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Legal news from Tuesday, January 13, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases. In Montejo v. Louisiana, the Court heard arguments on whether an indigent defendant must affirmatively accept appointment of an attorney to invoke Sixth Amendment protection from police-initiated interrogation in the absence of counsel. The petitioner …

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by Benjamin Klein

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as well as more than 100 military officers and personnel, have been sued for the wrongful deaths of two former detainees who committed suicide while at Guantanamo Bay. Family members of the deceased filed the complaint last Wednesday in the US District Court for the District …

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by Benjamin Klein

The US Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) on Tuesday heard arguments on whether to reinstate the allegedly torture-induced confession of Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad, which was thrown out by a military commission last October. Military judge Stephen Henley ruled that Jawad's …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The European Union Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel on Tuesday said that Israel is not respecting international human rights law in the Gaza Strip. In an interview with the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique, Michel said that the evidence, which experts agree upon and denounce, shows that Israel is not respecting international human rights …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The court-martial for US Marine Corp Sgt. Jermaine Nelson has been scheduled for February 16, according to a Monday report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The trial was scheduled to begin earlier this month, but a delay was granted following a ruling in which the court approved the appointment of an expert witness for the defense …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court decided two cases Tuesday. The Court ruled in Chambers v. United States that failure to report to prison does not constitute a "violent felony" for purposes of sentence enhancement under the Armed Career Criminals Act (ACCA) [18 USC § 924(e), text]. Petitioner Deondery …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Human rights groups are concerned about US President-elect Barack Obama's intentions to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open for at least 100 days after taking office, according to a Monday report in the Miami Herald. On Sunday, Obama told ABC news in an interview that he would close the base but that doing …

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by Jay Carmella

European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso on Monday said that the commission needs to see more results from Romania's effort to fight corruption and reform the judiciary, during a press conference with Romanian President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Emil Boc. Romania is currently …

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by Jay Carmella

The US military announced on Monday that the Guantanamo Bay hunger strike has increased to 42 detainees. The number was believed to be 30 last Thursday. The military attributes the increase to the recent seven year anniversary of the facility's opening. Another possible contributing factor is the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, who …

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