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Legal news from Wednesday, December 19, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against private security contractor Blackwater USA on behalf of an Iraqi man killed during a September 9 shooting in Baghdad. The lawsuit alleges that Blackwater guards …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday rejected California's request for a waiver that would have allowed it and 16 other states following its lead to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and light trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson told reporters that the White House prefers a single unified national standard to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Fair elections in Pakistan are impossible as long as the judiciary remains beholden to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and scores of lawyers, activists and government critics remain in detention, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Wednesday. The 84-page report details how the November 3 declaration of …

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by Caitlin Price

Three UK residents released Wednesday from Guantanamo Bay were detained by UK authorities when they arrived in the UK later in the day. Libyan Omar Deghayes and Algerian Abdennour Sameur were arrested and Jordanian Jamil el Banna was detained under the UK Terrorism Act. Deghayes and el-Banna may face extradition to Spain, although the British …

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by Caitlin Price

A French court Wednesday sentenced five Frenchmen released from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay to one year in prison for "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise" after a retrial. A sixth defendant was acquitted. The men were charged with allegedly attending combat training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. They were repatriated to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Spanish anti-terrorism court Wednesday convicted 47 Basque separatists of either leading, being a member of, or collaborating with a "terrorist organization," and sentenced each to between 2 and 20 years in prison. The 47 were members of various groups pushing for Basque independence, but prosecutors argued that all had ties to terror group ETA. Five other …

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by Caitlin Price

A judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled Tuesday that former Pfc. Steven D. Green will stand trial on April 13, 2009, for his role in the March 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family in …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Indonesian Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal of three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, an Indonesian prosecutor said Wednesday. The court's decision has not yet been formally released, but prosecutor Made Sudarmaja said Wednesday that his office has been notified of the court's decision. The three Islamic …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A court in Argentina on Tuesday convicted eight formal officials for human rights abuses committed during the 1976-83 Dirty War. The seven former army officers and a former police official were tried in connection with the kidnapping, torture and disappearances of a group of leftist guerrillas. Three defendants, including former Army chief Cristino Nicolaides, now 80, were …

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by Leslie Schulman

US District Court Judge Stephan Mickle of the Northern District of Florida granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the implementation of a new Florida voting law intended to prevent election fraud in the state. The law would prevent a person from registering to vote if their social security or driver's license numbers cannot be matched …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Israeli government has failed to investigate and indict members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for acts of violence committed against Palestinian civilians, according to a report issued Tuesday by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din. According to the report, thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed during the last seven years, …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US military contractor CACI International is allegedly responsible for the torture of more than 250 former detainees held in Iraqi prisons, according to the amended complaint filed Tuesday in a class action lawsuit pending in US federal court. According to a press release from the Center for Constitutional Rights:The complaint alleges that …

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by Leslie Schulman

The number of executions in the US in 2007 reached the lowest level in 13 years, according to the 2007 year-end report issued by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) on Tuesday. DPIC reported that there were 42 executions carried out in 2007, compared to 53 in 2006 and 98 in 1998, the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

At least four White House lawyers participated in discussions about whether the CIA should destroy videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, the New York Times reported Wednesday. It had previously been reported that Harriet Miers, who became White House counsel in 2005, had participated in internal discussions on what to do with the interrogation videos, …

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