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Legal news from Thursday, May 21, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

Authorities in Myanmar on Thursday closed the trial of pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after briefly opening it to 30 foreign diplomats Wednesday. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Wednesday that he plans to visit Myanmar "as soon as possible" to urge the release of …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that accused bomber and Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani will be prosecuted in a US federal court for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The announcement follows the ordered review of …

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by Andrew Morgan

US President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility while upholding the rule of law by trying some detainees in federal courts and others in modified military commissions. In a speech focusing on national security issues at the National Archives, Obama said that …

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by Christian Ehret

The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a same-sex marriage bill after it was amended at the request of Governor John Lynch. The bill was defeated by a 186-188 vote after a religious liberty protection clause was added to gain Lynch's approval. The amended bill, which …

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by Christian Ehret

An Italian judge ruled Wednesday that the trial of 26 Americans and seven Italians involving the 2003 abduction of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr by the CIA will proceed despite excluded evidence. Judge Oscar Magi of the Fourth Chamber of the Court of Milan determined that the case will continue despite …

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by Christian Ehret

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, which aims at expanding the federal government's authority to prosecute acts of financial fraud. Obama said that the legislation would "ensure that the problems that led us into this crisis never happen again." The …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Constitutional Court of Slovakia ruled Wednesday that the Special Court, established to try corruption and organized crime cases, violates the Slovak Constitution. The Constitutional Court found that the ability of the National Security Authority (NBU) to revoke the security clearances of Special Court judges without clear rules …

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by Christian Ehret

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday directed heads of executive departments and agencies that a sufficient legal basis is required to preempt state laws and that any legitimate state prerogatives should be fully considered, marking a departure from Bush administration policy. The memo directs against the inclusion of preemption provisions in federal regulations except where they …

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by Andrew Morgan

A Canadian man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda before a federal court. Mohammed Abdullah Warsame, a Canadian citizen of Somali descent, was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support [18 USC § 2339B] to al Qaeda, one count of providing material …

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by Devin Montgomery

FBI Director Robert Mueller told the US House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US could pose a threat to national security, even if they remain in maximum security facilities. He said that they could either participate in terrorist activities directly …

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by Brian Jackson

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 361-64 to pass the Senate version of the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the bill historic, and a stern rebuke to credit card companies that, "have unfairly profited at the expense of responsible, hardworking …

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by Devin Montgomery

UN rights investigator Richard Goldman said Wednesday that his fact-finding mission into possible human rights violations during the recent Gaza Strip conflict will continue despite objections by Israel. Goldman said that he plans to travel to the region in June and will hold public hearings to collect testimony about the alleged abuses. …

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