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Legal news from Saturday, December 18, 2004
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi judges Saturday began investigative pre-trial hearings for Sultan Hashim Ahmad, Saddam Hussein's last defense chief, and Ali Hassan al-Majid (Chemical Ali), another former defense minister. Saddam and eleven of his deputies face prosecution for alleged crimes during Saddam's three-decade rule. Today's hearings before a panel of investigative judges [read more]

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[JURIST] Bosnian Foreign Minister, Mladen Ivanic, stepped down Saturday, one day after Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Dragan Mikerevic resigned. Ivanic, also a Serb, cited new international sanctions against the Bosnian Serbs for their lack of cooperation in solving war crimes as the reason for his resignation. The International High Representative [read more]

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[JURIST] In Washington state, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend ruled Friday that it is too late for King County to consider hundreds of recently discovered ballots from the extremely close November governor's race. Many of the lost ballots were simply misplaced or mistakenly rejected by county workers because [read more]

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[JURIST] An Alabama state appeals court Friday refused to vacate the murder conviction of ex-Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry. Cherry was convicted of the 1963 Klan-related church bombing in Birmingham which killed four black girls. As previously report in JURIST's Paper Chase, Cherry died in prison last month while he was [read more]

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