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Legal news from Friday, October 19, 2007
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto attempted Friday to deflect widespread criticism of US Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding [ABC report] a form of torture during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Thursday [JURIST report]. Mukasey [WH fact sheet; PWBT profile] [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Seymour Lazar pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice, subscribing to a false tax return and making a false declaration for his role in the Milberg Weiss [firm website] kickback scheme where the firm is accused of paying up to $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks since 1984 to individuals, [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgia Supreme Court granted a stay of execution [order, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday to convicted killer Jack Alderman. The death row inmate was scheduled to die Friday at 7PM ET and had already selected his last meal. The court said it granted the stay pending a US [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former US military police commander Lt. Col. William Steele was sentenced to two years in prison [press release] Friday after being convicted of unauthorized possession of classified documents, failing to obey an order, and conduct unbecoming an officer by having an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter. Earlier Friday, Steele [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK lawmakers will investigate whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has secretly held terror suspects [JURIST news archive] on a sovereign British territory in the Indian Ocean, the Guardian reported Friday. The House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee will look into the long-standing allegations [JURIST report] of interrogations [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian police arrested four members of the Scorpions paramilitary group suspected of crimes committed in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] during Serbia's 1998-1999 war with ethnic Albanian separatists, the Serbian Interior Ministry announced [press release, in Serbian] Friday. Several members of the Scorpions, one of the most brutal paramilitary groups [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government is trying to derail a lawsuit over whether the Canadian Army [official website] in Afghanistan is transferring custody of detainees to Afghan forces to face torture by bogging it down with a flurry of technical arguments, Amnesty International Canada [advocacy website] said Thursday. Amnesty and the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentinian coast guard officer Hector Febres went on trial Thursday on charges of kidnapping and torturing four people at the Navy Mechanics School [BBC backgrounder] during Argentina's Dirty War [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. If convicted, Febres faces life in prison. Last week, an Argentinean court sentenced [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli military Brigadier General Yair Golan received a reprimand [press release] Thursday after an investigation [JURIST report] by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] into allegations that Golan improperly used Palestinians as human shields. Golan, commander of the West Bank army division, will not be promoted for at [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The first military officer to face court-martial [JURIST report; press release] for aiding the enemy since the 2003 Iraq invasion was found not guilty Friday of aiding the enemy by providing a cellular phone to detainees. Former US military police commander Lt. Col. William Steele was convicted on three [read more]

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