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Legal news from Tuesday, August 12, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration which was brought by Valerie Plame, the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak scandal. The appellate court found that the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a state ban on smoking in public restaurants and bars in Bavaria. The Bavarian ban is the strictest in the nation, where public smoking is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Last month, the Constitutional Court ruled …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia last week denied a request made by six ethnic Uighur Guantanamo detainees to be transferred to less restrictive facilities within the base. The petitioners argued that their solitary confinement in a higher security section of the base caused them mental …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Monday that computer and PO box use restrictions placed on those convicted of child pornography offenses are reasonable as long as they are reasonably connected to their conviction and are construed narrowly enough to allow legitimate computer and mail use. The issue …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Tuesday issued a closing order to officially indict former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, on charges of crimes against humanity and violations of the Geneva Conventions. Duch is the first suspect to …

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by Devin Montgomery

A Danish court on Monday began the trial of two men accused of planning a bomb attack on the country. The pair admitted to manufacturing an explosive compound, but have denied that they were planning an attack or that they intended to use it to make a bomb. A representative of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) [official …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Attempts to bring war crimes suspect and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic to trial were long delayed by the US, France, and England, a former spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said in a interview published in Serbian newspaper Blic on Sunday. Florence Hartmann accused former …

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by Devin Montgomery

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia  on Monday refused to grant a temporary injunction allowing concealed firearms in non-secure areas of the Atlanta International Airport. Gun ownership advocacy group GeorgiaCarry.org (GCO) and state Representative Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica) had sought to temporarily prevent the airport from enforcing …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Russian legislators on Monday adopted a measure calling for the establishment of an international tribunal [Itar-TASS report] charged with investigating allegations of genocide in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. Russia's Prosecutor General, Yury Chaika [Russiaprofile.org bio], responded to the request on Tuesday, asserting that no such body is required, since any grievances could be resolved in …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The newly-formed state council of the military group which overthrew the government of Mauritania last week passed a law on Tuesday conferring on its leader, Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, all the powers of deposed President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. On Monday, the group released Prime Minister Yahya Ould …

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