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Legal news from Sunday, December 2, 2007
by Benjamin Klein

Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday to vote on a controversial set of constitutional reforms proposed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The two-part referendum will determine the fate of 69 proposed constitutional amendments that would extend the presidential term from six to seven years, eliminate the limit on the number of …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said at the end of a visit to Baghdad Sunday that the US will hold Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali", and two other former members of Hussein's former regime condemned to death by an Iraqi tribunal until …

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by Benjamin Klein

US Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte said Sunday at a news conference in Baghdad that Iraqi lawmakers must take advantage of what he called the "significant results" of the recent security surge and enact laws aimed at political reconciliation. Negroponte, who was US ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, spoke with top …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

The Egyptian government has released two Shiite activists held in Egyptian custody since October who repeatedly criticized the systematic torture of prisoners in Egyptian custody. Mohammed al-Dereini and Ahmed Sobh are charged with “promoting extreme Shi’ite beliefs with the intent of causing contempt of the Islamic religion” and with “spreading false rumors and inciting propaganda that …

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by Eric Firkel

The Bush administration is invoking a secrecy defense known as Glomarization to avoid disclosing hundreds of documents concerning White House visits by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to AP citing court papers filed Friday. The administration is relying on a 1976 US Supreme Court ruling in Phillippi v. CIA, a case which arose in …

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