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Legal news from Thursday, March 19, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav was indicted Thursday on two counts of rape for allegedly assaulting several female employees in the 1990s. The indictment, which was filed in Tel Aviv District Court, charges Katsav with two counts of rape, multiple counts of sexual harassment and forced indecent acts, and witness intimidation. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The government of Pakistan President Ali Asif Zardari and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Pakistan Thursday, asking the court to review its February decision banning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother from holding …

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by Ximena Marinero

US Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will consider accepting in the US the 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release. The DOJ is still exploring where to transfer cleared detainees, and has declined to repatriate the Uighurs despite Chinese demands …

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by Benjamin Hackman

A spokesperson for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday that the DOJ will limit prison restrictions on John Walker Lindh, a California man known as the "American Taliban." Lindh is serving a 20-year sentence in an Indiana federal prison after pleading guilty in 2002 to supplying services to …

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by Andrew Morgan

The UK will publish the guidance it gives to intelligence officers for questioning suspects overseas, Prime Minister Gordon Brown told parliament in a written statement Wednesday. Restating the UK's unequivocal condemnation of torture, Brown said that making the applicable interrogation standards public will "protect the reputation of security and intelligence services and ... reassure ourselves …

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by Christian Ehret

Israeli forces arrested 12 Hamas leaders during raids in the West Bank Thursday. Among those seized were former Palestine deputy prime minister Nasseredin al-Shaer and Hamas officials Adnan Asfur and Raafat Nassif. The seizures came after Israel and Hamas failed to reach an agreement on a prisoner exchange on Tuesday. Israel …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will no longer prosecute owners of medical marijuana facilities that do not violate state law, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. Although the use of medical marijuana violates federal law, thirteen states have legalized its use. Holder warned, however, that the federal government would continue to prosecute dispensers that …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Judicial Conference has published a revised Code of Conduct for federal judges in the country. The revision, published Tuesday, updates the code from its last revision in 1992, and the conference said the changes were intended to simplify and clarify the code by condensing its sections and using plain language. The revised …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Italian judge presiding over the kidnapping trail of 26 Americans and seven Italians on Wednesday postponed the trial until April 22. Judge Oscar Magi suspended the case in order to allow Italy's Constitutional Court to explain its ruling last week excluding certain evidence from the case on …

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by Steve Czajkowski

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) on Wednesday signed a bill which repealed the use of the death penalty in the state. The bill replaces the use of capital punishment with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for capital felony convictions. Richardson …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

A judge for the Supreme Court of Singapore ruled Thursday that a Wall Journal Journal Asia (WSJ-Asia) editor was in contempt of court and personally liable for damages for publishing two editorials and a letter that criticized the impartiality of the city-state's judiciary. Judge Tay Yong Kwang ordered Melanie Kirkpatrick to pay …

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