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Legal news from Monday, September 22, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The Canadian Federal Court granted a last-minute stay of removal Monday for US Army deserter Jeremy Hinzman. Hinzman fled to Canada from the US in January 2004 after leaving his unit, rather than deploy to Iraq. Hinzman had applied for asylum in Canada and accused the US of war crimes in Iraq …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a government motion Friday to extend from August 30 to September 30 its deadline to file the first fifty factual returns in the habeas corpus appeals of more than two hundred Guantanamo detainees. Judge Thomas …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that the US Department of Defense must release certain photographs of alleged detainee abuse committed by US soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other civil rights groups …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US-led Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF) announced Monday that it had released an Afghan freelance journalist detained since last year as an enemy combatant. A military spokesman said Jawed Ahmad, who had been working as a videographer for Canadian television network CTV, was freed Sunday because he was no longer considered a threat. …

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by Joe Shaulis

Lawyers in Nepal began a boycott of court proceedings Sunday to protest the suspension [Nepalnews.com report] of the national bar association's leader by the Nepalese Supreme Court. The court last week suspended Bishwa Kanta Mainali, president of the Nepal Bar Association, for six months after he suggested that many Nepalese judges accept …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The Federal Reserve Board on Sunday preliminarily approved applications by independent investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to convert to bank holding companies, which would put the banks under Federal Reserve regulation, grant them increased access to bank funds and allow them to build their deposit bases. The move will place both companies, which …

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by Deirdre Jurand

South African President Thabo Mbeki insisted in an official resignation speech Sunday that allegations of his interference with the judiciary in the context of the Jacob Zuma case were incorrect. Top ANC officials called for Mbeki's resignation Friday, and on Saturday Mbeki said that he would resign. Mbeki said Sunday: I would …

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by Joe Shaulis

A US federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction requiring US Vice President Dick Cheney to preserve all his official records pending resolution of a lawsuit alleging that his office has failed to maintain records as required by law. In an opinion released Saturday, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly [official …

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