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Legal news from Friday, September 7, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Louisiana state court jury Friday found nursing home owners Salvador and Mabel Mangano not guilty of the drowning deaths of residents at St. Rita's Nursing Home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Lawyers representing the Manganos, who pleaded not guilty to 35 charges of negligent homicide and 64 charges of cruelty last October, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Catholic Diocese of San Diego Friday announced an agreement to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by its clergy. In February, 42 clergy sex abuse cases were suspended - the night before they were scheduled to begin - after the diocese sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. US Bankruptcy Judge Louise …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

CIA Director Michael Hayden defended the United States' secret overseas detention and interrogation policy Friday, saying that the program had obtained vital information about the terrorist threat against the US detailed in a July report. Hayden also said that fewer than 100 people total had been detained at secret overseas facilities since the 2002 capture …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A federal judge ruled Friday that Iran must compensate the families of 241 US military personnel killed in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut. Iran has been blamed for supporting Hezbollah, the militant group behind the bombing, but the country has denied responsibility. The holding awarded $2.65 billion …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Friday objected to the planned execution of former Saddam-era Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai, saying that al-Tai should receive clemency because he was only acting under the threat of death from Saddam and had worked with the the Kurdish community while he was an official in Saddam's regime. Talabani said …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Poland will not join the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, instead opting for the same exemption clause that allowed the UK to reject the charter this summer, said Polish foreign minister Ana Fotyga Friday during a meeting on the EU's new Reform Treaty. Poland has objected to the draft charter for …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The government of Pakistan said Friday that it has reopened a corruption case against former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the same day that an anti-terrorism court ordered the arrest of his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, in connection with murder charges. Shahbaz Sharif is wanted for allegedly ordering police to kill five men while he was …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Supreme Court of Indonesia will not consider an appeal by three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 2002 bombings of two Bali nightclubs, a judge said Friday. Lawyers for Amrozi Ghufron, Ali Ghufron, and Imam Samudera had appealed on the grounds that the men were sentenced under a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Muslim women will be allowed to wear traditional Muslim niqabs or burqas and not be required to show their faces to vote in Quebec by-elections this month, an Elections Canada spokesperson announced Thursday. The official said that women would not have to show their faces if they were able to sufficiently prove their identity …

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by Jaime Jansen

Assistant US Attorney General Peter D. Keisler announced his resignation as head of the US Department of Justice's Civil Division Thursday, effective September 21. During his tenure at the Justice Department, Keisler was responsible for managing litigation over the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees. He also played a …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US government has begun setting up a "tent city" at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the US military plans to hold military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees, officials said Thursday. The military believes tribunals could begin as early as March, and the new facility will allow several detainees to …

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by Jaime Jansen

US District Judge Harold Murphy of the Northern District of Georgia lifted a stay of the controversial Georgia voter ID law Thursday, enabling the law to go into effect during Special Elections on September 18. Murphy found that the voter ID law does not impose a significant burden on an individual's right …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Department of State is satisfied that France will treat former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega as a prisoner of war if extradited to France upon his release from prison Sunday, Assistant US Attorney Michael "Pat" Sullivan said in a court filing Thursday. The US has not formally …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Iraqi government named Moussa Faraj as chair of the Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) Thursday. Farag will replace Radhi al-Radhi, who has retired in light of corruption accusations brought by the Iraqi parliament's anti-corruption committee. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accepted al-Radhi's retirement and temporarily appointed Faraj to the post until …

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by Jaime Jansen

Doctors from 16 countries have chided the US military for its medical care of detainees at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in a letter Friday to the UK medical journal The Lancet. Referring to the US policy of force-feeding detainees on hunger strike, the more than …

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