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Legal news from Tuesday, August 26, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Tuesday announced that two Guantanamo detainees have been transferred to Algeria. The DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes, and stated that another 65 detainees are scheduled for transfer. Plans for the transfer were first made public [press release; …

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by Leslie Schulman

Lieutenant-Colonel Ephrem Setako went to trial Tuesday before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Setako is the former director of the Judicial Affairs Division of the Rwandan Ministry of Defence, and served as a colonel for the Rwandan armed forces during the 1994 genocide. He is accused of …

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by Leslie Schulman

New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that twelve states have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its alleged failure to enforce provisions of the Clean Air Act requiring oil refineries to adopt measures curbing the pollution contributing to global warming. The lawsuit, filed …

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by Joe Shaulis

US District Judge Joseph Tauro held Friday that a Massachusetts statute establishing a 35-foot buffer zone outside facilities which perform abortions does not violate protesters' constitutional rights. Tauro found that the law does not unconstitutionally burden First Amendment rights or the guarantees of equal protection or due process. In upholding the …

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by Devin Montgomery

A change to Chinese criminal law which would strengthen insider trading prohibitions was introduced before the country's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (SCNPC) on Monday. If adopted during the committee's week-long session, the amendment would prohibit employees from using not only classified, but also other non-public information to buy stocks. The committee will …

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by Joe Shaulis

Swiss Prosecutor General Daniel Zappelli announced on Monday that he will not pursue money-laundering charges against Pakistani presidential candidate Asif Ali Zardari, who is the widower of the assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Zappelli explained that Geneva was left with insufficient evidence to continue after authorities in Pakistan [JURIST news …

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by Devin Montgomery

British nationals and former Guantanamo Bay detainees Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal Al-Harith have petitioned [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit in which they seek religious rights and protection from torture for those still at the facility. In the petition, docketed [08-235 text] Monday, …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US will begin providing direct financial aid to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) once the genocide tribunal takes adequate measures against corruption, stated outgoing US Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli on Monday during his final press conference in Phnom Penh. The UN-sponsored court was established to try former Khmer …

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by Joe Shaulis

Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has certified a ballot measure which could prohibit gays, lesbians and other unmarried cohabiting couples from becoming either foster or adoptive parents. Daniels announced Monday that the Arkansas Family Council Action Committee had submitted petitions containing the valid signatures of more than …

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