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Legal News
2 Dec 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday held [opinion, PDF] in Associated Press v. United States Department of Justice that the petition for commuted sentence of charged Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh [CNN profile] falls under invasion-of-privacy exceptions to the Freedom of Information … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in two cases. In Kansas v. Colorado [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether the Supreme Court must abide by Congressional rules regarding expert witness costs when the case … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The British government began issuing identity cards [press release; program backgrounder] Monday to foreign nationals in an effort to curb immigration abuse and to strengthen identity protection. The cards, which are being issued pursuant to the Identity Cards Act 2006 [text and notes; JURIST report], are biometric and contain … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Monday convicted [DOJ press release] the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) [ADL backgrounder; LOC archived website; case materials] and five of its officials [Dallas Morning News profiles and verdicts] on a total of 108 counts [superseding … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Monday on whether 17 Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay [Kiyemba v. Bush backgrounder and materials] can be released into the US. In early October, a judge for the US District Court for the District of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] US military officials will be unable to detain people without charge under the proposed new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [CFR materials; McClatchy translation] with the Iraqi government, and military officials are now investigating the cases of about 5,000 detainees they consider dangerous in anticipation of the change, according … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Officials from the administration of US president-elect Barack Obama [transition website] will likely not prosecute Americans who approved or actually carried out the torture or other harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, according to an AP report [text] published Monday. The adoption of such a policy would be in line … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] US Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that his retirement from the post of chief judge of US military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] will be effective immediately. Kohlmann initially announced his retirement [JURIST report] in September, but said then that it would not be … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] German prosecutors announced Monday that they will extradite an aide to Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website] to France on Wednesday in connection with the 1994 assassination [NYT report] of then-Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarima that led to the Rwanda genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Rose Kabuye [advocacy profile], an official in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Officials from the Nepal Constituent Assembly (CA) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that the CA will finish drafting the country's new constitution within 18 months. According to a unanimously approved timetable, the CA will approve the final version of the constitution by the end of April 2010, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Taipei police arrested former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile] on Tuesday following questioning by prosecutors about possible corruption and money laundering. Prosecutors are specifically questioning [Taipei Times report] whether Chen, the former leader of the now-opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [party website, in Mandarin] who resigned the presidency … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a government motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy website] and the National Security Archive [official website] seeking access to e-mail … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Members of the Chinese delegation to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] on Monday said that the Chinese government had provided training and enacted judicial reforms [UN press release and transcript summary] to help implement its prohibitions against torture, illegal detention, and enforced disappearances, but that the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Members of the UK parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] are pushing for legislation to limit the ability of the media to report on matters affecting national security, according to an Independent report [text] Monday. Under the current system, news editors may seek guidance from Defence Advisory … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A US military commission sentenced [DOD press release] Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul [DOD materials] to life in prison Monday following his Friday conviction [JURIST report] for conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder, and providing material support for terrorism. Al Bahlul, a 39-year old Yemeni citizen, went on … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in the case of Wyeth v. Levine [oral arguments transcript, PDF; merit briefs], in which the court will consider whether the drug labeling requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [text] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] and the Swiss Armed Forces on Monday began their second annual Senior Workshop on International Rules Governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) [official website; press release], designed this year to teach senior military officials from 51 countries how to apply the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US presidential campaigns of both Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain [campaign websites] are recruiting large numbers of lawyers to monitor and protect voters' rights in the upcoming national election, according to a New York Times report [text]. The Obama camp initiated its Voter Protection Program [volunteer … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Monday preliminarily enjoined parts of a new state law [SB 714 s. 589.426 text, PDF] requiring registered sex offenders to avoid most Halloween activities, suggesting that parts of the law as written are … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Officials from Nigeria and from US pharmaceutical company Pfizer [corporate website] said Monday that they hope to reach a settlement agreement by the end of next month over allegedly illegal clinical trials conducted in Nigeria by the drug company in 1996. The national government and the state of Kano … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] wrote in a report [text, PDF] issued Monday that the Iranian government has made limited progress in some areas of human rights but that other areas such as basic freedoms, minority rights and the justice system still need to be improved. The report … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) [official website] head Scott J. Bloch [official profile] announced in a letter [text, PDF] to President George W. Bush Monday that he will resign when his five-year term ends in January. Bloch could remain head of the OSC for one year after his … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The German cabinet [official website, in German] on Monday approved legal conditions [text, PDF, in German] that the government will impose on banks that receive financial assistance through the German financial rescue bill [Financial Stabilization Fund Regulation text, PDF, in German; press release, in German]. The rescue bill [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday appointed a special master [order, PDF] to investigate and oversee a water rights case [JURIST report; Supreme Court docket] brought by Montana against Wyoming and North Dakota. Montana officials argued in February 2007 filings [text, PDF] that Wyoming officials breached the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko [official website] Monday abolished the Kiev District Court by decree [decree 922/2008 text, in Ukrainian] after it decided Saturday to block a previous presidential decree dissolving parliament and directing parliamentary elections in the wake of the collapse of the governing coalition. The Kiev court made … [read more]

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