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Legal news from Saturday, September 8, 2007
21:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge William Hoeveler Friday rejected [ruling, PDF] arguments by lawyers for former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that his extradition to France would violate his prisoner of war status, lifing a stay of extradition he imposed Wednesday. Noriega is slated for release from [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Friday approved the Patent Reform Act of 2007 [HR 1908 summary], the first overhaul of current US patent laws in more than 50 years. The bill passed 220-175 [roll call], with most Democrats supporting its passage, and most Republican opposed. US Senator Patrick Leahy [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] appealed his conviction Friday, claiming errors by prosecutors and the trial judge. In papers filed with the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website], Skilling's attorneys claim the US government's case against Skilling was based [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mohammed al-Qahtani, the so-called "20th hijacker" from the Sept. 11 attacks, has disclaimed his confession about his participation in the terrorist attacks, alleging that his statements were coerced by US torture. In documents obtained by the Associated Press Friday through the Freedom of Information Act [text], Qahtani denied involvement [read more]

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