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Legal news from Saturday, December 8, 2007
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The City of Chicago [official website] is willing to pay $20 million to settle lawsuits filed by four former death row inmates who claim to have been tortured by Chicago Police [official website] officers during interrogations before being wrongly convicted, local media reported Saturday. The settlement is contingent upon [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Sgt. Jermaine A. Nelson was charged Friday with the November 2004 murder of an Iraqi detainee in Fallujah [JURIST news archive]. This is the second time Nelson has been charged with the murder. The original charges against him were initially dropped, but upon review of the case, [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a new Arizona law aimed at preventing employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The Legal Arizona Workers Act [AZHB 2779 PDF, Arizona Republic backgrounder], enacted [JURIST report] in July, gives the Superior Courts of Arizona power to suspend [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Six French charity workers accused of complicity in an abortive effort by French charity Zoe's Ark [advocacy website, in French] to airlift so-called "Darfur orphans" out of Chad [JURIST news archive] to Europe went on a hunger strike in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena Saturday to protest the way [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his 16 regional counterparts have consider Scientology [church website] "an organization that is not compatible with the constitution", and will work to ban it in Germany, Schäuble said at the end of a two-day ministerial meeting Friday. The German government regards Scientology as [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro [official profile; JURIST news archive] has concluded that at least 31 people were killed in a crackdown on anti-government protesters this September, according to UN sources [UN News Service report] Friday. The total is significantly [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice lawyers advised the CIA's general counsel in 2003 not to destroy videotapes showing the "harsh interrogations" of high-value terror detainees Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive], according to unnamed officials cited by the New York [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] An emerging deal to select a new Lebanese president ran into a roadblock Friday as political factions in Lebanon's parliament failed to agree on mechanisms for changing a problematic constitutional provision. The favored candidate to replace now ex-president Emile Lahoud is Gen. Michel Suleiman [Xinhua report], but under the [read more]

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