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Legal news from Tuesday, April 21, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he would not rule out the possibility of prosecuting lawyers responsible for authoring memos released last week outlining CIA interrogation policies. Obama had previously said that he would not pursue prosecutions of CIA interrogators, a pledge which drew sharp international criticism. Obama confirmed Tuesday that he …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Safford United School District No. 1 v. Redding, the Court will consider whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits public school officials from conducting a strip search of a student suspected of possessing and …

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by Safiya Boucaud

A Spanish judge on Tuesday charged Jurdan Martitegi Lizaso, the alleged leader of the Basque separatist group ETA with murder for allegedly executing a car bomb in May 2008 that killed a Spanish policeman. Three other ETA members were also charged in connection with the incident. Martitegi …

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by Brian Jackson

The lawyer for imprisoned US journalist Roxana Saberi on Tuesday appealed her recent conviction for espionage. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary reportedly said that he hoped her eight-year sentence would be changed. On Monday, Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrud urged a fair appellate process. On …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

US Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday that the Obama administration doesn't have a plan to deal with detainees at Guantanamo Bay once the facility closes. McConnell, speaking before the Senate, called the facilities at the military prison "safe and secure" and said that the administration "doesn't know what to …

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by Brian Jackson

Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his former business partner Platon Lebedev pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of money laundering and embezzlement. Khodorkovsky made two statements to the court, one reflecting his opinion on the charges, and the other specifically refuting each charge. The Russian Prosecutor General's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court issued three opinions Tuesday. The Court ruled in Ministry of Defense and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran v. Elahi that the brother of dissident Cyrus Elahi, assassinated in Paris in 1990, cannot collect on a default judgment …

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by Amelia Mathias

Turkey's Eleventh Criminal Court in Ankara on Monday granted permission for a case involving the 2006 killing of a senior judge by lawyer Alparslan Aslan to be merged with a larger case against alleged Ergenekon  coup leaders. Ergenekon is accused of planning to destabilize the country's Justice and Development Party (AKP) led government in an effort to incite a military …

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by Adrienne Lester

Delegates to the UN Durban Review Conference on Racism walked out of a speech on Monday by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he described Israel as "totally racist." Additionally, a protester dressed as a clown threw his rubber nose at the Iranian president. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released …

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by Eszter Bardi

US President Barack Obama on Monday defended  his recent decision to release memos describing interrogation methods employed by CIA  officials in questioning Guantanamo Bay detainees. He made the remarks to CIA officials who had expressed concern that their release would compromise the agency's ability to conduct effective interrogations. Obama said that due to widespread speculation about …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A Rwandan court rejected a lawsuit brought by captured Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader Laurent Nkunda seeking his release from Rwandan custody. Nkunda was apprehended by Rwandan authorities in January near the DRC border after a joint DRC-Rwandan military operation to capture him and root out Rwandan Hutu rebels operating in the DRC. He is …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a restraining order Monday that protects from bankruptcy more than $100 million in assets of financier Bernard Madoff. Chin signed the order to protect assets that will likely be forfeited by Madoff to the US government …

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