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Legal news from Friday, August 3, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

US President George W. Bush signed an anti-terror bill Friday that implements recommendations by the 9/11 commission. The measure will transfer funds to states and cities found to be at high risk for terrorist attacks and also includes a provision to screen all air and sea cargo coming into the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A military jury in Camp Pendleton, California, Friday sentenced US Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins, III to 15 years in prison for his role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania. Hutchins was convicted Thursday of murder, conspiracy to commit …

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by Michael Sung

Pojamarn Shinwatra, wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra, filed a lawsuit Friday at the Bangkok Civil Court against the Assets Examination Committee (AEC), alleging that the AEC's seizure of $86 million of her assets was arbitrary and unfair. The AEC has seized approximately $2.1 billion in family assets …

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by Michael Sung

US President George W. Bush asked urged Congress Friday to pass legislation "modernizing" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), calling on members of Congress to postpone their scheduled August recess until the legislation is submitted to the White House for Bush's signature. Bush also threatened to veto any legislation Director …

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by Michael Sung

A military jury sentenced US Marine Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda to 448 days confinement and demoted Magincalda to private Friday for his role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania. Magincalda, who was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to …

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by Michael Sung

Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said Thursday that Rwanda has signed extradition treaties with countries in Africa, Europe, and North America following its abolition of the death penalty in July. The law ending the death penalty, which took effect July 25, was largely motivated by Rwanda's desire to receive extradited suspects accused of crimes in the 1994 …

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by Michael Sung

The UK parliament's Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill urged parliament to amend the draft climate change bill to include the monitoring and analysis of all greenhouse emissions instead of only carbon dioxide in a report released Friday. The committee also recommended that the draft bill be amended to include the …

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by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled Friday that the FBI's conduct during an 18-hour raid on the congressional offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) was unconstitutional, finding that the "compelled disclosure of privileged material to the Executive during execution of the search warrant" violated the Speech or Debate …

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by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit lifted a stay Thursday on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. The court instead put Belbacha's appeal on an expedited schedule. Belbacha is appealing a district judge's decision to deny his motion to stay his transfer to Algeria.Belbacha filed the …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday ordered the release on bail of jailed opposition leader Javed Hashmi pending his appeal of his 2004 conviction for allegedly inciting mutiny in the armed forces, forgery and defamation by circulating an unsigned letter allegedly written by army officers opposed to President Pervez Musharraf and Pakistani military operations …

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by Michael Sung

Australian Prime Minister John Howard Friday rejected calls for an independent judicial inquiry into the Australian government's handling of the terror case against Dr. Mohammad Haneef, calling it a political "stunt" by opposition Labour Party leader Kevin Rupp. During an interview with Sky News, Howard also welcomed the High Court of …

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by Michael Sung

Chilean authorities on Thursday announced the capture of former Gen. Raul Iturriaga Neumann, a former high-ranking intelligence official with the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) during the reign of former dictator Augusto Pinochet. Neumann, who has been a fugitive since June, has been convicted for the 1974 disappearance of political activist Luis Dagoberto …

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by Michael Sung

China is increasing its control over human rights activists and other political dissidents ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. HRW says that leaders in the Communist Party of China (CPC), fearing potential embarrassment brought on by activists highlighting political and social problems, have also attempted to silence …

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