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Legal news from Wednesday, April 15, 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

A judge in India on Wednesday removed the defense lawyer from the trial of an accused gunman in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, citing a conflict of interest. Judge M.L. Tahiliyani said Anjali Waghmare could not represent Ajmal Kasab in the special court trial because she had …

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by Christian Ehret

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Wednesday appointed former federal prosecutor Alan Bersin as assistant secretary for international affairs and special representative for border affairs to oversee illegal immigration and anti-crime efforts along the country's borders. Bersin's duties will include improving relationships with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international, …

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by Devin Montgomery

Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammad El Gharani has alleged that he has been recently abused by guards at the military prison, according to a Tuesday report  by Al Jazeera. El Gharani reportedly made the allegations during a phone interview with the Middle-Eastern news service, saying that guards regularly beat him, have used tear gas against …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada on Tuesday sought leave to appeal the prison sentence of 10.5 years given to Mohammed Momin Khawaja, the first person to be charged and tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act, arguing that the sentence was too lenient. Khawaja was convicted …

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by Ximena Marinero

The US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida state law that requires travel companies offering service to Cuba to post substantially higher bonds than companies that do not offer Cuban travel. Last month, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) entered a Statement of …

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by Ingrid Burke

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed a defamation suit filed by a former US Marine against Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) after ruling that Murtha was acting in an official capacity when he made allegedly defamatory statements to the press in 2006. Former …

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by Matt Glenn

A group of approximately 300 Afghan women protesting a law that critics say severely curtails womens' rights were confronted by a crowd of approximately 1,000 counter-protesters Wednesday, some of whom threw stones and gravel at the women. The protest took place outside a mosque run by Shi'ite cleric Mohammad Asif Mohseni who spoke out in support of …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Bolivian President Evo Morales ended his five-day hunger strike after the Bolivian National Congress approved the final version of a new election law. Approval of the law paves the way for Morales to run for another term as president this December. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted Tuesday a stay of deportation of accused Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk. The court issued the stay while it considers Demjanjuk's appeal of last Friday's order by the Board of Immigration Appeals that denied his emergency stay of deportation [JURIST …

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