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Legal news from Wednesday, November 18, 2009
by Dwyer Arce

US Attorney General Eric Holder appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding the decision to try five men accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks in federal court. In his opening remarks, Holder refuted the arguments made by his predecessor and …

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by Hillary Stemple

The British High Court ruled Wednesday that the government may withhold evidence from seven claimants suing UK intelligence services MI5 and MI6 for their roles in alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay. The court ruled that the agencies can rely on the evidence in their defense without disclosing it to the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected an attempt to bar using federal funds to build or modify prisons in the US to hold detainees from Guantanamo Bay. By a mostly party-line 57-43 vote, the Senate defeated an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations …

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by David Manes

Iraqi Sunni Arab Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on Wednesday announced his veto of the first article of the recently passed election law at a press conference in Baghdad. Hashemi said further amendments are necessary before the law will be acceptable, specifically calling for increased representation for Iraqis living …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Virginia authorities on Tuesday executed a prisoner by electric chair, conducting the country's first execution by electrocution in over a year. Former Army counterintelligence worker Larry Bill Elliott, who was convicted of a 2001 double murder, was executed Tuesday night after Virginia Governor Tim Kaine declined to intervene. The US Supreme Court …

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by Amelia Mathias

An Iranian court has sentenced five people to death for their roles in protests that took place after this summer's disputed elections, according to state media Tuesday. Another 81 people have been sentenced to prison [Al-Jazeera report] for up to 15 years. The names of those sentenced to death are unknown, and all have been sentenced …

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by Jonathan Cohen

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday creating a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to be headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as lead agency. The task force, which continues the work of and replaces the federal government's Corporate Fraud Task Force (CFTC), is charged with building on "efforts …

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