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Legal news from Saturday, October 27, 2007
by Devin Montgomery

US Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter released Friday that the Constitution does not preclude the president from wiretapping terrorism suspects without a warrant. His comments came in response to an earlier letter in which committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) …

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by Patrick Porter

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed new money laundering regulations meant to hinder the flow of funds to Hamas and to show foreign banks doing business with Palestinian counterparts that they are not violating US and Israeli counter-terrorism regulations. The new regulations include penalties of up to 15 years in prison and fines of up …

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by Steve Czajkowski

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Philip Alston said Friday he is planning an official visit to the US to investigate allegations of unlawful killings by US military and non-military actors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Incidents like the killings of Iraqi civilians in Haditha, prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, and civilian …

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by Nick Fiske

Iraqi prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon defended the death sentence for convicted Saddam Hussein-era defense minister Sultan Hashim al-Tai Friday, saying that al-Tai personally oversaw the deaths of 180,000 people during brutal military campaigns against Iraq's Kurds in late 1980's and that his use of chemical weapons and his in-court confession of involvement in the planning …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Army Board for Correction of Military Records ruled Friday that a group of African-American soldiers court-martialed in 1944 for rioting and attacking Italian POWs held at at Seattle's Fort Lawton should have their convictions overturned. One Italian POW, Guglielmo Olivotto, was found hanged in the woods the morning after the riots. The ruling applies to …

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by Nick Fiske

Myanmar's military junta has announced the release of 87 people held in the wake of the government's crackdown against protesters and political dissidents which began in August. The released prisoners include more than 50 members of the National League for Democracy, the pro-democracy political party led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The announcement follows …

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