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Legal news from Sunday, May 21, 2006
17:05 EDT

[JURIST] A group of former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees were found not guilty by a Kuwaiti court Sunday of belonging to al Qaeda and fighting a friendly state. The five detainees, arrested in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, were released from Guantanamo [JURIST report] in November and put on [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The number of women incarcerated in the United States for periods longer than a year grew 757 percent between 1977 and 2004, with Oklahoma and Mississippi showing the greatest increases, according to a report released Sunday from the Women's Prison Association [advocacy website]. In Oklahoma, 129 women per 100,000 [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Over 50 percent of eligible voters in Montenegro [CIA backgrounder] have already cast their ballots in Sunday's referendum on independence from Serbia, according to ballot observers from the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) [official website, with vote updates], meeting the threshold requirement to validate the referendum [BBC Q/A]. Voters [read more]

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[JURIST] Government officials in Iran [JURIST news archive] are working on a draft bill [excerpts], that would encourage a return to traditional Islamic religious dress [JURIST news archive] in the workplace and in public. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency [official website], Majlis [Wikipedia backgrounder] deputies gave preliminary approval [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Travis County Prosecutor Ronnie Earle [official profile] has filed an appeal in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website], the highest criminal court in the state, requesting that conspiracy charges [JURIST document] against US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive] be reinstated. Last month, the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Department of Homeland Security [official website] Inspector General Richard Skinner [official profile] has said that an estimated 35,000 detention beds are required to turn the Department's maligned "catch and release" program for dangerous illegal immigrants into a "catch and return" policy. In a report Friday, Skinner said that while [read more]

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