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14 People Charged For Supporting Somalian Terrorist Group:  As reported by the AP, the feds charged 14 people today in Minnesota, California, and Alabama for supporting Al-Shabab - a Somalian terrorist group that practices a radical form of Islam similar to that practice by the Taliban.  One of the indictments alleges that several of the female defendants went door to door in U.S. communities raising money for charities, but sending the funds to Al-Shabab efforts.  Al-Shabab members assert allegiance to al-Qaida and have claimed responsibility for two recent bombings in Uganda that killed 76 people.

"Billy the Kid" Feud Lives On:  Rumors that New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is considering a pardon for legendary "Billy the Kid" are concerning descendants of Pat Garrett - the sheriff who supposedly shot the outlaw in 1881, reports the AP.  Garrett's grandchildren and great-grandchildren voiced their objections yesterday to Gov. Richardson, arguing that a pardon would glorify Billy the Kid while casting doubt on Garrett's honor.  Gov. Richardson is allegedly considering the pardon based on a unfulfilled promise of pardon by Territorial Gov. Lew Wallace in return for Billy the Kid's testimony about killings at the Lincoln County War.

Civil Liberties Groups Sue Treasury Dept. to Represent Wanted Terrorist:   The Washington Post reports that the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU sued the Treasury Department and the Office of Foreign Assets Control this week, in an attempt to continue representing Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen who has been named a "specially designated global terrorist" and whom the CIA is authorized to kill.  As a result of this designation, U.S. entities are prohibited from transacting with him without first receiving a license from the OFAC.  The civil liberties groups claim that preventing attorneys from providing al-Aulaqui with free legal services absent a license is a violation of several constitutional guarantees, but OFAC counters that the Treasury Department has in place a general license that authorizes pro bono representation for persons such as al-Aulaqi.  al-Aulaqi is believed to have direct links to Maj. Nidal M. Hasan (the perpetrator of the killings at Ford Hood) and the failed Christmas day bombing of a plane bound for Detroit.

CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Nominee Well-Liked By All:  The Sacramento Bee has this story about Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who is expected to be confirmed as the new CA Supreme Court Chief Justice on August 25th.  She currently serves as a justice on the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Cantil-Sakauye worked for the Sacramento District Attorney and fomer CA Gov. George Deukmejian.   



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