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Legal news from Sunday, November 23, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Some officials in the formative administration of US President-elect Barack Obama have said they support the creation of a bipartisan congressional commission to investigate potentially abusive US counter-terrorism policies, according to a Newsweek report Saturday. The officials have suggested that such an investigation should be similar to the 9/11 Commission, with a focus on …

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by Devin Montgomery

Russia's Supreme Court has decided to review the actions of a Moscow District Military Court judge presiding over the trial of three men accused in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, according to a court spokesman quoted in local media reports Sunday. Judge Yevgeny Zubov on Wednesday ordered the proceedings to …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US military has assigned Army judge Col. Stephen Henley to preside over the the war crimes trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks, according to a Miami Herald report. Henley replaces Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann whose announced retirement …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Sunday called a report released last week by the UN Committee Against Torture prejudiced and false. The Committee's report had expressed "deep concern" over continued allegations that China authorities carried on the routine and widespread practice of torture and …

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