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Legal news from Saturday, December 29, 2007
by Patrick Porter

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks was released from an Australian prison Saturday. In an statement read by his lawyer, Hicks asked the media and public to respect his agreement not to speak on a range of issues before March 30, 2008, a condition of his release. He thanked lawyers, rights groups, politicians, and others …

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by Patrick Porter

A federal judge on Friday blocked an Oregon law that would allow same-sex couples to enter into contractual domestic partnerships. The law was scheduled to take effect on January 1, but US District Judge Michael Mosman suspended it, setting a hearing for February 1 to decide whether or not to permanently block the …

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by Patrick Porter

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Friday served an indictment on politician Jacob Zuma, charging him with corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. His trial is scheduled to begin in August. Earlier this month, Zuma was elected leader of the ruling African National Congress, putting him in position to become …

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