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Legal News
12 May 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A US military judge announced tuesday that the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD Materials; JURIST news archive] will begin on August 10 [scheduling order, PDF]. Army Col. Patrick Parrish also ordered pre-trial hearings [JURIST report] on the admissibility of Khadr's alleged confession to resume July 12. … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The US court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [order text] a motion by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] to postpone his trial until the US Supreme Court [official website] issues its decision on whether the federal honest services fraud statute … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that Arizona's new immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] could violate international standards [press release] that are binding on the US. The group of six UN experts, which includes UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants [official … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive], despite his lawyers claims that he had been tortured in prison. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] Two Latino advocacy groups say they plan to challenge the constitutionality of Arizona's new immigration law, alleging it permits racial profiling. SB 1070 [text, PDF], signed into law [JURIST report] Friday by Governor Jan Brewer, permits police to question the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants. Officials from the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A New York man pleaded guilty [US DOJ press release] Friday for plotting to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009. Zarein Ahmedzay appeared before US magistrate judge Steven Gold [official profile] on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass of destruction (explosive bombs) against … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A US military panel in Iraq on Thursday acquitted Navy SEAL [official website] Julio Huertas of any wrongdoing in connection with the alleged assault of a high-profile Iraqi detainee. A six-person jury found Huertas not guilty [AP report] on charges of dereliction of duty and impeding an investigation for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] An Arkansas judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a state law prohibiting all unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children violates the Arkansas Constitution [text, PDF]. Critics claimed that the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act of 2008 [ACLU backgrounder], or Initiated Act I, was discriminatory because it prohibited … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A federal grand jury on Friday indicted [press release] five former Blackwater [JURIST news archive] executives on charges of weapons violations and lying to criminal investigators. The 15-count indictment [LAT report] charges five former executives, including former president Gary Jackson, with giving away certain weapons to the King of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans [official website] announced Friday that that his country will temporarily suspend [press release] processing all asylum claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Evans, a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd [official website], said that Afghani and Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be denied … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The US Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) [official website] on Friday consolidated [order, PDF] more than 150 [Reuters report] pending lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and transferred them to the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website]. The MDL … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profiles] on Thursday signed the so-called New START treaty [text, PDF; BBC backgrounder], pledging to reduce their countries' nuclear warheads by about 30 percent. Under the terms of the treaty and its protocol [text, PDF], both countries would only … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] on Friday announced changes to airport security rules [press release], moving toward a screening system based on intelligence information. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] said the new system will apply to all air carriers with international flights to the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday denied [judgment, PDF] an appeal by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] to postpone his war crimes trial. Karadzic appealed the trial date last month, claiming a … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that firearms regulations [text] in Washington DC, including a ban on assault weapons and a prohibition on large capacity ammunition feeding devices [ATF backgrounder], do not violate the US Second Amendment [text]. The ruling by Judge Ricardo M. Urbina [official profile] of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] claimed Friday that the Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website, in Thai] had wrongfully [Bangkok Post report] ordered the seizure of assets belonging to Thaksin and asked for a reconsideration of his case. Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin's … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Wednesday proposed reforms to simplify and clarify international divorce laws. Under the proposal, married couples from different European Union (EU) countries could choose the country of the divorce, and the various courts would use a common formula [press release] to decide which … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Federal Reserve [official website] must release information about loans it made to banks during April and May 2008, a key moment in the financial crisis. The information was sought by Bloomberg News … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The Turkish government indicted 33 people Friday on charges of attempting to overthrow the government and establish military rule. The accused, some of whom include high-ranking military officials [AFP report], are alleged to have plotted with a secret group called Ergenekon [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to assassinate prominent … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The number of inmates in US state prisons has dropped for the first time in 40 years, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by the Pew Center on the States [advocacy website]. Led by California and Michigan, the state prison population decreased by 0.4 percent during 2009. Because … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] unanimously passed legislation [S 1789 materials] Wednesday to reduce sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine [JURIST news archive] offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official website], would amend existing law to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The Cambodian parliament [official website] passed a controversial anti-corruption bill Wednesday meant to further transparency in government while opposition parties staged a walkout, saying the new law would stifle criticism and foster corruption. The law will create a national anti-corruption council to oversee investigators, but critics have said that … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The Virginia General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday passed a bill [text, PDF] that will ban any federal mandate for individuals to have health insurance. The bill, called the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act, is the first of its kind [WP report] passed by any state, and says that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The United Nations General Assembly [official website] voted [press release] Friday to give the Israelis and Palestinians additional time to finish their separate investigations into alleged human rights violations that took place during the 2008-2009 conflict in Gaza [JURIST news archive]. The measure, which gives the two parties five … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profile] said at a hearing Friday that he was prepared to subpoena [Harper's report] the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] if it did not turn over missing e-mail records of former Bush administration lawyers John Yoo … [read more]

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