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Legal news from Monday, April 14, 2008
by David Frueh

A federal judge on Monday sentenced Samuel Israel, III, co-founder of collapsed hedge fund Bayou Group, to 20 years in prison. US District Judge Colleen McMahon also ordered Israel to make $300 million in restitution and forfeit interests in a $100 million account. In 2005, both Israel and Chief Financial Officer Daniel Marino pleaded guilty …

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by Andrew Gilmore

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith Monday urged the passage of a new anti-terror bill [BBC Q/A] that would increase the number of days a terror suspect can be detained without charge to 42 days, up from the current limit of 28. The Counter-Terrorism Bill 2008 also includes …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Bruce Selya, a senior circuit judge for the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has been designated as presiding judge of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. The designation was made by US Chief Justice John Roberts, in an order dated March 27. The appointment will …

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by David Frueh

Serbia plans to officially request that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) resume a probe into allegations that separatist Kosovo Liberation Army leaders were involved in trafficking organs taken from Serb prisoners during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, Serbian government officials said Monday. Former ICTY Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [JURIST news …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US military said Monday it plans to release Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein from custody Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the deputy commanding general for detainee operations, Multi-National Force–Iraq, signed the order approving Hussein's release after confirming that Hussein's conduct fell under Iraq's amnesty law, which …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Myanmar is completely ill-prepared to hold a national constitutional referendum as part of a democratic political transition, UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told Reuters in an interview Monday. Myanmar's 45-member Referendum Holding Commission announced last week that it had scheduled the planned referendum for May 10, but Pinheiro said it …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court Monday granted certiorari in two cases, including Van de Kamp and Livesay v. Goldstein (07-854) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider the legal immunity of a prosecutor implicated in a wrongful conviction murder case. Convicted murderer Thomas Goldstein served 24 years in prison …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Leftist legislators continued demonstrations Monday in both houses of the Mexican Congress to protest an energy reform bill sent by Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the Mexican Senate last week. Members of Mexico's Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and several smaller parties object to certain provisions of the …

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by Caitlin Price

The Canadian Department of Justice has moved to block a Canadian Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) public hearing investigating the country's military detainee transfer process in Afghanistan, the Globe and Mail reported Monday. The government filed papers in Canada's Federal Court Friday arguing that the MPCC lacks jurisdiction to conduct …

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by Michael Sung

Zimbabwe's High Court rejected a bid Monday by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to compel the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) to immediately release the results of the country's March 29 presidential election. Last week, the High Court ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit and agreed to expedite the case [JURIST …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings told the lead prosecutor in the case that they will not seek a presidential pardon after they exhaust the appeals process, the prosecutor said on Monday. Lawyers for the three militants said the pardon process is distinct from the appeals process, …

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by Michael Sung

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Jakob Kellenberger on Monday urged the US military to allow the introduction of outside evidence during enemy combatant review hearings at the Bagram Temporary Internment Facility. Kellenberger, who was in Afghanistan for a seven-day mission to meet with senior Afghan leaders and US military officials, praised US officials …

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by Michael Sung

The Philippine government delegation to the United Nations in Geneva said Monday that Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will soon begin the process of signing and ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Philippines' accession to the optional protocol will open the country's …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A four-member Iraqi judiciary panel dismissed the last remaining charge against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein on Sunday and recommended the US release him from custody immediately. The US said this weekend that it will continue to hold Hussein despite an earlier decision by the Iraqi panel to dismiss terrorism-related charges [JURIST …

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