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Legal news from Saturday, July 26, 2008
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Witnesses before the US House Judiciary Committee on Friday presented sharply divided opinions [C-span video, flash; hearing materials] on whether the White House [official website] has overstepped its constitutional authority during George Bush's presidency, and whether or not such alleged abuses would justify his impeachment. Committee chairman John Conyers [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [PDF opinion] Friday that criminal courts have no authority to direct restitution payments [backgrounder] to anyone other than a victim. The issue came before the court in a case where the defendant was ordered to make scheduled [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A report [PDF text] released Friday by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] states that the Rwandan government [official website; JURIST news archive] has made substantial progress in reforming its justice system over the past four years, but has fallen short in several key areas. The report commended Rwandan authorities [read more]

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