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Legal news from Thursday, February 26, 2009
by Caitlin Price

The US Senate on Thursday voted 87-11 to approve an amendment [S.Amdt. 573 text, PDF] that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. Under the doctrine, which was struck down by the FCC in 1987, broadcast licenses could be revoked if the broadcaster failed to give airtime to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US citizen and al Qaeda member Christopher Paul was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for conspiring to conduct a terrorist bombing campaign against targets in the US and Europe. Paul was sentenced by Judge Gregory Frost of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Originally from Columbus, …

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by Caitlin Price

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday sentenced former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo to 37 months in prison for wire fraud related to charges that he accepted bribes in return for granting federal defense contracts. Foggo was originally indicted in February 2007 on charges …

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by Andrew Gilmore

UK Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton gave a statement to the UK House of Commons Thursday providing details of participation with US forces in the rendition of terrorism suspects from Iraq to US detention in Afghanistan, possibly by way of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition [JURIST news …

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by Ingrid Burke

US Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday confirmed the Obama administration's intention to close Guantanamo Bay in 2010 despite his belief that the facility is now well-run and that detainees are treated appropriately by guards. After visiting the prison earlier this week, Holder told reporters that he was impressed with …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Flores-Figueroa v. United States, the Court heard arguments on whether a federal "aggravated identity theft" statute [18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1)] applies only to individuals who knowingly use another person's identification documents. In April, the US Court …

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by Brian Jackson

China's Information Office of the State Council issued its now-annual report on violations of human rights in and by the United States Thursday a day after the US State Department scolded China for a variety of human rights abuses in its annual series of country reports on human rights around the world …

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by Matt Glenn

A US Green Beret was found not guilty at court-martial Wednesday of murder and mutilating a dead body in connection with the March 2008 killing of an Afghan man near Hyderabad, Afghanistan. Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Joseph Newell of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) was charged last September in …

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by Christian Ehret

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has called for a review of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workplace immigration raid that occurred in Bellingham, Washington on Tuesday. In a Wednesday hearing, Napolitano told lawmakers that she was not made aware of the raid which resulted in the arrest of 28 …

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by Safiya Boucaud

US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced  on Wednesday that the Committee is set to begin hearings on the creation of a truth commission charged with investigating the national security policies of the George W. Bush administration. Speaking on the Senate floor, Leahy called the hearing “Getting to the Truth Through a …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Human Rights Watch released a new report on Thursday stating that Germany's bans on religious clothing and symbols, particularly those focused on the headscarves worn by Muslim women, are discriminatory and violate international human rights standards. The report details the impact that the ban has on autonomy and the rights …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic on Thursday was acquitted of all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Also Thursday, five other former high-ranking Yugoslav officials were convicted for crimes …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US State Department (DOS) on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Announcing the release, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at home and to continue to promote the recognition and protection …

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by Ximena Marinero

A judge in Lebanon on Wednesday granted bail to three men suspected of involvement in the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The judge did not explain why he released them within days of the planned start-up date for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (SLT). …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Wednesday found three former guerrilla leaders guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their roles in the country's civil war. Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon, and Augustine Gbao are the three highest-ranking surviving Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leaders, after founder Foday Sankoy died …

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