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Legal news from Thursday, January 17, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto Thursday dismissed allegations that millions of electronic messages prior to October 2003 had been deleted, saying the White House had found no evidence that any electronic data had been lost. Fratto told reporters that:We have absolutely no reason to believe that any e-mails are missing; there's no evidence of that …

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by Nick Fiske

Former CIA Director Porter Goss never objected to plans by former head of the clandestine branch of the CIA Jose Rodriguez to destroy destruction of videotapes showing CIA interrogation of terror suspects, Rodriguez's lawyer said Thursday. This contradicts reported Wednesday closed session testimony before the US House Select Committee on Intelligence by …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Spain's highest court of appeal said Thursday that 25 appeals have been filed against verdicts handed down against convicted participants in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, both from defendants and from victims, and that it expects to receive more appeals within the next few days. In November 2007, victims vowed to appeal after a …

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by Brett Murphy

An internal document circulated to diplomats in the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade lists the US as a country that employs interrogation methods that amount to torture and where prisoners risk being tortured, according to media reports Thursday. The document, originally provided to Amnesty International in a court case it filed over Canadian treatment …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Prosecutions under a new Arizona law aimed at preventing employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants will not begin until after March 1, according to an agreement reached in federal court Wednesday. The delay will allow US District Court Judge Neil V. Wake time to evaluate the federal lawsuit challenging the controversial Legal …

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by Brett Murphy

The German Federal Ministry of Justice Wednesday circulated a new draft of a law aimed at maintaining state control over auto maker Volkswagen AG. The European Court of Justice ruled in October 2007 that a previous version of the law, which protects Volkswagen from hostile takeovers, was …

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by Lisl Brunner

Peru filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Wednesday over its ongoing maritime boundary dispute with Chile. Peru has been threatening to bring the case before the ICJ since the court resolved a similar dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in October 2007. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign …

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by Jaime Jansen

Niger authorities charged two French journalists with threatening state security Wednesday, alleging that the journalists attempted to report on rebel groups in the country's volatile north region. The West African country has been in a state of disarray since the rebirth of an ethnic Tuareg rebellion last year. The Niger government banned all foreigners and …

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by Jaime Jansen

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called for the government of Turkey to lift a ban on women wearing headscarves in universities and public offices, urging the government not to wait for a proposed constitutional amendment to pass, according to a report from the Anadolu news agency. Wednesday's remarks followed a …

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by Jaime Jansen

John Rizzo, the acting general counsel of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said Wednesday that the former head of the clandestine branch of the CIA Jose Rodriguez ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects against the direction of superiors, according to Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI). Testifying before the US …

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