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Legal news from Saturday, July 30, 2005
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] claimed Saturday that a man attacked the former Iraqi leader during a court appearance this week. Defense lawyers stated that at the conclusion of the hearing in front of the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website], the man, who was unidentified, struck Hussein, [read more]

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[JURIST] Indonesian National Police spokesperson Sunarko Danu Artanto Saturday vehemently denied the allegations made Friday by the US Government Accountability Office [official website] that Indonesian Police [official website, in English and Bahasa Indonesian] engaged in human rights abuses, calling the claims an attempt to prevent the modernization and reform of [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema [official profile] reduced the sentences Friday of three Virginia men convicted of participating in terror training. Brinkeme had been required to sentence members of the "Virginia Jihad" to lengthy prison terms she had called excessive before the Supreme Court's ruling in United States [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Sicth (Legal) Committee [official website] restarted work on a treaty against international terrorism Friday, motivated by a rash of recent attacks in Egypt and Great Britain. Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Bennouna said that the committee "has broken the ice", referring to rifts among the panel on [read more]

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[JURIST] In California, US District Judge Audrey Collins ruled Friday that the provision of the USA Patriot Act that forbids "assistance" to known terrorist organizations continues to be overly vague, in violation of her 2004 ruling on the same provision [text, PDF]. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for [read more]

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[JURIST] By voice vote late Friday the US Senate unanimously approved a bill that would permanently extend most provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text] while limiting it in the most controversial areas. The Senate legislation puts a four-year cap on the two most highly debated measures - the "library [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] said Friday that it has charged Dutch citizen Wasem al Delaema [DOJ press release] with attempting to kill US soldiers in Iraq during October 2003. Iraqi-born al Delaema is a member of the "Fighters of Fallujah", seen on a videotape obtained by [read more]

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[JURIST] A French court Friday revoked the parental rights of eight individuals convicted for running a child prostitution ring [JURIST report] earlier this week. Sixty-two men and women were convicted for offering forty-five children, ranging in age from six months to fifteen years, for sex from 1999 to 2002. The [read more]

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