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Legal news from Wednesday, August 12, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

A federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday found American Ehsanul Islam Sadequee guilty on four terrorism-related counts. Sadequee was convicted in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization by making himself available to participate in violent jihad and by shooting "casing" videos of …

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by Andrew Morgan

The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday pardoned 2,500 people arrested in the city during nonviolent civil rights protests in the 1960s. Announcing the pardons at a city council meeting, Mayor Larry Langford said that the city had an obligation to ask for forgiveness because it had "wronged so many." Langford acknowledged that many eligible people …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Jakob Kellenberger on Wednesday called for greater compliance with the Geneva Conventions, making the documents' 60th anniversary. Kellenberger said that the conventions were tested in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with the global "war on terror" posing a "huge challenge":The traumatic …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Supreme Court of Argentina ruled Tuesday that individuals cannot be required to submit blood samples to test whether they were abducted as children during the "Dirty War". The court issued two rulings in the cases of brothers Guillermo Gabriel Prieto and Emiliano Matias Prieto [judgments, PDF in …

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by Andrew Morgan

Pakistani police on Tuesday filed charges against former president Pervez Musharraf alleging that he illegally detained members of the judiciary after declaring emergency rule in November 2007. Sixty judges, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, were forced to remain in their homes after refusing to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Lawyers for Myanmar opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi and American John Yettaw said Wednesday that they will file appeals against Tuesday's guilty verdicts. Suu Kyi and Yettaw were convicted of violating state security laws after Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest, allowed Yettaw to stay in her home after …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chechen human rights activist Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Dzhabrailov were found dead in the trunk of their car Tuesday, after being abducted Monday. Saulayeva and Dzhabrailov were taken from the office of her organization, Let's Save the Generation, which works to aid children affected by violence in Chechnya. The pair were reportedly removed by …

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by Brian Jackson

The US House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday released testimony and e-mails purporting to show that Bush administration political advisor Karl Rove was involved in the firing of nine US Attorneys in 2006. Among the 5,400 pages of documents released by the committee are e-mail communications between Rove, former …

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by Brian Jackson

Former financial chief for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Frank DiPascali, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 criminal counts for his role in the Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars. DiPascali delivered his plea to Judge Richard Sullivan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official …

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