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Legal News
19 Jan 2008
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge [official profile] told the Associated Press Friday that he has "no doubt" that the controversial interrogation technique waterboarding [JURIST news archive] should be considered torture. Ridge noted that he didn't have specific information about interrogation techniques used by intelligence agents while he served … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2008
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Chinese company Zhongyi Electronic [corporate website] sued Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Friday in Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court claiming that Microsoft has been using a technology that converts Roman characters to Chinese characters without paying Zhongyi a license fee for the program. Microsoft has denied the allegations, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2008
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that NASA [official website] cannot compel low-risk contract employees working at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory [official website] to undergo intensive background checks. NASA has been conducting background checks of employees since it was founded … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2008
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a 2005 lawsuit challenging the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [PDF text] should not have been dismissed by a lower federal court. The National Education Association [group website] and individual school districts … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The South Korean Ministry of Justice [official website] on Monday said that 75 politicians and businessmen would receive amnesty as part of President Roh Moo-hyun's last round of presidential pardons. Among those granted amnesty is former chairman of the Daewoo group [official website] Kim Woo-choong [Wikipedia profile], who was … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Suspected Afghan terrorist Abdul Razzak died of colorectal cancer [press release] Sunday while in US custody at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Razzak had been receiving chemotherapy treatment since October after being diagnosed with cancer and is the first detainee to die of natural causes while being held at … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry [official website] confirmed Saturday that 10 Saudi detainees released [press release] from Guantanamo Bay have returned home. With the latest release, roughly 275 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report], approximately 60 of whom have been cleared for release. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] has overturned a $156 million verdict [JURIST report] awarded in 2004 by a federal jury to the family of a 17-year-old killed in the West Bank against several US-based charities accused of supporting terrorism. In its opinion [PDF … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Cambodian students and Buddhist monks protested Tuesday in Phnom Penh, asking the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] to quickly begin trials against former leaders of the late-1970s Khmer Rouge communist regime [backgrounder] for crimes against humanity. Over 600 demonstrators took to the streets over … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Italian police have arrested former Uruguayan naval intelligence officer Nestor Jorge Fernandez Troccoli for crimes relating to the kidnapping and murder of Italian citizens and others who opposed South American military dictators during the 1980s, according to Italian media reports Monday. The Italian government has issued over 140 arrest … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] An Israeli military prosecutor has concluded that Israel's use of cluster bombs [FAS backgrounder] during the 2006 Lebanon war [JURIST news archive] was justified and did not violate any standards of international law, according to an Israeli army statement released Monday. Maj. Gen. Gershon HaCohen found that "the use … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The Lebanese government Monday presented a draft law to amend the Lebanese constitution so that Gen. Michel Suleiman [Xinhua report] can become president of Lebanon. Under the present Lebanese constitution [text, in French] the presidency cannot be held by a sitting military commander [JURIST report]. Anti-Syrian and pro-Syrian members … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] UN and Dutch government representatives have signed an agreement under which the Netherlands will host the new international tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Larry D. Johnson and Dutch Ambassador Frank Majoor inked the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Representatives of Nepal's leading political parties signed an agreement Sunday that would abolish the country's monarchy as part of a plan to bring members of Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) [party website] back into the country's government. The agreement contemplates calling a special assembly in early 2008 … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The Egyptian government has released [EIPR press release] two Shiite activists held in Egyptian custody since October who repeatedly criticized the systematic torture of prisoners in Egyptian custody. Mohammed al-Dereini and Ahmed Sobh are charged with “promoting extreme Shi’ite beliefs with the intent of causing contempt of the Islamic … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The bankruptcy administrator for the embattled Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that the company no longer legally exists. The Moscow Arbitration Court completed Yukos' liquidation this month and removed it as a legal entity Wednesday. Once Russia's largest oil company, Yukos was forced … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday dismissed the final outstanding legal challenge to General Pervez Musharraf's October legislative re-election to the post of president of Pakistan. Rival candidate Zahoor Mehdi had argued that the Pakistan election commission [official website] should not have denied Mehdi a slot … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] UN officials reported Friday that chairwoman of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan [advocacy website] and UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Asma Jahangir [official profile, PDF] has been released from her two-week house arrest [order] in Pakistan. Jahangir has been detained at her home … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] United Nations researchers called for a global ban on human cloning in a report [PDF text] issued Saturday. The United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies [official website] did not call for a ban on all types of cloning, recommending that therapeutic cloning for research purpose be allowed to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] issued a 5-2 order [PDF text] Wednesday denying a stay of execution for death row inmate Mark Dean Schwab [FCCD profile, DOC]. The court ruled last week that the state could proceed with Schwab's execution after finding that Florida's revised lethal injection protocol … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled [PDF text] Wednesday that former Illinois Governor George Ryan [defense website; JURIST news archive] could not remain free on bail while he appeals his sentence of corruption and fraud charges. Judge Diane Wood delivered the opinion of the court … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday rejected the appeal [judgment summary; press release] of former Bosnian Serb paramilitary leader Dragan Zelenovic [ICTY case backgrounder] contesting his 15-year sentence [JURIST report] on rape and torture charges. Zelenovic had asked … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Iraqi Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi has urged fellow Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi and President Jalal Talabani [profiles] to press the Iraqi parliament to pardon Iraqi detainees not classified as "dangerous elements" linked to the insurgency, according to AP Sunday. Of the 25,000 Iraqis now are being held by … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in testimony on US Middle East policy Wednesday that House members should discontinue an effort to pass a resolution condemning the World War-I era mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide [HR … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [GenocideWatch report] on Wednesday asked the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to release him on bail. Nuon Chea's family earlier this week expressed concern over his health and urged the tribunal to release him [AFP … [read more]

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