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Legal news from Saturday, August 8, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

The Obama administration on Friday petitioned [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court to overturn a district court order mandating disclosure of detainee abuse photos, alleging that this could lead to further violence in Iraq and Afghanistan that would endanger US civil and military personnel. According to the government, Exemption 7(F) of the Freedom …

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by Matt Glenn

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday upheld the death sentence handed down to DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad. In his appeal, Muhammad alleged "nondisclosure of exculpatory information by the prosecution, ineffective assistance of his trial counsel, improper exclusion of expert testimony during his sentencing …

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by Matt Glenn

Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th justice in the history of the US Supreme Court Saturday. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath, in which Sotomayor swore to "administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich" and to "faithfully and impartially …

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by Ximena Marinero

A Yemeni cleric and his assistant pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to provide financial support for Hamas and were sentenced to time served by the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. After the plea deal, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad and assistant Mohammed Zayed will be released and returned to Yemen. …

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