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Legal news from Sunday, July 4, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The US territory of American Samoa on Saturday concluded a constitutional convention in which delegates considered proposed changes to the territory's 1967 constitution that would shift authority from the federal government to local officials by removing much of the authority of the US Department of the Interior (DOI) …

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by Sarah Miley

A Syrian military court Sunday sentenced lawyer and activist Haitham Maleh to three years in prison for campaigning against the emergency rule under which Syria has been governed since 1963. Defense lawyers for Maleh said he was charged with "weakening national morale". The 78-year old former judge was put on trial in October …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released a redacted opinion Thursday holding that evidence against Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainee Belkacem Bensaya must be reviewed to determine if he was "part of" al Qaeda. The three-judge panel overturned the district court ruling, which held that Bensaya's …

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