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Legal news from Saturday, January 17, 2009
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nicaragua [official website, in Spanish] 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 [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwe court ruled Friday that human rights activist and head of Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) [advocacy materials] Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website, JURIST news archive] 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 [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that they will boycott impeachment proceedings against Blagojevich in the Illinois State Senate [official website]. The lawyers, Edward Genson, Sam Adam, and Sam Adam, Jr., will boycott the impeachment proceedings [Chicago Tribune report] as a protest [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge Friday rejected a motion [text, PDF] by the Pentagon's chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to delay the military commission [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] hearing of the five detainees being held as 9/11 conspirators [JURIST news archive], set for Monday. Army Col. Lawrence [read more]

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