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Legal news from Sunday, July 4, 2010
12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US territory of American Samoa [official website; DOI backgrounder] on Saturday concluded a constitutional convention [official website] in which delegates considered proposed changes [text, PDF] to the territory's 1967 constitution [text] that would shift authority from the federal government to local officials by removing much of the authority [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Syrian military court Sunday sentenced lawyer and activist Haitham Maleh [profile] to three years in prison for campaigning against the emergency rule under which Syria has been governed since 1963 [Amnesty International report]. Defense lawyers for Maleh said he was charged with "weakening national morale" [Reuters report]. The [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] released a redacted opinion [opinion, PDF] Thursday holding that evidence against Algerian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Belkacem Bensaya must be reviewed to determine if he was "part of" al Qaeda [JURIST archive]. The three-judge [read more]

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