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Legal news from Tuesday, December 16, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Tuesday announced that three Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to their adopted homeland of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The transfer follows a November ruling by Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia …

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by Ximena Marinero

Bangladeshi President and head of the military backed interim government Iajuddin Ahmed on Monday signed the Emergency Powers (Repeal) Ordinance 2008, lifting a two-year state of emergency in order to prepare for December 29 parliamentary elections. The state of emergency, declared in January 2007, suspended democratic rights throughout the country. The Ordinance, which takes effect …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that nondisclosure requirements contained in national security letters (NSLs) sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to Internet service providers (ISPs) are violations of the ISPs' First Amendment free speech rights. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Pentagon announced Monday that US Army Col. James Pohl, who presided over several court-martial proceedings resulting from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, will be the new chief judge for the US military commissions. Pohl replaces Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, who announced his immediate retirement …

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by Andrew Morgan

US Marine Sgt. Jermaine Nelson pleaded not guilty Monday in a military court at Camp Pendleton to charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in connection with the November 2004 killing of four detained Iraqi insurgents. Nelson and another Marine, Sgt. Ryan Weemer, face …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the government must change the proposed route for its West Bank security barrier, finding that the current plan encroaches too much on Palestinian territory. The court found the government in contempt for failing to follow its previous instructions to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Hungarian Constitutional Court on Monday struck down a law that would have given certain rights to same-sex couples, ruling that it diminishes the importance of marriage. The law, passed last year, would have recognized civil partnerships between same-sex couples and unmarried couples, giving them the same inheritance, tax, and financial rights as married heterosexual …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Monday that confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder will be delayed one week, after Republicans objected that they did not have enough time to review Holder's record. Hearings were originally scheduled to begin January 8, but will …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 113-0 Monday to begin an inquiry into whether Governor Rod Blagojevich should be impeached. House Speaker Michael Madigan appointed a committee that will begin its investigation Tuesday, gathering evidence and testimony related to the charges. Hearings are expected to continue for several weeks. If …

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