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Legal news from Monday, August 16, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Monday that environmental reviews will be required for all new deepwater drilling, temporarily halting exemptions that allowed oil companies to drill without environmental impact statements. The process for exemptions was created under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and required exemptions to be offered based on …

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by Sarah Miley

Opposition leaders in Thailand pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of terrorism in connection with Thailand's recent political violence, as the government partially lifted the state of emergency that has been in place since May. The men held leadership positions in the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship opposition group known as …

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by Hillary Stemple

A lawyer for former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) confirmed Monday that a US Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal probe into DeLay's association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been dismissed without charges being filed. The investigation lasted six years and included grand jury testimony from former aides …

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by Sarah Miley

Kyrgyzstan armed forces played a role in instigating and at times taking part in recent attacks against ethnic Uzbeks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW also stated that local law enforcement did not provide adequate protection to the Uzbek community during the June 2010 ethnic violence. The report documents large-scale …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US-based Rapaport Diamond Trading Network on Sunday reiterated its stance against the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds associated with human rights violations. In a letter to their members, Rapaport stated they will expel members who knowingly trade the tainted diamonds and that they will publish the names of members who trade the stones. Last week, …

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by Sarah Miley

US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced a bill to create rules and guidelines for legal challenges brought by future Guantanamo Bay detainees and enemy combatants captured by US forces. Graham introduced the Terrorist Detention Review Reform Act earlier this month without the support of the Obama administration, reflecting the parties' inability …

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by Hillary Stemple

Co-prosecutors for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday filed a notice of an appeal of the judgment against former Khmer Rouge official Kaing Guek Eav. Last month, the trial chamber of the ECCC convicted Kaing, also known as "Duch," …

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