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Legal news from Saturday, January 17, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

The Supreme Court of Nicaragua on Friday overturned the corruption conviction of former president Arnoldo Aleman. Aleman was convicted of money laundering and embezzlement in 2003, after being accused of taking up to $100 million from the Nicaraguan government. He had been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but had served only four years, with …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A Zimbabwe court ruled Friday that human rights activist and head of Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Jestina Mukoko can appeal her detention to the country's Supreme Court. Mukoko's claim that her detention violates her constitutional rights was allowed to go forward after Harare Magistrate Archie Wochiunga ruled that the state …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Lawyers for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich announced Friday that they will boycott impeachment proceedings against Blagojevich in the Illinois State Senate. The lawyers, Edward Genson, Sam Adam, and Sam Adam, Jr., will boycott the impeachment proceedings as a protest against Senate procedures they believe will rob Blagojevich of his …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A military judge Friday rejected a motion by the Pentagon's chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay to delay the military commission hearing of the five detainees being held as 9/11 conspirators, set for Monday. Army Col. Lawrence J. Morris requested the delay in part because of uncertainty …

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