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Legal news from Thursday, April 23, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Kenyan prosecutors brought piracy charges Thursday against 18 Somali nationals who were captured at sea by European naval forces over the past two months and handed over to the Kenyan authorities. The suspected pirates were captured by French and German forces off the Somali coast, where they allegedly attacked several merchant ships in the area. The European …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Former Khmer Rouge prison head Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch," testified in court Thursday that he trained staff to elicit confessions from prisoners through torture. Kaing also testified before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) as to the chain of command at the …

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by Benjamin Hackman

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday adopted a new standard for authorizing and reviewing the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay proffered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) last month. The DOJ submitted a memorandum in March …

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by Andrew Morgan

A London High Court judge said Wednesday that the court will issue an order for the release of classified US intelligence relating to the detention of Binyam Mohamed if the UK government does not request the information within seven days. Lord Justice John Thomas said that UK Foreign Secretary David …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday released a report by the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicating that former attorney general John Ashcroft and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in 2002 approved the use of waterboarding and other extreme interrogation techniques used by CIA agents against Guantanamo Bay …

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by Steve Czajkowski

California Attorney General Jerry Brown said  Wednesday that portions of Proposition 209, an amendment to the California Constitution  banning the use of affirmative action for state hiring, contracting, or university admission, may violate the US Constitution. Brown made the statement in a letter to the Supreme Court of California regarding the case of Coral Construction v. City …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Connecticut General Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill granting same-sex couples the right to marry. The legislation codified the October ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which held that the Connecticut Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. The Connecticut Senate …

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by Ximena Marinero

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered Wednesday that Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad, detained since he was a teenager, be allowed to challenge his detention in federal courts without delay. The judge denied the Justice Department's motion to dismiss …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Iran by hostages from the 1979 hostage situation in Tehran. The class-action lawsuit, brought by from former hostages Charles Scot, David Roeder, Don Sharer, and the family of Barry Rosen, seeks $6.6 billion in damages. The DOJ argued in …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Constitutional Court of Moldova on Wednesday validated the recount results of the April 5 election in which the Communist Party won 60 of the 101 parliamentary seats. The court issued two acts, which cannot be appealed and are official as of the day adopted, confirming the results and validating the terms of the new …

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