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Legal news from Monday, February 25, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

Three Canadian opposition MPs and a US military lawyer urged the Canadian government Monday to request the extradition and repatriation of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen being detained at Guantanamo Bay. The three MPs - Joe Comartin (NDP, Windsor-Tecumseh, Ontario), Dominic LeBlanc (Liberal, Beausejour, New Brunswick) and Vivian Barbot (Bloc Quebecois, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Russia's backing of Serbia in its denunciation of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence last week is in keeping with international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. Lavrov told Vesti 24 television that Russia is "actively supporting" Serbian efforts to restore the breakaway region to Serbian control and criticized other nations …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Cuellar v. United States, 06-1456, where the Court considered "whether merely hiding funds with no design to create the appearance of legitimate wealth is sufficient to support a money laundering conviction" under 18 USC 1956(a)(2)(B)(i). …

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by David Frueh

At least 10 Turkish universities have continued to enforce a ban on headscarves despite recent amendments to the Turkish constitution lifting the ban, according to Monday media reports. Head of the Higher Education Board Yusuf Ozcan said in a weekend statement that universities "have the duty and responsibility to adjust practices in line with the constitutional …

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by David Frueh

Pentagon General Counsel William J. Haynes II will resign his position with the US Department of Defense next month, according to an announcement from the DOD Monday. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates commented that Haynes' tenure as DOD general counsel was the longest in US history. Principal Deputy General Counsel Daniel Dell'Orto …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Embassy in Minsk and European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner issued renewed calls Monday for Belarus to release all political prisoners currently in custody. US and EU officials specifically urged the release of opposition politician Alexander Kozulin, who was sentenced to over …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A district court in Indonesia held hearings Monday to consider the second appeal of three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Indonesia ordered the lower district court to assemble a panel of judges to review the merits of …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US President George W. Bush Monday reiterated his support for a surveillance bill that grants immunity for telecommunications companies from lawsuits related to their participation in the NSA warrantless surveillance program. During a meeting with the National Governors' Association, Bush urged the House of Representatives to allow the measure to go to the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

New International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz reiterated in a Sunday interview with Serbian news site B92.net that he will do everything in his power to ensure that fugitive Bosnian Serb leaders Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear three cases, including Arizona v. Gant (07-542) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] where the Court will consider whether "the Fourth Amendment require law enforcement officers to demonstrate a threat to their safety or a need to preserve evidence related to the crime of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice told the Independent on Sunday that he was not afforded a lawyer to represent him during his four-minute closed court trial, and that he was not permitted to speak on his own behalf. Sayad Parwez …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Cuban National Assembly on Sunday, by a unanimous show of hands, officially voted Raul Castro, 76, to the position of president, and also chose Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 76, as the first vice president. Ventura is known as a hard-line supporter of former President Fidel Castro, who resigned last Tuesday, and was …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Chief Justice Ronald George of the California Supreme Court told the state's Judiciary Council on Friday that the Supreme Court is withdrawing a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at expediting death penalty appeals by allowing the Supreme Court to transfer death penalty appeals to the intermediate appellate courts, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. George had …

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