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Legal news from Saturday, August 30, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence reached a settlement agreement Friday with four claimants who say they were abused by priests several decades ago and that church officials had taken steps to cover up previous allegations of abuse. Christopher Young, Donald Leighton, Marc G. Banville, and two sisters of a fourth unnamed man who …

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by Steve Czajkowski

London's High Court Friday gave UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband a week to defend his office's refusal earlier this month to turn over documents relating to the alleged extraordinary rendition and torture of Binyam Mohamed, the last British resident still detained at Guantanamo Bay. The High …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistani authorities Saturday reinstated four more judges ousted from their positions in November when former President Pervez Musharraf proclaimed emergency rule. The reappointment of four judges of the Lahore High Court follows an announcement Wednesday that eight other judges in Sindh province were being restored to office. The latest reappointments bring the total of resinstated judges to …

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by Michael Sung

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) quashed a 25-year prison sentence against former Rwandan army officer Tharcisse Muvunyi Friday, ruling that there was insufficient evidence for his conviction on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Muvunyi will face a retrial on a charge of inciting genocide. Muvunyi is accused …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Friday that the conviction and 210 month prison sentence of Juan Francisco Salazar, who was convicted of tampering with a witness in a drug trial, were proper. A jury found Salazar guilty of violating 18 USC 1512(b)(2)(A) after evidence was presented that he threatened …

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