Year: 2008

Judge Orders Release of 5 Gitmo Prisoners “Forthwith”

Judge Richard Leon, a conservative Bush appointee, in the first ruling since the Supreme Court ordered habeas review of the government’s evidence in the Guantanamo detentions, ordered the release of five of the six detainees in Boumediene v. Bush. The

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10 Commandments + 7 Aphorisms = “Tyrany of Labels”

In trying to decide if the town of Pleasant Grove, Utah should be required to allow an obscure religious sect, Summum, to place a monument  bearing the “Seven Aphorisms”, supposed by believers to be original tablets given to Moses, in

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The Verdict

A Washington jury found Senator Ted Stevens guilty on all seven counts of failing to report gifts. The 84 year-old senator has represented Alaska for 40 years, and is up for re-election next week. The senator betrayed little emotion as

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Closing Arguments

Lawyers for both sides argued for nearly six hours yesterday to the jury in the trial of Senator Ted Stevens, who is accused of failing to report gifts he received. Referring to the massage chair prosecutor Joseph Bottini asked :

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What’s a gift?

Testimony in the trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens concluded today with prosecutor Brenda Morris interrogating the senator about a massage chair given to him by a friend. Morris: That chair, it’s still in your house? Stevens: Yes. Morris: How

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“My bottom wasn’t bare, ma’am,”

Part of Senator Stevens’ defense against the accusation that he did not report expensive improvements to his Alaska “chalet” is that he never received a bill.  Prosecutor Brenda Sullivan, referring to emails in which the senator discussed billing, suggested that

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Urbina Frees the Uighurs

Applause erupted in a packed courtroom today after Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the government to bring 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo for the past seven years into his courtroom at 10am Friday.  The Uighur detainees, whom the government concedes

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Fireworks at Stevens Trial

Expecting a long day of testimony from a single witness and the playing of wiretap tapes, we were taken by surprise when Sen. Stevens’ attorney, Brendan Sullivan, launched into a theatrical explosion of outrage and indignation.  He had reason: the

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Sen. Stevens’ Boot Camp Buddy

Bill Allen, the government’s star witness in its case against Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, described “boot camp” trips with the senator  to resorts where they would hike and lose weight : “No hard liquor,” he said. “Just some wine.” Allen’s

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Jury Selection

The trial of Ted Stevens began today as the Senator stood and faced a pool of 184 potential jurors.  Opening arguments may begin as early as Wednesday, and a verdict is expected before the November elections. The Anchorage Daily News

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