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Legal news from Saturday, August 18, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

A judge on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court said in an order released Friday that the court would consider what she called an "unprecedented" ACLU motion to release to the public hitherto-classified rulings on the extent of the US government's wiretapping authority. Judge Colleen …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The Supreme Court of Tajikistan Friday sentenced two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to 17 years in prison each for serving as mercenaries in Afghanistan. Mukit Vokhidov and Rukhiddin Sharopov crossed to Afghanistan in 2001 as members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; they were captured by US forces operating in the north of the country …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A spokesman for US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reacted coolly Friday to a White House bid to extend until after Labor Day the deadline for compliance with committee subpoenas for materials relating to the Bush administration's proffered legal justification for refusing to comply with earlier Congressional calls for …

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