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Legal news from Friday, August 24, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej formally signed the country's new constitution into law Friday. The constitution, put forward by the military-backed interim government, was approved in a national referendum last week. The interim government has praised the constitution as a step toward democracy, but supporters of deposed former Thai Prime Minister …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A US judge Friday refused to reject a French extradition request for former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to face charges of money laundering through French banks. Noriega and his wife were sentenced in absentia to 10 years in jail in 1999, but France has agreed to hold a new trial if he is extradited. Noriega's …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina sentenced a Bosnian Serb former reserve policeman to 12 years in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war. Nenad Tanaskovic was convicted for taking part in an organized attack on Muslim villages, during which thousands of Muslims …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An investigating judge who was to be transferred from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to serve as the head of Cambodia's Appeals Court will still remain on the ECCC, filling both roles simultaneously, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday. The UN had expressed concern that removing Judge …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US military lawyers appearing at the first sitting of the new US Court of Military Commission Review Friday urged the court to overturn a ruling dropping charges against Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. In June, a military commission judge held that he had no jurisdiction over Khadr because a Guantanamo …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

James Ford Seale, alleged to have been a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), was sentenced to three life sentences Friday for his role in the kidnapping and death of two 19-year old teens in Mississippi in 1964. Seale was convicted in June of two counts of kidnapping resulting in death …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A UK judge Thursday ordered British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to hold off deportations of failed asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) pending a determination by an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) on whether the DRC is a safe destination. Ten rejected asylum seekers scheduled to be deported …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell has confirmed that telecommunications companies have provided vital cooperation to the warrantless domestic wiretapping program, the New York Times reported Friday. In an interview with the El Paso Times last week, McConnell called for Congress to grant immunity from prosecution to the companies that helped in …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Friday that he establish a body to draft a new Ukrainian constitution and will propose amendments to clarify the distribution of power between the presidency, parliament, and the cabinet. In remarks marking Ukraine's Independence Day, Yushchenko addressed the need for legislative and constitutional reform:The president said he was "full …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Assistant Attorney General Wan J. Kim has resigned as head of the Justice Department's embattled Civil Rights Division. Kim's resignation, announced Thursday, is effective the end of the month. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales praised Kim for "his honest opinions and valuable contributions as an advisor." According to the DOJ:During Mr. Kim's tenure, …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has refused to block organic food company Whole Foods Market from buying rival grocer Wild Oats Markets. US District Judge Paul Friedman refused to issue an injunction blocking the acquisition last week, and the US Federal Trade Commission appealed that decision to …

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by Jeannie Shawl

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte will serve as Switzerland's ambassador to Argentina when her term as ICTY prosecutor expires at the end of the year, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Del Ponte, former Swiss attorney general, has served two four-year terms as the ICTY chief prosecutor. She …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A US Marines investigating officer has recommended that murder charges be dropped against Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum for his role in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha in November 2005. Lt. Col. Paul Ware said that there was insufficient evidence to support bringing Tatum …

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