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Legal news from Tuesday, June 10, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Eleven former military officers facing a court-martial on charges related to their roles in a 2003 coup attempt changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty Tuesday. The 11 are charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, and are also set to be tried in a civilian court for the same activities. No shots were fired during the …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Defense counsel for Thomas Lubanga moved to dismiss all charges against the former Congolese militia leader at an International Criminal Court (ICC) status conference at The Hague Tuesday on the ground that prosecutors have refused to provide documents that could aid Lubanga’s defense. The Office of the Prosecutor filed an explanation …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

California prisons need an influx of $7 billion to bring inmate healthcare up to constitutional standards, said court-appointed prison medical overseer J. Clark Kelso Monday. The state senate has been unwilling to authorize a bond to borrow money for the project, so Kelso has appealed to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to use …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Monday dismissed a challenge to the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which provides for the discharge of openly gay service members. The suit was brought by 12 gay or lesbian former US-military members who had been dismissed under …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The White House announced Monday that US President George W. Bush signed an executive order Friday directing all federal departments and agencies to require government contractors to use the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) E-Verify system in an effort to ensure that workers meet federal immigration and …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Rwandan genocide suspect Dominique Ntawukuriryayo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, and direct and public incitement to genocide before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Ntawukuriryayo was arrested in France in October 2007 and indicted for his suspected role in organizing and …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

British law enforcement and security officials appear sharply split on the advisability of extending the detention without charge limit for terror suspects to 42 days in the run-up to a Wednesday vote on a contentious new anti-terrorism bill [materials; BBC Q/A] in the House of Commons. Unnamed senior police officers quoted by the Guardian newspaper Monday …

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by Devin Montgomery

Human Rights Watch decried conditions at Guantanamo Bay as contrary to international norms of humane treatment in a report released Tuesday, saying that detainees face extreme isolation that can cause mental trauma. The group found that many are housed alone in windowless, cramped cells for months or years on end …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Fifteen members of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) were released from custody Monday, two weeks after their arrests at a demonstration in support of detained party leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The activists had staged the event to support Suu Kyi on the day she was scheduled to be released from house arrest, …

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