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Legal news from Tuesday, November 18, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

Eric Holder, Deputy US Attorney General during the Clinton administration, has been asked and has agreed to serve as US Attorney General for the incoming administration of now President-elect Barack Obama, according to media reports citing unnamed sources late Tuesday. If officially nominated and if confirmed by the Senate, Holder would be the first African-American …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Two alleged Bosnian war criminals were arrested Tuesday on orders from the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Radivoje Lalovic and Soniboj Skiljevic are charged with war crimes allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo, when both men worked in the Kula prison. They are accused of committing multiple ethnically-motivated crimes, including unlawful …

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by Devin Montgomery

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday lifted a suspension imposed on the trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga after prosecutors in the case agreed to share as-yet undisclosed evidence with the court. In June, the ICC had imposed an indefinite stay …

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by Catherine

California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Monday urged the state Supreme Court to review the petitions raised in reference to the recent passage of Proposition 8, the voter initiative that amended the state constitution to make same-sex marriage illegal in California. The filing comes …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Iraqi human rights activists are concerned about the treatment of detainees due to be transferred from US military custody to Iraqi authorities under the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), according to an IRIN report Monday. The pact, approved the Iraqi cabinet on Sunday and awaiting approval from the country's parliament, calls …

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by Christian Ehret

Over 100 retired admirals and generals of the United States military called Monday for a repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals in the armed forces. The controversial policy requires the dismissal of openly gay or lesbian service members. The statement was released by Admiral Charles Larson and was …

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by David Weber

UN envoy to Iraq Staffan de Mistura praised the country's new Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) on Monday, calling it a "milestone" for human rights in the region. The IHCHR was instituted on Sunday by the Iraqi Council of Representatives and is mandated by the Iraqi Constitution …

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by Devin Montgomery

The UK's former senior law lord Thomas Bingham on Monday criticized official UK legal justifications given for the 2003 US and UK invasion of Iraq, saying it was "a serious violation of international law and of the rule of law." Bingham focused on legal advice that then-Attorney General Lord …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials from the administration of US president-elect Barack Obama will likely not prosecute Americans who approved or actually carried out the torture or other harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, according to an AP report published Monday. The adoption of such a policy would be in line with plans expressed earlier in the presidential campaigns. …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann announced Monday that his retirement from the post of chief judge of US military commissions will be effective immediately. Kohlmann initially announced his retirement in September, but said then that it would not be effective until April 2009. According to an AFP report, …

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by Ximena Marinero

An Irish Times poll published Monday suggests that 52.5 percent of Irish voters would approve the Treaty of Lisbon if it were modified so that Ireland kept a European Union (EU) Commissioner and clarified Irish concerns over neutrality, abortion, and taxation. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percent, and broadly …

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by Lucas Tanglen

US president-elect Barack Obama has reportedly selected Gregory Craig to serve as White House counsel. Craig, who was an adviser to Obama during the presidential campaign, led former President Bill Clinton's defense during his 1998 impeachment proceedings. In 2000, Craig represented the father of Elian Gonzalez …

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