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Legal news from Thursday, August 23, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

An Austrian writer wanted for denying the Holocaust was arrested Thursday by Spanish police in Malaga, Spain. Gerd Honsik was convicted of neo-Nazi activities in his native Austria in 1992 and sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison, but fled to Spain to avoid jail time. Honsik has written books denying the Nazi genocide against Jews during …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The man who shot former Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1972 will be released from prison this year, after serving 35 years of a 53-year sentence, a prison official said Thursday. Arthur Bremer is scheduled to leave prison on December 16, although he may be released sooner for good behavior. Bremer has not expressed any …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday agreed to reconsider its June ruling that the military cannot seize and imprison civilians lawfully residing in the United States and detain them as "enemy combatants". In June, the court rejected government arguments that the president was authorized to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, personally killed at least 15 men suspected of participating in a Shi'a uprising in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War, according to testimony offered Thursday in the crimes against humanity trial ongoing …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Swiss Federal Tribunal, Switzerland's supreme court, ruled Thursday that Swiss authorities cannot hand over to Russia financial documents linked to Russian oil giant Yukos, finding that the Russian prosecution of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev was politically …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has refused to sign a bill that would give courts the authority to force journalists to disclose confidential sources. The Media Bill 2007 also establishes an independent council to adjudicate complaints against the media, but Kibaki specifically objected Wednesday to clause 35 subclause (4), which he said "could act as a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Japan's national bar association Thursday criticized the execution of three death row inmates and called for a moratorium on the death penalty until new safeguards can be enacted to prevent wrongful executions based on dubious evidence. The Federation of Bar Associations said that flaws in the justice system create a high risk for …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former US Attorney Bradley Schlozman, alleged to have improperly influenced decisions to prosecute voter fraud, has resigned his post in the Executive Office of US Attorneys at the Department of Justice (DOJ), DOJ spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said Wednesday. Schlozman, who previously had served as acting chief of the DOJ Civil Rights Division, was …

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by Leslie Schulman

A fistfight broke out between lawmakers in the Bolivian legislature Wednesday as opposition leaders tried to prevent lawmakers loyal to Bolivian President Evo Morales from bringing charges against four Constitutional Tribunal justices for overstepping their authority. The dispute, the latest in a series of disagreements between Morales' Movement Toward …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled Thursday that former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can return to the country, effectively ending the 10-year exile imposed after Sharif was deposed in a military coup led by current Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. In its order, the court wrote:It is declared that Mian Muhammad …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Nepal's draft Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill of 2007 does not meet international legal standards as currently drafted, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission for Jurists said Wednesday. The groups called the bill "seriously flawed" and said that it does not meet standards set forth in the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on the …

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by Leslie Schulman

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram issued a directive Wednesday to state law enforcement agencies ordering them to alert US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when an undocumented immigrant is arrested in the state. Milgram wrote that:After an individual has been arrested for a serious violation of State criminal law, the individual's …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A coalition of human rights groups in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that if human rights abuses continue to occur in Zimbabwe at the high pace they have in the first half of the year, 2007 will be the worst year on record since the country entered an economic decline seven years ago. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum …

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