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Legal News
5 May 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] New information concerning charges that separatist Kosovo Liberation Army [BBC backgrounder] leaders were involved in trafficking organs taken from Serb prisoners during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo justifies a probe into the allegations, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said Monday. HRW urged [press release] Kosovo and Albania to launch … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Indonesian authorities have arrested an alleged member of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in connection with the 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report] that killed 20 people and injured over a hundred, a police spokesman told AFP Monday. Faiz Fauzan is accused … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] A Texas court Monday set the execution date for Mexican national and Texas prisoner Jose Ernesto Medellin [ASIL backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for August 5, after the US Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] in March that President George W. Bush did not have the authority to direct state courts … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson said Monday in a court hearing that he would set a dollar figure [plaintiffs press release] on the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans in a 12-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs website; JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer [corporate website] resumed settlement negotiations with the Nigerian state of Kano for allegedly illegal clinical trials conducted by the drug company, Kano state Justice Commissioner Aliyu Umar said Monday. Pfizer is accused of administering 200 Nigerian children with meningitis medication - including 100 with the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] said Monday that he will join fellow detainees in a boycott of his upcoming military commission trial. Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden who has been in US custody since 2001, said at a pre-trial … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police have arrested more than 50 members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] after the party called for a strike to protest the nondisclosure of the results of the March 29 presidential elections [JURIST report], a party spokesperson said Wednesday. Zimbabwe police say that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Peru on Tuesday upheld a prison sentence [JURIST report] for former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who was convicted late last year on charges of abuse of authority for ordering a warrantless search of the apartment of the wife of former … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US federal prosecutors defended the prison treatment of accused enemy combatant Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [Brennan Center case materials; NYT profile] in documents filed Tuesday with the US Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit. Prosecutors say that although al-Marri is kept in solitary confinement, he has access to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] An Iranian appeals court Tuesday upheld the sentences [JURIST report] of three Iranian students on charges of insulting Islam. Majid Tavakoli, Ahmed Ghassaban, and Ehsan Mansouri were arrested last year for allegedly publishing anti-Islamic material in multiple newspapers. The three were sentenced to 22 to 30 months in prison. … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion] that the Washington state constitution does not provide a right for prison inmates to starve themselves to death. Convicted arsonist Charles R. McNabb sued the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] to stop his force-feeding [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Sudanese Guantanamo Bay detainee Ibrahim al-Qosi [DOD materials; JURIST report] said at a pre-trial hearing Thursday that he plans to boycott his upcoming military commission trial, becoming the third Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to announce boycott plans. Al-Qosi declined the assistance of a lawyer, saying that he … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney and other top White House officials approved controversial interrogation methods, including waterboarding [JURIST news archive], in secret meetings, AP reported Friday. An unnamed former senior intelligence official confirmed an earlier ABC News report [text] that the officials asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Eight Zimbabwean election officials accused of under-counting votes [JURIST report] for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his ruling Zanu-PF party during the March 29 presidential election [JURIST report] appeared before magistrates in provincial courts Wednesday. Independent observers say that the opposition Movement for Democratic … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] Thursday upheld [judgment] a governmental program reserving seats at India's top state schools for members of lower castes [BBC backgrounder], but ruled that wealthy lower caste families should not be permitted to take advantage of the program. The program holds 27 percent … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Ohio resident David Tuason was indicted [PDF text; press release] Wednesday for allegedly threatening to blow up the US Supreme Court building and attack black men, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas [OYEZ profile]. Tuason was charged with six counts of mailing threatening communications and two counts of transmitting … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The investigating officer for the Multi-National Force-Iraq Wednesday granted a postponement of the Article 32 hearing [press release] for civilian contractor Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali. Ali, who holds dual Iraqi-Canadian citizenship, is charged [JURIST report] with aggravated assault for stabbing another contractor in February, and is the first civilian … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [official website] appealed to anti-government lawyers on Thursday to not "spread anarchy," a day after a clash between opposing groups of lawyers in Karachi [JURIST report] prompted widespread rioting and led to at least 11 deaths. Lawyers supporting Musharraf who gathered to protest other lawyers' … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] A Peruvian court Tuesday convicted four former Peruvian military officers of kidnapping and murder for their roles in the 1992 La Cantuta massacre [MIT backgrounder], which left one professor and nine students at Lima's La Cantuta University dead. The military general and three military death squad soldiers convicted each … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The judicial members of the House of Lords making up Britain's highest court on Wednesday denied a request [judgment] by two mothers of soldiers killed in Iraq for a public inquiry into the legality of UK's decision to go to war in Iraq [JURIST report]. The mothers had requested … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] accused the CIA Tuesday of transferring terror suspects to Jordan [report; press release] following September 11, saying that the US sent them there for interrogations as part of the CIA's rendition program [JURIST news archive]. HRW reported that at least 14 persons were sent … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice advised the US Department of Defense [official websites] in 2003 that military interrogators could employ a wide range of interrogation methods when questioning foreign detainees outside the United States without fear of criminal liability or constitutional sanction, according to a 2003 memorandum [PDF text] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] China is denying human rights, including basic religious freedom, to Tibetans, according to an annual report [PDF text, FCO backgrounder] released Tuesday by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office [official website]. The report found:Violations of human rights continue in Tibet. We regularly raise our concerns, including individual cases...We continue … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] A Nebraska bill [LB 1063, PDF] that would have banned the death penalty, replacing it with a sentence of life in prison without parole, failed in the Nebraska Legislature [official website] on Tuesday, receiving only 20 of the 25 necessary votes to move forward. Last month, the Nebraska Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] A quarter of criminal defendants in Cambodian courts are tortured or coerced into giving confessions, a statistic that has not changed since last year, according to an annual report [PDF text] released Thursday by Center for Social Development (CSD) [advocacy website]. The report found that:Although duress is prohibited in … [read more]

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