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Legal news from Friday, February 20, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

A US Army Special Forces soldier facing court-martial proceedings over the killing of an Afghan civilian in March 2008 has admitted to killing the man but argued during opening statements Thursday that the act was committed in self-defense. Master Sgt. Robert Newell of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) was arraigned and …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Mary Schapiro on Thursday named Robert Khuzami as the new director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. Khuzmani replaces former director of enforcement Linda Thomsen, who stepped down from the position last week. Khuzami has previously served as a federal prosecutor in the …

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by Devin Montgomery

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said Friday that the US has agreed to return  UK resident and Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed to the country as soon as his transfer can be arranged. Mohamed was found by British authorities on Sunday to be healthy enough to …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling that dismissed a suit resulting from Hurricane Katrina brought on behalf of the US against eight flood insurers. The original suit, brought by Realtor Branch Consultants under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Both the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have committed human rights violations by attacking civilians in the Vanni region, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report alleges that both …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Under the leadership of successive Labour Party governments the UK Parliament has systematically infringed on freedoms and rights of individual British citizens over the past decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Convention of Modern Liberty. The report, compiled by the University College of London Student Human Rights Programme …

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by Devin Montgomery

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maine on Wednesday dismissed charges of making false statements [18 USC § 1001 text] against former Republican National Committee regional director James Tobin. Tobin had earlier been convicted in connection with a scheme to jam phone lines to block Democratic …

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by Christian Ehret

The Moscow Military District Court on Friday acquitted three men suspected of being involved in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The three men, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov and Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, were released  after a jury on Thursday found the evidence against them insufficient for a conviction . Colonel Pavel Ryaguzov has also been acquitted for …

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by Christian Ehret

Former Yugoslav National Army officer Miroslav Radic on Wednesday sued Serbia for the four years and six months he was detained during his trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Radic was acquitted of war crimes charges by the ICTY in 2007 and is seeking more than …

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