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Legal News
9 Aug 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile; JURIST news archive] is expected to name a special prosecutor [Los Angeles Times report] who will be tasked with investigating the alleged abuse of detainees and other terrorism suspects by CIA interrogators, according to a Sunday Los Angeles Times [media website] report. … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Iran's Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi acknowledged Saturday that some protesters arrested in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive] were tortured. He went on to say [NYT report] that the protesters should not have been taken to the Kahrizak detention center, where several protesters … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling that had dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed by more than 200 African-American members of the Capitol Police [official website] in 2001. The issue involved whether the officers … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Twenty-six men suspected both of plotting numerous attacks in Egypt [government website; JURIST news archive] and of having links to Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] were transferred Sunday to an emergency state court that deals specifically with terrorism and state security. Four of the men remain at large, among them … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] UN Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations [official website] Dmitry Titov [official profile] has called conditions in a Goma, Congo prison "inhumane" and said that it is the worst in Africa. Although built for 150 prisoners, the facility now holds … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Nur Bekri, chairman of the government in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region [official website], told the Xinhua News Agency [official website] Sunday that twelve "mobsters" had been fatally shot by police in the Chinese city of Urumqi on July 5 [Xinhua report] in riots that received extensive coverage in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] is still considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture during the Bush administration, Newsweek reported [text] Saturday. Despite pressure from the White House [official website] to "look forward, not backwards" with regard to Bush-era interrogation tactics [JURIST news archive], Holder … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The Department of Justice in Ireland published a Civil Partnership Bill [text, PDF; explanatory memorandum text, PDF] on Sunday, extending certain rights to same-sex couples. The bill legally recognizes cohabiting but unmarried couples while stopping short of granting such couples full marital rights. The bill provides for numerous rights … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Torture and other human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have become so commonplace that they constitute a crime against humanity, according to a study [text, PDF] for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) [advocacy website] prepared by Tony Reeler of the Harare-based Research and Advocacy Unit … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Monday that former Khmer Rogue [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," has been detained unlawfully for the past 10 years, but denied a defense request … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Two groups of petitioners filed an emergency request with the US Supreme Court [official website] Saturday to stop the sale of Chrysler Group [corporate website] assets to Italian automaker Fiat [corporate website]. The first group, consisting of three Indiana state pension and construction funds - the Indiana State Police … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar has disbarred a lawyer who sought to represent jailed democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in her upcoming trial. The government cited Aung Thein's previous four-month jail term for contempt of court [IANS report] as the reason for the disbarment. … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] Leon Panetta [official profile] on Friday defended information the CIA gave to Congress on the use of interrogation techniques during the Bush administration. In response to statements made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website], in which … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Wireless communications company Qualcomm Inc. [corporate website] reached a settlement [press release] in a lengthy legal battle with rival firm Broadcom [corporate website], under which it will pay Broadcom $891 million. Under the terms of the settlement, the companies agree not to assert patents against each other for their … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the Obama administration opposes the formation of an independent commission to investigate Bush administration interrogation techniques. During a press conference aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Gibbs said that the president had not left the door open to a commission … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] A Spanish court assigned a new judge Thursday to decide whether to prosecute members of the Bush administration behind the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, a court spokesperson told CNN [CNN report]. Eloy Velasco will replace Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURST news archive] in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] A witness in the trial of former Khmer Rogue [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," testified Monday about his uncle's execution by Kaing and other crimes committed at the prison camp M-13. The witness, Chan Veoun, testified before the Extraordinary … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The lawyer for the accused gunman on trial in India for the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] moved Friday to suppress his client's confession, arguing it was the product of torture. The lawyer also argued that the trial of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab [NDTV backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that former Israeli security chief Avraham Dichter cannot be sued in the US because he is immune under traditional common law. The decision affirms the ruling [opinion, PDF] of the US District Court for … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] vowed Sunday to continue a hunger strike until the Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] approves the final details of a new election law [proposed text, in Spanish]. Morales declared himself on hunger strike [YouTube video, in Spanish; AP report] … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court ruled [decision text] Thursday that a same-sex partner lacks standing to assert parental rights over the biological child of her partner unless she has adopted the child. The ruling limits parental rights under NY Domestic Relations Law § 70 [text] to biological or … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former Liberian president Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Monday filed [press release] a Rule 98 motion for acquittal [materials] following the close of the prosecution's case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The defense admits that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The Mexican Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday passed an amendment [Article 107 draft, in Spanish] to the country's constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] that would permit seizure of property from suspected drug traffickers and other criminals prior to conviction. Under the proposed amendment, which will now be sent to the lower house, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Thousands protested the proposed liberalization of Spain's abortion laws in Madrid on Sunday. The changes, proposed earlier this month [JURIST report], include allowing abortions up to week 14 of pregnancy for any reason and lowering the age required for an abortion from 18 to 16. These reforms are in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] A Mexican appeals court on Thursday affirmed a lower court ruling that absolved former president Luis Echeverria [TrialWatch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of any criminal responsibility for the 1968 killings of student protesters [GWU backgrounder] in Mexico City's Tlatelolco Plaza. The Fifth Criminal Collegiate Court upheld the Third United … [read more]

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