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Legal news from Thursday, July 30, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday ordered that Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad be released prior to August 24. Largely adopting a proposed order filed by the government on Wednesday, Judge Ellen Huvelle granted Jawad's habeas corpus petition, giving the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chinese human rights group Gongmeng announced Thursday that its co-founder, prominent human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong was arrested at his home early Wednesday morning and has not been heard from since. The group has also been unable to reach a second staff member, Zhuang Lu. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House Judiciary Committee voted 16-9 Wednesday to approve a bill that would eliminate sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The bill, co-sponsored by committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI) would eliminate the distinction between the two forms of the drug under federal law. Conyers said:We have taken …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday announced they are conducting criminal investigations into alleged intentional misconduct by their soldiers during December and January's fighting in the Gaza strip. In a report seeking "to place the Gaza Operation in its proper factual and legal context," the IDF said that they are currently investigating 13 allegations …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ordered the release of Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee Khaled Al-Mutairi. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted Al-Mutairi's petition for habeas corpus, finding insufficient evidence for his continued detention. The classified memorandum opinion, which sets forth in detail the reasons for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday ruled that Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, is mentally competent to stand trial. Siddiqui was charged in August with assault and the attempted murder of a US officer after …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced the indictment of 32 for allegedly filing $16 million dollars in fraudulent Medicare claims. According to the indictment, those involved in the scheme submitted claims for arthritis devices and nutrition packages that we either …

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by Devin Montgomery

Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service on Wednesday said that Rosneft, the country's largest oil producer, broke unfair competition laws by over-inflating wholesale prices of petroleum products. According to the FAS, Rosneft violated Article 10 of the country's Law on the Protection of Competition by artificially decreasing the available supply of gasoline, …

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