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Legal news from Saturday, July 26, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Witnesses before the US House Judiciary Committee on Friday presented sharply divided opinions [C-span video, flash; hearing materials] on whether the White House 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 (D-MI) opened the hearings outlining the allegedly excessive actions by …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that criminal courts have no authority to direct restitution payments to anyone other than a victim. The issue came before the court in a case where the defendant was ordered to make scheduled restitution payments to a victim and had a lien placed …

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by Benjamin Klein

A report released Friday by Human Rights Watch states that the Rwandan government 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 for better ensuring the delivery of justice, strengthening defendants’ rights …

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