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Legal news from Thursday, February 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta testified Thursday before the US Senate Intelligence Committee that he would perform his duties according to the law while upholding the Constitution. Panetta said:I believe the Director should be responsible for shaping the role of CIA in the twenty-first century …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Nominee for Deputy Attorney General David Ogden Thursday defended his representation of parties opposing anti-pornography and pre-abortion parental notification laws during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ogden, who is presently in private practice at the law firm WilmerHale, has come under attack from conservative groups, including Focus on the …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Thursday in New York for pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, 75, is expected to remain at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where the surgery was performed, for seven to 10 days before being released. According to the Supreme …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The sister-in-law of embattled former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian on Thursday entered a guilty plea at the Taipei District Court on charges of money laundering related to a corruption scandal surrounding the former leader and his associates. Chen Chun-ying admitted she had forged documents and transferred money to bank accounts upon orders from Chen …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Senate amended the "Buy American" clause of the latest economic stimulus package Wednesday to clarify that the provision will be applied consistent with US obligations under international trade agreements. The revised language was proposed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND). The Senate also voted 31-65 to reject an amendment proposed …

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by Steve Czajkowski

China reiterated its request Thursday that all Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, held at Guantanamo Bay be returned to China after the prison's closing. Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Jiang Yu said that China objects to other countries accepting any one of the 17 detainees and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband told members of Parliament Thursday that the US did not threaten to withhold intelligence if a summary of the alleged torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed was made public. Miliband's statement was in response …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) on Wednesday granted a government request for a 120-day continuance on an intermediate appeal in its case against Guantanamo Bay  detainee Mohammed Jawad . The government asked the court to grant the continuance in light of an executive order  by President Barack …

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by Ximena Marinero

US military contractor Don Ayala pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter for the 2008 shooting of an Afghan detainee. Ayala had been charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing  detainee Abdul Salam in retaliation for Salam's earlier attack on Ayala's fellow contractor Paula Lloyd [HTS in memoriam profile]. At the time of the incident, Ayala was stationed in Afghanistan as a …

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