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Legal news from Thursday, February 28, 2008
by Nick Fiske

One in every 100 US adults is currently in prison, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States (PCS). The report found that males were 17 times more likely than females to be imprisoned, and that African Americans and Hispanics faced significantly higher incarceration rates than Caucasians. Since …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Thursday called for the US Justice Department to launch a grand jury investigation to determine if misdemeanor contempt of Congress charges should be prosecuted against former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten for failing …

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by Nick Fiske

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a district court's denial of an emergency injunction to block enforcement of an Arizona law that penalizes employers who hire illegal immigrants while opponents of the law argue their case before the appellate court. Civil rights groups, including …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Serbian Justice Minister Dusan Petrovic signed an extradition request Thursday for the widow and son of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. Mirjana Markovic and her son Marko currently reside in Russia but are wanted in Serbia on charges related their alleged involvement in a cigarette smuggling …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque signed two international human rights treaties on Thursday, making Cuba party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Both treaties build upon ideas contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Cuba is …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A key witness in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been moved into hiding after being threatened for testifying before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, chief prosecutor Stephen Rapp said Thursday. Varmuyan Sherif, one of Taylor's former bodyguards, testified in January that Taylor …

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by Brett Murphy

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled against the deportation of former Tunisian terror suspect Nassim Saadi, finding that evidence provided by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch showed that he would likely be subjected to torture in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights …

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by Brett Murphy

An Indonesian court Thursday dismissed a civil corruption case against Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto. The court also awarded some $550,000 to Suharto on a counter-claim for damages. Lawyers for Suharto argued that the case should be dismissed because related criminal charges had been dropped, …

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by Brett Murphy

Afghan Deputy Chief Judge Mohammed Omar Ishaqzai said that Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh should be permitted to appeal a death sentence that resulted from a trial where he says he was not represented by a lawyer, the Independent reported Thursday. Kambaksh was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles …

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by Brett Murphy

A 28-mile "virtual fence" along the US-Mexico border, known as Project 28, has been placed on hold due to technical issues, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said during a joint hearing Wednesday before two subcommittees of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Richard Stana …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Thailand Thursday from self-imposed exile to face corruption charges laid against him after he was ousted in a military coup in September 2006. Thai authorities arrested Thaksin immediately upon his return and later released him on bail. Thai investigators formally asked …

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by Jaime Jansen

Chadian President Idriss Deby agreed to an international investigation into allegations of abuse of power during a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy Wednesday. The decision follows accusations leveled by Amnesty International that the government of Chad is using the current …

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by Jaime Jansen

Egyptian police arrested 25 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood Wednesday, following the arrest of 17 members on Tuesday. Muslim Brotherhood members believe the arrests targeted potential candidates for the upcoming April 8 provincial council elections. Egypt's provincial councils administer local municipal government services. These municipal elections were originally scheduled for 2006, but …

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