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Legal news from Saturday, January 12, 2008
by Nick Fiske

The Iraqi parliament on Saturday approved a bill that will allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party to be reinstated to public life. The law, known as the Justice and Accountability Law, was introduced by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki last March and …

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by Howard Kline

A Chilean appeals court in Santiago Friday sentenced General Manuel Contreras, the secret police chief under former dictator Augusto Pinochet, to 10 years in prison. Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate, was sentenced for the kidnapping of 7 neighborhood leaders from La Legua in December 1973. …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ruled out the possibility of a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in an interview with a French newspaper published Friday. He told Le Figaro that an investigation will be conducted internally with the help of British police from Scotland Yard. …

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by Nick Fiske

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a memo saying that its officers are now required to obtain a judge's approval before a deportee can be sedated in order to facilitate his or her removal from the country. The memo, written by ICE Director of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations John Torres …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

US Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander of the Guantanamo Bay military prison, was reassigned Friday after only six months at that position. The date of Buzby's departure for the Virginia-based US Fleet Forces Command has not been publicly released. According to a brief Pentagon statement, Rear Adm. David …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that NASA cannot compel low-risk contract employees working at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory to undergo intensive background checks. NASA has been conducting background checks of employees since it was founded in 1958, but contract employees were only included after the …

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