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Legal news from Tuesday, October 7, 2008
by Joe Shaulis

A US district judge ordered the Bush administration Tuesday to release 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, ruling that the Constitution forbids their indefinite detention without cause. In a ruling read from the bench, Judge Ricardo Urbina of the US District Court for the District …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Thirteen United Nations experts on Monday urged the international community to respect the rights of detainees. The statement of the 13 special rapporteurs, including Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture and cruel, inhuman and …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic has requested, in a motion released Monday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), that prosecutors release information regarding an alleged immunity deal with former US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke. …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday stayed a district order requiring senior Bush administration officials to give the House Judiciary Committee information about the forced resignations of nine US attorneys. In July, a federal district judge rejected claims of executive …

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by Caitlin Price

Five Palestinians represented by Israeli rights group Yesh Din filed suit against the State of Israel seeking $427,000 in damages for failing to protect Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank from trespassers and an illegal outpost, according to Yesh Din lawyers Monday. The suit, brought in the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, alleges that …

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by Devin Montgomery

US President George Bush on Monday criticized the Senate's judicial nominee confirmation process and defended his appointment of judges who he says strictly interpret the US Constitution. Bush made his remarks at an event sponsored by the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and the Federalist Society, and emphasized the important …

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by Caitlin Price

Russian authorities have asked Britain to extradite former Russneft oil company head Mikhail Gutseriyev, according to a Russian Ministry of the Interior spokesman Monday. Citing systematic government 'persecution', Gutseriyev resigned from Russneft in July 2007 amid Interior Ministry accusations of tax evasion and illegal business practice. The following month, Moscow's …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials at the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country announced Monday that three of the region's political leaders, including its president, will stand trial for meeting publicly with members of the Batasuna party to negotiate a ceasefire with the illegal Basque separatist group ETA. Basque President Juan José Ibarretxe …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials from Germany's ruling coalition announced Monday that they would draft an amendment to the German constitution to allow the military to aid local police forces during emergencies. Under Article 35 of the German Basic Law, the government may deploy the military domestically only if a natural disaster or accident seriously affects …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Lehman Brothers Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fuld Monday called for a new regulatory scheme for financial firms in testimony before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Fuld answered questions regarding Lehman Brother's role in the current financial crisis and the the high levels of executive compensation at the …

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