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16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-one Sunni Arab organizations Saturday jointly condemned the proposed Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], saying in a statement that it “bears in it the germs of Iraq's division, the loss of its Arab identity and the plundering of its national wealth.” The draft charter, the subject of a much-anticipated [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] House Republicans said Friday they will resist a Senate amendment [JURIST document] to a $445 million military appropriations bill [JURIST report] that would require the US military to follow stricter rules when conducting detainee interrogations. The amendment, approved by the Senate [JURIST report] in a 90-9 vote on Wednesday, [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Wikipedia profile] Friday rejected [PDF text] an emergency appeal filed by the ACLU [advocacy website] on behalf of Connecticut libraries seeking to overturn a gag order that prevents a library involved in the litigation from revealing its name, and bars its librarians [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official site] Friday rejected [PDF ruling] a Bush administration interpretation of EPA requirements that weakened the EPA’s ability to monitor air pollution from industrial sources. The appeals court held that a 2004 EPA settlement with several utility and industry groups ran afoul [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The White House issued a brief statement [text] Friday withdrawing the nomination of corporate attorney Timothy Flanigan to be US Deputy Attorney General. Flanigan forwarded a letter to President Bush Friday requesting that the nomination be recalled, citing concerns about the timing of his confirmation. Flanigan's decision comes one [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Tom DeLay, (R-TX) [official website] have filed a motion to dismiss grand jury indictments against the former House majority leader. DeLay's legal team alleges that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle [official website] and his staff engaged in prosecutorial misconduct when they tried to coerce members of [read more]

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