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Legal news from Tuesday, February 24, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon will begin work on March 1, according to the Tribunal's Registrar, Robin Vincent. The March 1 start date for the court, established at the request of the Lebanese government after the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, will coincide with …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court decided three cases Tuesday. The Court ruled 7-2 in United States v. Hayes that a federal gun law [18 USC § 922(g)(9), text] that prohibits anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from possessing a firearm does not require that a domestic relationship between an attacker …

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by Jake Oresick

US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers on Monday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to revisit a January decision in which a three-judge panel ruled that indefinite civil commitment of "sexually dangerous" offenders was unconstitutional. The DOJ now seeks an en banc ruling on the case, and is disputing …

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by Devin Montgomery

US Attorney General Eric Holder visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison on Monday as part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) review of the suspended military commission system established to try the detainees. During his visit, Holder reviewed cases against specific detainees, toured the facilities which had housed the …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Department of Defense Monday officially released its anticipated report on detainee treatment at Guantanamo Bay in compliance with President Barack Obama's January 22 executive order mandating the review. As expected, the report concluded that conditions at the prison "are in conformity with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions." The …

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by Jake Oresick

The Swiss Green Party has collected enough signatures to force a referendum on whether the country's service members should be required to keep their government-issued firearms at military compounds. The Green Party has denounced the current practice of permitting the storage of weapons at home: An impressive …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky was transferred to Moscow on Tuesday to face new charges of embezzlement and theft, according to court officials. Platon Lebedev, Khodorkovsky's former partner at OAO Yukos Oil Co., was also transferred to Moscow from the Siberian region of Chita, where both men …

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by Jay Carmella

US District Judge Samuel Kent pleaded guilty on Monday to obstruction of justice charges in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of his secretary and former case manager. The plea agreement included an admission that the sexual conduct was not consensual, in exchange for dropping five other counts of inappropriate sexual conduct with employees. The prosecution also …

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by Eszter Bardi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Monday that a long-awaited decision on a controversial arrest warrant sought for Sudanese head of state Omar al-Bashir would be rendered on March 4. The court said that "onsidering that there have been numerous rumors over the past weeks on …

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by Amelia Mathias

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari to a Chicago federal corruption case. Three former aides to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley appealed their convictions on charges of mail fraud related to granting city jobs to political supporters. Appellants Robert Sorich, Timothy McCarthy, and Patrick …

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by Jay Carmella

Spanish Minister of Justice Mariano Fernandez Bermejo resigned on Monday due to mounting pressure following allegations that he interfered with a judicial investigation during a hunting trip with Judge Baltasar Garzon. The hunting expedition occurred just days before the launch of Garzon's investigation into corruption charges against the conservative Popular …

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