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Legal news from Tuesday, August 25, 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled against a Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) challenge to former President George W. Bush's Executive Order 13224, which prohibits unlicensed US groups and individuals from providing services to certain terrorist organizations designated by the government. The HLP wanted to aid the Kurdistan …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A US military judge ruled Monday that lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee and accused 9/11 co-conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh will not be allowed to tour secret CIA prisons, known as "black sites" where al-Shibh was detained, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. Al-Shibh's lawyers had sought access to the sites in order to determine whether he …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Monday filed arguments against releasing former Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) rebel leader Jean Pierre Bemba. The ICC ordered Bemba's conditional release earlier this month, a decision which Moreno-Ocampo immediately appealed. …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District Court of California dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on judisdictional grounds Tuesday. The suit, filed by Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer, two men who were married in California, alleges that DOMA violates the Constitution's Full Faith …

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by Matt Glenn

The US will continue its practice of sending terror detainees to third countries for interrogation with increased oversight to prevent torture, the New York Times reported Monday. The practice, known as rendition, received worldwide attention during the Bush administration when many detainees alleged they had been tortured by the governments of the countries …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Two former Pennsylvania judges on Monday withdrew their guilty pleas on charges of accepting more than $2.6 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities in which they had a financial interest. Former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan pleaded guilty in February to federal …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chinese officials on Tuesday denied a Monday state media report that more than 200 people detained during last month's violent demonstrations in China's Xinjiang province will go on trial this week. State-run China Daily reported Monday that the trials would take place in the Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi, the capital of the primarily Muslim …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Canadian federal government said Tuesday that it will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada a Federal Court of Appeal decision ordering the government to press for the release and return of Canadian Omar Khadr from the Guantanamo military base in Cuba. The government has filed a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

China's National People's Congress (NPC) on Monday considered a draft bill that would allow the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) to respond to riots. The proposed legislation would also allow the PAPF to respond to terrorist attacks and other social emergencies. A detailed protocol for deploying the PAPF would be …

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