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Legal news from Friday, January 7, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

A federal judge on Friday indefinitely postponed the trial of Allen Stanford, citing chemical dependency that has left Stanford incompetent to stand trial at present. Judge David Hittner of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas heard testimony from three psychiatrists before concluding that Stanford's addiction to anti-anxiety and …

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by Zach Zagger

The Illinois House passed a bill abolishing the death penalty Thursday, but the bill must still be passed by the Senate with the General Assembly facing a lame-duck session. The amended bill (SB3539) passed the House 60-54 just hours after it had failed by a single vote. It marks …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Thursday that Guantanamo Bay detainee Farhi Saeed Bin Mohammed was transfered to his native Algeria pursuant to a court order from November 2009. The DOD said it had successfully transferred Farhi after the inter-agency Guantanamo Review Task Force approved the …

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