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Legal news from Tuesday, January 8, 2008
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Magistrate Judge John Facciola Tuesday ordered [PDF text; CREW press release] 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 [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A class of over forty Georgia inmates filed suit Tuesday in the US District Court for Middle District of Georgia [official website], 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 [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee convicted in Tunisia of criminal association lost an appeal Tuesday in a Tunis court. Lotfi Lagha [HRW backgrounder], who was transferred to Tunisian custody [JURIST report] in June 2007 after five years at Guantanamo Bay, was sentenced to three years in [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] began hearing arguments Tuesday in the sentencing hearing of convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and his two co-defendants, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi [GlobalSecurity profiles]. The government is seeking the maximum sentence of life in prison for all [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] 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 [Duke Law case [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website; JURIST news archive], 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 [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pojamarn Shinwatra, wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], 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 [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps on Monday launched a court of inquiry proceeding [Marine Corps News report] to investigate whether charges should be brought in connection with a March 4, 2007 incident [CENTCOM press release] in which 30 US Marines opened fire on civilians alongside a road in Nangahar province, [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [transcript] of the year, Ban said that although the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) [official website] has found fraud within [read more]

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