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Legal news from Monday, June 1, 2009
by Christian Ehret

Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr Monday asked to have his US military lawyers dismissed for arguing and disagreeing among themselves. The disputes among the members of Khadr's US defense team arose from chief defense counsel Colonel Peter Masciola's efforts to dismiss Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler as lead counsel for …

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by Andrew Morgan

Finland's Office of the Prosecutor General on Monday charged former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba with genocide and 15 associated murders. Bazaramba is accused of organizing and carrying out the killing of more than 5,000 civilians in the in the town of Nyakizu during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bazaramba was …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect Monday, heightening document requirements for entering and re-entering the US by land or sea. The initiative requires all citizens of the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean nations to have a passport or other form of approved documentation in order to enter or depart the …

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by Andrew Morgan

US automaker General Motors (GM) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. The proceedings will be handled by Judge Robert Gerber of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, the court which is also overseeing the bankruptcy of rival automaker Chrysler Group. US President Barack Obama …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court issued an order Monday allowing the government more time to appeal a ruling mandating the release of photos allegedly depicting detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. The order, issued by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, follows a Department of Justice (DOJ) request last week …

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by Andrew Morgan

The legislative committee of the Israeli cabinet on Sunday rejected a bill that would make a declaration of allegiance to a "Jewish, Zionist and democratic" Israel a prerequisite to the issuance of a national identity card. The measure was proposed last week by Knesset member David Rotem of the Israel Beytenu party, which …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases on Monday. In Bobby v. Bies, the Court ruled unanimously that a post-conviction hearing to determine the mental competency of a capital defendant convicted before the Court's 2002 ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which prohibits the …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Bilski v. Doll [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to review the scope of patentable subject matter. The Court will review a US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit en banc ruling which affirmed a Board of …

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by Andrew Morgan

A federal bankruptcy judge on Sunday approved the sale of most of the assets currently held by Chrysler Group to Italian automaker Fiat S.p.A.. Judge Arthur Gonzales of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved a bankruptcy plan that would transfer 55 percent of Chrysler to a United Auto Workers …

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by Christian Ehret

The Nevada Assembly on Sunday approved a same-sex partnership law, overriding the governor's veto by a 28-14 vote. The measure, passed in the state senate a day earlier by the requisite two-thirds vote, seeks to give same-sex partners the same rights, protections, and benefits …

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