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Legal news from Tuesday, January 15, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

US District Judge Marcia Cooke Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility of a life sentence for convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla. Cooke found that the enhanced terrorism penalties could be applied, rejecting the defense's argument that evidence linking Padilla and his co-conspirators to actual terrorist groups was insufficient for federal terrorism standards to …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is spearheading US efforts to form an international database of biometrics data on major criminals and terrorists, the UK Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. The program, called "Server in the Sky," would be a cooperative venture by participating countries to collect and share information such as fingerprints, iris and palm scans, facial …

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by Caitlin Price

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday praised a bill passed Saturday by the Iraqi parliament that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party to be reinstated to public life as "a step forward" for the stabilization of Iraq. Passage of the de-Baathification reform legislation was noted by …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Amnesty International Tuesday called on Iran to abolish executions by stoning, an execution method that Iran denies is still in official use. Amnesty decried stoning as a "grotesque and horrific" practice designed to inflict maximum suffering on condemned adulterers; it pointed to language in the Iranian penal code that said stones …

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by Caitlin Price

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour Tuesday urged the Sri Lankan government to abide by international law as a 2002 ceasefire with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or "Tamil Tigers," expires Wednesday. Fighting between government forces and the Tigers escalated in 2006, and last month …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Three men were sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a 2002 attempt to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Hanif and Mohammad Ashraf, all thought to belong to the Harkut ul-Mujahideen al-Almi {MIPT backgrounder] terror group, were originally sentenced to 10 years each in 2003, but appealed their convictions. The Sindh High …

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by Caitlin Price

A judge on one of Pakistan's anti-corruption Accountability Courts Tuesday dismissed charges against former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto following her December 27 assassination. Charges that Bhutto possessed assets beyond her known income, brought by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), were rejected in light of her death. Corruption …

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by Leslie Schulman

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to step up deportation of illegal immigrants serving time in US prisons and jails during 2008, ICE Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers said in an interview published Tuesday in the New York Times. Myers said ICE deported nearly 64,000 illegal immigrants who were serving time for criminal convictions …

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by Leslie Schulman

Norway has agreed to extradite an unnamed Croatian citizen wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1991 Vukovar massacre to Serbia to face war crimes charges, Norwegian officials said Tuesday. Croatia had requested the man's extradition in 2006; Norwegian justice officials concluded after an investigation that there was sufficient evidence to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that fraud claims by investors are not permitted against third parties that did not directly mislead those investors. In Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., the court held 5-3 that investors in cable company Charter Communications Inc. did not …

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by Leslie Schulman

Four ethnic Russian Estonians accused of taking part in violence that occurred last year during the removal of a Red Army war memorial in Tallinn went on trial in Estonia Monday. The violence occurred last April when Estonia removed the prominent yet controversial Bronze Soldier from the capital city and more than 1,000 ethnic Russians protested, saying …

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by Michael Sung

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, will probably head the new UK Supreme Court when it opens in 2009, the Times reported Monday. The new top court, created by the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005, will technically replace the judicial panel of the House of Lords …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the clandestine branch of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, will not appear at a closed congressional hearing later this week, his lawyer said Monday, indicating he had been excused because he would refuse to answer …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Investigating judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) met with former low-level Khmer Rouge members Tuesday in an effort to secure their cooperation with the court's mission. ECCC judges assured the former Khmer Rouge cadres that the court's mandate only permits prosecutions against high-level Khmer Rouge figures; many former members have withheld their …

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by Michael Sung

Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) members said Monday that Pakistan's lawyers will relax their ongoing boycott of the post-emergency judiciary to Thursday of every week and one hour of every day, because the backlog caused by their 12-week boycott was creating hardship for civil litigants and criminal defendants. The PBC said it continued to support …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Virginia v. Moore, 06-1082, where the Court is being asked to decide whether the Fourth Amendment requires the suppression of evidence obtained incident to an arrest that is based upon probable cause, even though the arrest …

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