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Legal news from Friday, August 6, 2010
by Daniel Richey

Suspected terrorist Adis Medunjanin pleaded not guilty Friday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to charges of participating in a plot to detonate a bomb inside the New York City Subway. In January, Medunjanin pleaded not guilty to charges that he received terrorist training conspired with …

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by Dwyer Arce

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Friday filed a response urging a federal court not to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the newly enacted health care reform law. The lawsuit was filed in March and has been joined by 19 other states and the National …

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by Daniel Richey

Former Khmer Rouge official Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch," has hired Cambodian lawyer Kang Ritheary to replace his previous lawyer, according to documents released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) Friday. Kaing fired his international co-counsel, Maitre …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US State Department warned Thursday that the alienation of European Muslim communities through various laws and policies could fuel recruitment for terror groups. The Country Reports on Terrorism 2009, an annual report the State Department is required to publish under federal law [22 USC § 2656f text], is meant to provide a full accounting of …

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by Daniel Richey

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) transferred several high-profile prisoners to Guantanamo Bay to await trial in 2003, only to transfer them back into the CIA's network of secret prisons so they would not be entitled to lawyers and access to US courts, the Associated Press reported Friday. Among the suspects reportedly on the …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Senate on Thursday failed to authorize a settlement between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The $4.6 billion settlement would be distributed between several hundred thousand minority farmers. Among that group are Native American farmers claiming that the US Department of the Interior (DOI) failed to pay them royalties on …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of Mexico on Thursday ruled 8-2 that a Mexico City law allowing same-sex marriage is constitutional. The law, passed last year, was challenged by Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez, who had argued that allowing same-sex marriages violates the guarantee …

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by Ann Riley

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced that 14 individuals have been charged with providing money, personnel and services to the Somalia-based Islamic terrorism organization al-Shabaab. Prosecutors in the Southern District of Alabama, the Southern District of California and the District of Minnesota unsealed four separate indictments accusing the …

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