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Legal news from Thursday, September 17, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

A former Rwandan government official pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of complicity in genocide before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Michel Bagaragaza accepted charges that he funded, trained, and provided weapons to the Interahamwe, an extremist Hutu militia that was responsible for the deaths of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Thursday that the City of Pittsburgh must allow a tent city protest during next week's Group of 20 (G-20) summit, but that it could deny permits to two other groups. In response to a lawsuit …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Wednesday that the government will conduct a review of the control order house arrest system in light of a June Law Lords ruling requiring the government to let detainees know generally what charges they face so that they can mount a defense. …

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by Andrew Morgan

A Virginia court on Wednesday set a November 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, who was convicted of murder in 2005 for his role in a series of DC-area sniper shootings. Prosecutors had sought to schedule the execution for Monday, November 9, but Judge Mary Grace O'Brien of the Prince William …

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by Brian Jackson

The Obama administration on Wednesday sought a two-month delay in trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay while new options are considered. While trials have been on hold since President Barack Obama announced the planned closure of Guanatanamo in January, the government declared its intention in a filing with the US Court of …

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by Brian Jackson

California courts were closed Wednesday in the first of what will be a monthly shut down of the judiciary in an effort to reduce the state's budget gap. The closures were authorized as part of California Code 68070, which allows for closure of the courts one day per month, "for the transaction of judicial business for one day …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

FBI Director Robert Mueller addressed the FBI's role in leading the new specialized interrogation group to question top terrorist suspects as well as many other topics in a wide ranging oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Mueller said that the new interrogation panel will be a "joint effort" …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced that they would reconsider 2008 national smog standards regulations to ensure accuracy and public health. After a thorough review of the scientific methods behind the existing standards, the EPA will propose revisions by December and will issue a final decision by August 2010. Ground-level ozone, …

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by Christian Ehret

The US closed the Camp Bucca prison facility in Southern Iraq Wednesday, pursuant to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The remaining detainees were transferred from Camp Bucca, once the largest US detention facility in Iraq, to the two remaining US prison facilities, Camp Cropper and Camp Taji. Since the SOFA took effect on …

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by Ximena Marinero

Myanmar authorities have denied a request from opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi to attend arguments on her appeal, her National League for Democracy (NLD) party told the Agence France-Presse Wednesday. NLD spokesperson and lawyer for Suu Kyi, Nyan Win, said an application to the police special information branch …

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