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Legal news from Saturday, May 2, 2009
by Caitlin Price

The Obama administration may reinstitute controversial military commission proceedings for Guantanamo Bay military prison detainees in an announcement as early as next week, according to a New York Times report Friday. On his first day in office in January, Obama directed military prosecutors to pursue a …

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by Caitlin Price

The Pacific Islands Forum on Saturday suspended Fiji's membership in the 16-nation bloc after Fiji's current military government failed to meet a May 1 deadline to schedule elections. Niue Premier and Forum Chairman Toke Talagi said that the suspension stemmed from Fiji's recent rejection of democratic governance and obligations under the Forum's Biketawa …

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by Amelia Mathias

Lawyers for former Abu Ghraib guards said the guards intend to appeal their convictions of torture and abuse in light of the recent release of four secret CIA interrogation memos, according to a Friday report in the Washington Post. The lawyers said that the memos raise the possibility that the Abu Ghraib guards …

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by Amelia Mathias

US President Barack Obama interrupted a press briefing Friday to speak about the retirement of Justice David Souter. Speaking about the nearly two decades of service and dedication that Justice Souter had given to the court, Obama said that he had thanked him on behalf of the American people. Obama then spoke to the process of …

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