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Legal news from Saturday, May 17, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Hans von Spakovsky, nominated by President Bush to serve on the six-member US Federal Election Commission (FEC), withdrew his name from consideration for the appointment Friday. The withdrawal ends a two-and-a-half-year stalemate between the administration and Senate Democrats. The former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights was named to the FEC …

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by Patrick Porter

US military defense lawyers filed a motion Friday to dismiss charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged director of the Sept. 11 attacks, and his four co-conspirators. The motion alleges that the charges were unduly influenced by "overreaching" on the part of US Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann [Air …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Texas Border Coalition, a group of Texan officials and business owners, filed a class action lawsuit Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security from constructing a fence on the US-Mexico border. The lawsuit claims that government officials disobeyed a clause in …

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by Patrick Porter

Pakistani lawyers announced plans Saturday to hold large protests in June unless the new government fulfills a pledge to reinstate Supreme Court judges ousted last year by President Pervez Musharraf. Aitzaz Ahsan, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told reporters in Lahore that lawyers would hold a "long march" from city to city …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US plans to build a new military detention facility in Afghanistan as a replacement for its current make-shift prison at Bagram Air Base, the New York Times reported Saturday. The $60-million-dollar, 40-acre facility will have the capacity to hold as many as 1,100 prisoners, and is intended to …

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by Patrick Porter

Amnesty International welcomed Saturday the recently-announced public inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist who died in British military custody in 2003. The organization called the inquiry "long overdue" but expressed concern that the investigation could lack impartiality if governed by a …

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by Patrick Porter

A French court released a bank account belonging to Russian news agency RIA Novosti Friday. The account was frozen in January, along with other accounts belonging to several Russian state organizations. The court ruled that the state news agency was a separate entity from the Russian government and should not be liable for state debts. …

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