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Legal news from Sunday, March 2, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Belaiz on Sunday confirmed that officials from the country had visited the US base at Guantanamo Bay to identify Algerian detainees, and said that although the country would accept repatriation of the 17 still held there, some may face criminal charges upon their return. US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch [official …

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by Benjamin Klein

US Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that the House of Representatives could vote on compromise surveillance legislation as early as next week. In an appearance on CNN's Late Edition, Reyes said that a compromise bill to replace the now-defunct Protect America Act would come to …

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by Benjamin Klein

A spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has criticized the Iraqi Presidency Council for refusing to approve the executions of two defendants sentenced to death last year by the Iraqi High Tribunal for their roles in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Kurds during the Anfal campaign of 1988. The Presidency Council, consisting …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US District Court for the Northern District Illinois has refused to dissolve an injunction barring the enforcement of Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which would require physicians to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions at least 48 hours before performing the procedure. The court has repeatedly prevented the law from taking …

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by Eric Firkel

The US Department of Defense has said that two charges have been referred against Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi for his alleged connections to al Qaeda. Al-Darbi is the brother-in-law of Khalid al Mihdhar, one of the Sept. 11 hijackers who crashed a jet into the Pentagon. According to the Defense …

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