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Legal news from Tuesday, May 20, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US has been unable to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay because it has been stymied by legal and practical questions about what to do with the center's detainees, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Gates said that the US has not found …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of involvement in the September 11 attacks attempted to commit suicide last month, his lawyer said Tuesday. Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi Arabian citizen known as the "20th hijacker" for his alleged role in 9/11, was reportedly upset about charges brought by the US Department of Defense that could …

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by Devin Montgomery

The White House played a "significant role" in a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject California's request for a waiver allowing the state to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks, a Majority Staff report by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Tuesday indicted a Kosovar journalist on contempt of court charges for allegedly revealing the identity of a witness in the war crimes trial of former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. Baton Haxhiu was promptly arrested on the charge [Shekulli report, in …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US House of Representatives Tuesday voted 324-84 to pass a bill which would subject members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to US antitrust law. The bill would authorize the US Department of Justice to file charges against OPEC countries for allegedly restricting oil supplies and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega Monday asked the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to block his extradition to France, arguing in court filings that extradition would violate his prisoner of war (POW) status. Noriega will remain in a US federal prison until all appeals relating to the extradition request have been …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Tuesday agreed to pay $58 million to settle lawsuits brought by 29 states and the District of Columbia regarding Merck's allegedly deceptive advertising for the painkiller Vioxx. Under the settlement, Merck agreed to submit all future TV commercials for its drugs to the …

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by Patrick Porter

The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and seven co-defendants resumed Tuesday, three weeks after a brief opening session and subsequent adjournment at the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad. Some members of the defense's legal team were missing, but lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano told AKI that he …

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by Devin Montgomery

Pakistan's governing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will propose an amendment to the country's 1973 Constitution to restrict judicial and presidential power, Pakistan's News daily reported Tuesday. The proposed amendment would raise the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court judges, limit the term of the Chief Justice to four or five years, and make judges that approved …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Military defense lawyers for the five Guantanamo Bay detainees allegedly behind the Sept. 11 attacks are attempting to delay their clients' arraignments, currently scheduled for June 5. They allege the US government has interfered with the defendants' rights to counsel by refusing to provide facilities for the review of classified evidence or to grant …

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by Devin Montgomery

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Tuesday upheld a district court ruling that the design of US paper currency discriminates against the blind in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The court found that the plaintiff in the case, American Council of the …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Jaber Elbaneh, a Yemeni-American on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List for alleged participation in acts of international terrorism, was jailed in Yemen Monday after an appeals court upheld his ten-year prison sentence. Elbaneh was indicted by the US government in 2003 for conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist organization, charges related to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Doudou Diene, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, is visiting the US this week to gather first-hand information on issues of race relations. Diene's visit comes at the invitation of the US government. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called the …

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