorizes the 72-hour detention of suspects without charge and allows …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh announced Saturday that Ali Hassan al-Majid, often called "Chemical Ali", will be hanged in the Kurdish town of Halabja where a notorious 1988 gas attack by Saddam Hussein's forces during the 1988 "Anfal campaign" led to the deaths of over 5000 Kurds, many of them children. In late June, …

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