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Legal news from Monday, November 10, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases. In Chambers v. United States, the Court will consider whether failure to report to prison constitutes a "violent felony" for purposes of sentence enhancement under the Armed Career Criminals Act (ACCA) [18 USC § …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Muslim Defender Team (TPM), the group of lawyers representing the three men executed Saturday for the 2002 Bali bombings, said Monday that it will file charges against Indonesia's attorney general, alleging that the execution process violated the bombers' human rights. TPM argues that Indonesia violated human rights standards when authorities denied …

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by Jake Oresick

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Monday in the capital cases of Kelly v. California (07-11073) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Zamudio v. California (07-11425) [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. Petitioners in the cases were seeking new guidelines for "victim impact" evidence presented to juries during sentencing. Petitioners Douglas Kelly and Samuel …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

A Bangladeshi court on Monday ordered three members of the cabinet of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia to jail on corruption charges. Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad, and Saifur Rahman, who served as industry, social welfare and finance ministers respectively, allegedly ignored lower bidders when they awarded a Chinese company a contract to operate a coal …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

German officials on Sunday arrested an aide to Rwandan President Paul Kagame in connection with the 1994 assassination of then-president Juvenal Habyarima that touched off the infamous Rwanda genocide. Rose Kabuye, an official in the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), was arrested under a European warrant issued by …

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by Jay Carmella

Advisers to US President-elect Barack Obama have begun working on a plan to hold criminal trials in US courts for a large number of Guantanamo Bay detainees, according to a Monday report by the Associated Press. Under the plan, which would also entail the end of Guantanamo-based military commissions, the …

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by Tarah Park

The Judges Association of Serbia (JAS) has criticized a set of proposed judicial reforms slated for debate in the country's parliament beginning Tuesday. The Serbian Ministry of Justice and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Serbia have been working with the judges on the Draft Law …

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by Safiya Boucaud

John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton and now co-chair of the transition team for US president-elect Barack Obama said in an interview on Fox News Sunday over the weekend that Obama is making plans to issue executive orders to reverse some of the more contentious policies implemented during …

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