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Legal news from Thursday, July 10, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The US and coalition forces have released more than 9,000 detainees in Iraq already this year, more than were released in all of 2007, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I). The MNF-I reported that 9,047 detainees had been released in the year to date, while 8,956 were released in 2007. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former White House advisor Karl Rove Wednesday refused to testify before a scheduled Thursday hearing of the US House Judiciary Committee in defiance of a subpoena. In May, the committee subpoenaed Rove to testify concerning any involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

South Korean prosecutors indicted two former naval officers on charges of stealing state secrets Thursday. The two men, now working for German submarine manufacturer Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, allegedly obtained classified documents about South Korea's submarine program from a navy captain, who is also under investigation. AFP has more.Cases involving the alleged theft of state secrets have …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) reached a settlement Thursday with nine Iraqi men who say they were tortured while detained by British troops in Basra in 2003. A MOD spokesman said the military had agreed to pay £2.83 million in compensation, as well as issue an apology and an admission of liability. The family …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The district court of The Hague ruled Thursday that it does not have jurisdiction to hear a case against the UN for its alleged failure to protect civilians during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Srebrenica survivors who filed the lawsuit alleged that both the Netherlands and the UN were liable for their failure to protect …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UK Employment Tribunal Thursday found for a central-London registrar who says she was harassed for refusing to perform same-sex civil unions on religious grounds. Lillian Ladele alleged that her colleagues at the Islington Council threatened and excluded her in retaliation for her beliefs, and she characterized the tribunal's decision as a victory …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Wednesday ruled that an Arizona election law requiring that independent presidential candidates register earlier than those affiliated with political parties was unconstitutional. Presidential candidate Ralph Nader had filed a challenge to the deadline, arguing that it violated his rights to free speech under the First Amendment …

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by Devin Montgomery

French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday told the European Parliament that the European Union (EU) should quickly resolve conflicts over the proposed EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon, so the body can move on to other issues. Sarkozy …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) announced Thursday that it will investigate Australian mining company Oceana Gold for possible human rights violations at the site of a planned gold and copper mine in Didipio, Philippines. According to CHR chairwoman Leila M. De Lima, Oceana Gold has been involved in the destruction of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Thursday acquitted Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski of charges related to the deaths of seven ethnic Albanian civilians, but sentenced his former bodyguard to 12 years in prison. Johan Tarculovski was accused of directing the attack that led to the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr released documents Wednesday indicating that the Canadian government knew he had been mistreated at the detention center before agents questioned him in 2004. The documents include reports on interviews with Khadr, and were among those the government was compelled to hand over to Khadr's defense …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday said the recent acquittal of Bosnian Muslim war crimes suspect Naser Oric by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) shows that the court is politically biased, and it should be closed before the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that they will revise the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations to no longer induce waivers of the attorney-client privilege and to limit what sensitive information investigators may gather. The announcement was part of a DOJ oversight hearing by the Senate Committee on …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ordered a federal court to hold an evidentiary hearing to consider whether a man sentenced to death for murder might be mentally retarded. After Michael Wayne Hall was convicted of the 1998 killing of a 19-year-old woman, he claimed at state habeas proceedings that he was …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Wednesday affirmed the conviction of a Pakistani man tried for conspiring to bomb a New York City subway station. On appeal, Shahawar Matin Siraj (Matin) argued that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure required police to produce reports memorializing oral statements that he made to …

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