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Legal news from Tuesday, September 1, 2009
by Matt Glenn

The identities of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees who were released to Portugal last week were revealed Monday in papers filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Mohammad Khan Tumani, who claims that his father is still detained at Guantanamo Bay, accused …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to expand its Civil Rights Division and more actively enforce anti-discrimination laws, Attorney General Eric Holder told the New York Times in an interview published Monday. The increased focus on civil rights marks a change in focus from the previous administration, which, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied the habeas corpus petition of Guantanamo Bay detainee Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah in a partially redacted opinion made public Monday. Kollar-Kelly denied Al Odah's habeas petition last week, finding that the government had shown that it …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Several US tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard, filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new tobacco regulation law on First Amendment grounds. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, challenges portions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which contains …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The death of an Iranian prisoner in police custody was determined to have been caused by beatings and poor prison conditions in the wake of the post-election turmoil, according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency Monday. Mohsen Rouhalamini, son of the adviser to defeated presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai was said by …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule preventing cable companies from controlling more than 30 percent of the US market. In a challenge brought by Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, the court found the rule to …

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