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Legal news from Tuesday, May 13, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

US District Court Judge Vanessa Gilmore ordered retrials for three former Enron Broadband Services executives Monday. Scheduled to begin in November, the new series of trials follows a refusal by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to dismiss remaining charges against the three after a jury failed to reach …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said Tuesday that it has transferred a former Bosnian Croat military commander who was convicted of war crimes related to the forced relocation and detention of Muslims during the 1991-95 Balkan Wars to an Italian prison to serve out his sentence. In 2003, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Pakistani court Tuesday cleared Pakistan People's Party leader Asif Ali Zardari of charges that he smuggled antiquities out of the country following the ouster of his now-late wife former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1997. AP has more.In March, a Pakistani court cleared Zardari of charges related to his …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Courts in Kosovo's northern districts have been left in legal limbo since the Assembly of Kosovo's February unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence from Serbia, the Steering Council of the Kosovo Judges' Association said Monday. The Council expressed concern that courts in the region were unable to guarantee the protection of peoples' legal rights, a situation that …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A federal judge Monday dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman against a judge who asked her to remove her niqab in court. Ginnnah Muhammad had alleged that Illinois small claims Judge Paul Paruk said he had to see her face to gauge her veracity and threatened to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Two former State Department officials lambasted the Bush administration for ineffectiveness in combating corruption in Iraq in a hearing Monday before the US Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Retired Associate Superior Court Judge Arthur Brennan, who was briefly Director of the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) at the US Embassy in Baghdad, testified …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A British civil lawsuit against members of the Real IRA alleged to have been involved with the 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland opened in a Dublin court Monday. The trial, which began in the Belfast High Court in April, was moved to Dublin so that the High Court could hear evidence …

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by Devin Montgomery

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has abandoned a 2007 plan to release approximately 22,000 "lower risk" prisoners who have less than 20 months of their sentences remaining, according to a Tuesday report in the Sacramento Bee. The proposal was intended to cut a multi-billion dollar deficit and alleviate severe prison overcrowding in California's prison system [JURIST …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Two Vietnamese journalists, Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre news agency and Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien news agency, were arrested Monday by Vietnamese authorities and charged with abuse of power in connection with their uncovering of the so-called PMU 18 corruption scandal. Project …

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by Devin Montgomery

Colombia Tuesday extradited 14 former militia leaders suspected of organizing violent massacres and drug smuggling operations to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. The guerrilla leaders had surrendered to Colombian authorities under a peace deal in which Colombian President Alvaro Uribe suspended warrants for their extradition, but Justice …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation began work at its new location in St. Petersburg Monday. The move from the Court's former home in Moscow began in February and is expected to be completed by May 21, with the Court's first session in its new home to take place the following day. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Japanese House of Representatives, approved a bill Tuesday that would allow the country's space program to be used for defense purposes, including the development of spy satellites. A lower house committee approved the bill late last week. The new bill is expected to be approved by the House of Councillors [official website, …

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by Devin Montgomery

Japanese authorities on Tuesday arrested five officials of Pacific Consultants International and its affiliate, Abandoned Chemical Weapons Disposal Corp. (ACWDC), for allegedly defrauding the Japanese government of $1.1 million in connection with a government program to remove abandoned chemical weapons left in China by Japanese troops at the end of World War II. ACWD has been the …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Death penalty charges against Guantanamo detainees Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men allegedly involved in planning the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States have been confirmed by the Convening Authority for the US military commissions and sent to defense lawyers, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Department of Defense has dropped criminal charges against Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi Arabian citizen being held at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Al-Qahtani was known as the "20th hijacker" for his alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks. According to US Army Lt. Col. …

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