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15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday indefinitely postponed the trial of Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], citing chemical dependency that has left Stanford incompetent to stand trial at present. Judge David Hittner of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] heard testimony from [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois House [official website] passed a bill abolishing the death penalty [JURIST news archive] Thursday, but the bill must still be passed by the Senate with the General Assembly facing a lame-duck session. The amended bill (SB3539) [amendment, text] passed the House 60-54 [Chicago Tribune report] just hours [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Farhi Saeed Bin Mohammed was transfered to his native Algeria pursuant to a court order [judgment, PDF] from November 2009. The DOD said it had successfully transferred Farhi after the [read more]

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