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Legal news from Tuesday, January 8, 2008
by Caitlin Price

US Magistrate Judge John Facciola Tuesday ordered the White House to report within five business days whether the millions of e-mails from 2003 to 2005 that have been deleted from White House servers in fact exist on back-up tapes. In November, US District Court Judge Henry Kennedy ordered the White House to …

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by Caitlin Price

A class of over forty Georgia inmates filed suit Tuesday in the US District Court for Middle District of Georgia, seeking compensation for alleged widespread physical abuse - including two deaths - and intimidation of prisoners statewide. Twenty-five guards and prison officials are alleged to have committed systematic beatings, later orchestrating a cover-up that included torturing prisoners …

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by Caitlin Price

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee convicted in Tunisia of criminal association lost an appeal Tuesday in a Tunis court. Lotfi Lagha, who was transferred to Tunisian custody in June 2007 after five years at Guantanamo Bay, was sentenced to three years in prison in October for associating with a criminal …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Marcia Cooke began hearing arguments Tuesday in the sentencing hearing of convicted terrorist Jose Padilla and his two co-defendants, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi. The government is seeking the maximum sentence of life in prison for all three defendants, while Padilla's lawyers are arguing that he should …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Court of Federal Claims is required to consider whether lawsuits are filed within the relevant statute of limitations even when the parties waive the issue. In John R. Sand & Gravel v. US, the Court held "that the special statute …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), assembled to investigate possible war crimes that occurred during the Liberian civil war that ended in 2003, held its first public session on Tuesday. While the commission does not have authority to try cases, it intends to take testimony from approximately 5,000 victims and suspects in order …

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by Michael Sung

Pojamarn Shinwatra, wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, returned to Thailand from self-imposed exile Tuesday to face corruption and fraud charges. Pojamarn was arrested upon arriving in Thailand, and was released on bail after a brief appearance before the Thai Supreme Court for Political Appointees.A Thai court issued an arrest warrant for …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Marine Corps on Monday launched a court of inquiry proceeding to investigate whether charges should be brought in connection with a March 4, 2007 incident in which 30 US Marines opened fire on civilians alongside a road in Nangahar province, Afghanistan, after a suicide bomber drove a vehicle carrying explosives …

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by Joshua Pantesco

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Monday that the UN "needs some strengthened investigative capacity" to combat fraud and increase transparency. During his first press conference of the year, Ban said that although the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has found fraud within the UN, more robust investigative authority would help the organization:As …

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