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Legal news from Wednesday, October 7, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in three cases. In Salazar v. Buono, the Court heard arguments on whether an individual has Article III standing to bring a suit under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment challenging the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday granted the government's motion to dismiss the petition for habeas corpus brought on behalf of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Idris Ahmad Abdu Qadir Idris. The petition was filed in 2005 by the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Tuesday that the Obama administration may miss its January deadline for closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Holder said that is concerned with US lawmakers' claims that detainees are too dangerous to be housed on US soil. On Tuesday, the US Senate passed a …

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by Amelia Mathias

The Canadian Federal Court released a decision Tuesday ruling that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service may monitor the communications of Canadian citizens abroad. The case arose from two Canadian nationals who had their communications abroad monitored after a judge issued an emergency warrant permitting the interception. Judge Richard Mosley, who also issued the …

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by Amelia Mathias

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday announced a plan for improving immigration detention policies and facilities in response to recent widespread allegations of poor conditions and abuse. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano explained that the emphasis is to move detained illegal immigrants …

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by Ximena Marinero

The head of the Honduran interim government Roberto Micheletti on Monday convened his council of ministers to repeal the executive decree issued last week that suspended several constitutional rights. The repeal was scheduled to become official when published on Tuesday in the official newspaper, but ousted president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; …

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by Ximena Marinero

Former Costa Rican president Rafael Calderon was convicted Monday on corruption charges and sentenced to five years in prison. Calderon was unanimously convicted by three judges at the Second Judicial Circuit Courts of Goicochea, who found him guilty of embezzling $520,000 during a nine-month period in …

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