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Legal news from Saturday, May 22, 2010
by Andrew Morgan

US President Barack Obama Friday nominated former Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer James Cole for the position of Deputy Attorney General, the second highest position at the DOJ. Cole previously spent 13 years at the DOJ, including four years as head of the department's Public Integrity Section, responsible for prosecuting government officials. During …

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by Sarah Miley

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday establishing an independent commission to investigate offshore drilling and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling will be charged with identifying the causes of the …

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by Sarah Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern about the treatment of anti-government protesters detained during Thailand's latest round of political violence. The group is chiding the Thai government for enacting an emergency decree giving Thai security forces broad power to arrest individuals without formal charges and hold them in secret detention. The …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US House Armed Services Committee has approved a bill prohibiting the Obama administration from modifying or building a facility in the US to hold detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 provides the Department of Defense (DOD) with $567 billion, but …

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