Legal news from Saturday, April 14, 2007
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The White House said Saturday it would cooperate with the US Senate Judiciary Committee in choosing an independent consultant to recover lost administration emails wanted to the Senate's US Attorney firing probe. On Wednesday, US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] blasted the White House [read more]

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[JURIST] Russian police Saturday arrested about 200 activists, including former chess great and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [official website, in Russian], for participating in an anti-Putin protest in central Moscow. More than 9,000 police agents were dispatched to prevent the protest there. After [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] announced [statement] Friday that he is dispatching UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicholas Michel [official profile] to assist the Lebanese government and "the country's other political leaders to end their political impasse and set up a special tribunal as soon as possible" to [read more]

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[JURIST] An Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) [official website] report [text, PDF] released Saturday concludes that a US Marine Corps Special Forces unit under the command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) [official website] violated international humanitarian law by using indiscriminate and excessive force in its response [read more]

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[JURIST] Former US vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive], convicted in March of perjury and obstruction of justice [JURIST report], will be appealing the verdict according to documents filed in court Friday. Libby's defense team had previously planned to request a new trial, bids for [read more]

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[JURIST] The Bush administration Friday officially proposed amendments [JURIST report] to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] that would subject more people to electronic surveillance within the United States. The proposed legislation, submitted a week before a Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] hearing on government [read more]

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