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Legal news from Thursday, August 7, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Convicted murderer Heliberto Chi on Thursday became the second foreign national to be put to death in Texas since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the US to stay such executions. The US Supreme Court refused to grant either …

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by Abigail Salisbury

War crimes suspect and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic has submitted a document to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) asserting that he was granted an immunity deal by former US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, conditioned on his removing himself from public life. The …

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by Devin Montgomery

Salim Ahmed Hamdan was sentenced Thursday to five and a half years in prison following his conviction Wednesday of providing material support for terrorism through his association with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders. Hamdan had pleaded for leniency after apologizing for the deaths caused …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Enron executives convicted on charges related to the 2001 accounting scandal may be eligible for new trials, depending on the outcome of an appeal by former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. Skilling was convicted under a theory of "deprivation of honest services," which allows for the prosecution of people …

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by Devin Montgomery

Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Thursday signed into law a new constitution for the country, providing for multi-party elections, an independent judiciary, and a more powerful legislature. The constitution also provides a number of enumerated rights for citizens and establishes several special commissions on issues including human rights and corruption. The document …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Pakistan's coalition government said Thursday that it would push to impeach current President Pervez Musharraf, a move that would require the endorsement of two-thirds of legislators in a joint session of parliament. Pakistan People's Party (PPP) head Asif Ali Zardari said Thursday that Musharraf had given a "clear commitment" to step down …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled to allow Christian foster parent organization Bair Foundation to proceed with its lawsuit against the well-known law firm Reed Smith, rejecting four preliminary challenges by Reed Smith. The lawsuit alleges that Reed Smith overcharged Bair for representation in an employment discrimination lawsuit, billing Bair almost one …

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by Devin Montgomery

Howard Berman (D-CA), Chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, released a letter obtained by JURIST on Thursday in which he urged the Bush administration to postpone an international nuclear trade deal with India until the country is required to provide permanent security to nuclear facilities and stop nuclear weapons testing. Berman said that …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Thursday pleaded not guilty to sodomy charges based on allegations by a former aide. The presiding judge ordered Anwar released on bail, ruling that he was not a flight risk. Anwar has denied the accusations, saying that they are part of a government campaign to to …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ordered  a district court to accept guilty pleas entered by three illegal aliens facing immigration charges. The defendants had entered unconditional guilty pleas to charges that they re-entered the country after having been removed previously, a violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

 The Supreme Court of India temporarily reinstated a government ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) on Wednesday, reversing the holding of the Delhi High Court, which had just lifted the ban on Tuesday. The lower court had reasoned that because the government had failed to supply any new evidence of SIMI's involvement in …

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