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Legal news from Monday, August 13, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove announced Monday that he will resign his position effective at the end of August. Rove said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he first indicated last year that he planned to depart from the administration and that he plans to write a …

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by Michael Sung

Tens of thousands of people marched in Thailand Monday in support of an upcoming general referendum on whether to approve the interim government's proposed draft constitution. The march, organized by interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, is an effort to promote popular support for the draft proposal before the August 19 referendum. Surayud, who …

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by Michael Sung

Jurors in the terror trial of Jose Padilla and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi heard closing arguments Monday from federal prosecutors and defense lawyers. Federal prosecutors urged the jury to convict the three on charges of conspiracy to murder US nationals, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and …

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by Michael Sung

Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his son Timothy reported Monday to Butner Federal Correctional Complex pursuant to a June federal court order. In 2005, John Rigas, now 82, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Timothy Rigas was sentenced to 20 years in prison.In May, the US Court of …

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by Michael Sung

German Federal Commissioner Marianne Birthler said Monday that a written order instructing border guards in the former German Democratic Republic to shoot defectors is being scrutinized by prosecutors to determine whether the document, dated October 1, 1973, could lead to the prosecution of former East German officials. The order, issued by the East German Ministry …

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by Michael Sung

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) announced the further postponement of court proceedings in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor Monday, granting a request by Taylor's new defense team for additional time to prepare their case. Taylor's trial, which had been scheduled to resume …

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by Michael Sung

Retired Thai police Col. Charnchai Netirattakarn turned himself in Monday on charges of offering a judge $890,000 in bribes in exchange for a favorable ruling for ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the former ruling party Thai Rak Thai (TRT) in an electoral fraud case. Charnchai was granted $5,900 …

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by Michael Sung

The Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Ethiopian troops and insurgent forces were responsible for "rampant violations of the laws of war" during fighting between March and April 2007 in the vicinity of Somali capital Mogadishu, according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW Executive Director Ken Roth said that …

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by Michael Sung

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) on Sunday urged Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "negotiate" with the US government for the immediate release of Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. In a letter to Harper, CBA President J. Parker MacCarthy reiterated the CBA's position that detention at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news …

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by Michael Sung

Iraqi prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi announced additional charges Monday against Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid for the violent response to the predominately Shi'a uprising in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, is being charged with genocide, mass murder, and …

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