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Legal news from Sunday, January 20, 2013
by Max Slater

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Friday that it will not withdraw charges of conspiracy against five accused plotters of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Chief Guantanamo prosecutor, Brigadier General Mark Martins asked the DOD's appointee, Retired Admiral Bruce MacDonald to dismiss the prosecution charge in …

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by Max Slater

Malian security forces have killed civilians in the town of Niono in central Mali, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Saturday. HRW said that Mali's army has been targeting ethnic groups associated with rebels in the north, particularly Tuaregs and Arabs. HRW called on Mali's government, as well as France and West African nations to …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

More than 140 nations gathered in Geneva for a UN forum agreed on Saturday to a legally binding treaty addressing the use of mercury, a metal that is infamous for its detrimental effects on health and the environment. The treaty, named the Minamata Convention on Mercury for a city in Japan that has incurred serious damage as …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Federal prosecutors on Friday filed charges against Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for alleged real estate fraud involving a short sale of her home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and sale of a house in Florida. Hathaway was already set to resign on …

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