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Legal news from Sunday, July 3, 2005
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A committee of lawyers created for Saddam Hussein's defense team has filed a writ of habeas corpus [LectLaw definition] in the US requesting that he be taken out of Iraq for his upcoming trial, a move anticipated as far back as December [JURIST report]. The committee, led by Ziad [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [DOJ profile] made a surprise visit to Iraq Sunday to meet with US soldiers, Justice Department officials currently training Iraqi judges and law enforcement officers, and his counterparts in the Iraqi government. Gonzales commended the country's efforts to secure democracy and the rule of [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A new federal Information Security Oversight Office [official website] report [PDF] indicates that 15.6 million documents were classified by the US government in 2004, almost double the number from 2001, leading to a cost to taxpayers of $7.2 billion. At the same time, the declassification process, which makes historical [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi government spokesman Laith Kubba admitted Sunday that Iraqi security forces have commited abuse and torture in fighting the Sunni-led insurgency in Iraq. Kubba said that government ministers are concerned. Mohammed Hamed Qader, a Kurdish Islamic member of parliament, says that he was recently beaten and insulted after being [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington Post reported Sunday that Republicans are intent on implementing a streamlined schedule to quickly confirm a successor for retiring Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor and avoid a repeat of the past year's stalled judicial confirmations [JURIST news archive]. A GOP Senate Judiciary Committee planning document urges [read more]

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