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Legal news from Friday, March 13, 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Department of Justice dropped the term "enemy combatant" from its legal lexicon Friday while limiting the range of persons eligible to be held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Summarizing a memo submitted to the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the Department said in a press release that …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A former official of the China Ministry of Justice criticized torture and violence in Chinese prisons Friday, calling for greater security measures in correctional facilities. The comments come following the February cover-up of the death of a prisoner, whose death was officially attributed to a game of "hide and seek," but …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Supreme Court of Afghanistan upheld a 20-year prison sentence for blasphemy against Afghani journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh in a secret February hearing, according to statements by his lawyer quoted in Thursday media reports. Kambaksh and his lawyer were unaware of the secret hearing, and were not given any …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Thursday indefinitely froze the assets of financier Allen Stanford at the instance of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Stanford was charged last month with orchestrating a fraudulent $8 billion investment scheme …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed David Ogden as the new Deputy Attorney General by a vote of 65-28. In debate Wednesday, Republicans opposed to the nomination focused on Ogden's actions while serving in the private sector, where he defended groups who actively opposed anti-pornography and pre-abortion prenatal notification laws. Before …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A Serbian war crimes court in Belgrade convicted 13 Serbs Thursday in connection with the 1991 killings of over 200 Croatian POWs at a pig farm outside the Croatian town of Vukovar. Eighteen Serbs were originally charged over the incident. Charges against two were later dropped. Fourteen of the men were found guilty of war …

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