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Legal News
20 Jan 2008
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Friday cited executive privilege in denying congressional requests for certain documents relating to the agency's decision to deny California a waiver [JURIST report] from new auto-emissions standards. The waiver would have allowed California and 16 other states following its lead … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2008
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [official profile] Friday signed a bill banning smoking in government buildings, offices, bars and restaurants. The bill was passed [JURIST report] by the Turkish Grand National Assembly [official website] earlier this month. The ban includes penalties for anyone caught smoking in a prohibited area or … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2008
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Niger authorities will release on bail two French journalists charged [JURIST report] this week with threatening state security, the journalists' lawyer said Friday. Reporter Pierre Creisson and cameraman Thomas Dandois [profiles, in French] will be released when each journalist posts bail for $22,000. Passports have already been returned to … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2008
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profile] said in an article published in the New Yorker [media website] Sunday that waterboarding [JURIST news archive], the controversial interrogation technique simulating drowning allegedly used against detainees by the CIA, was torture as far as he was concerned. The question … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2008
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The ACLU of Michigan [advocacy website] filed a federal suit Friday challenging a Michigan election law that limits access to information on presidential primary voters to the Democratic and Republican parties. The complaint [text, PDF] alleges that Section 615c [text] of the Michigan Election Law [text] is unconstitutional because … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2008
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [PDF text] Friday that four former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees do not have the right to sue high-ranking government officials for alleged torture and infringement of religious practice during their captivity. UK citizens Shafiq Rasul, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Pakistani police acting at the direction of what one official called "higher ups" arrested two American human rights activists in Lahore Tuesday, according to AP. Medea Benjamin [Wikipedia profile] and Tighe Barry are members of the US-based human rights group Global Exchange and the women's peace group CODEPINK [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The sentencing of convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] will be delayed until January, according to US federal court officials cited by AP Tuesday. Sentencing hearings that were due to begin this week were rescheduled due to a death in the family of US District Judge Marcia … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Per Stig Moeller [official profile] said Friday that Denmark has rejected a US request to accept the transfer of several detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Moeller said that the detainees could be potential security risks.Approximately 70 detainees have been cleared for release … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [personal website; BBC profile] is likely to face 8 1/2-year old corruption charges again in the likely event that an amnesty ordinance [text] issued [JURIST report] by President Pervez Musharraf is thrown out by the country's Supreme Court, according to Pakistani Attorney General … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The government of Sudan [JURIST news archive] Sunday announced it had laid criminal charges against 25 opposition politicians. The announcement came one month after the country's Court of Appeal rejected a request [JURIST report] for the release of the members of the opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] flew into Myanmar on Sunday to investigate the military government's crackdown on protesters [JURIST report] going on since September. Pinheiro's trip comes three weeks after the junta in Myanmar agreed [JURIST report] to allow the UN rights expert … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Chadian authorities Sunday freed seven Europeans - three French journalists and four Spanish flight attendants - held in connection with a French charity's attempted airlift from Chad of 103 children alleged to be Darfur orphans. French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile] flew to Chad Sunday to personally intervene with … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Friday asked the US Supreme Court to review a decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York vacating an FCC determination [FCC order] that Fox Television broadcasts violated the FCC's indecency and … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] at The Hague announced [press release, PDF] Friday that hearings in a case involving France and Djibouti will begin January 21, 2008. The dispute [ICJ case archive] between the two countries is over whether a French judge has the authority to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Former US Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Saturday that politics is interfering with Guantanamo prosecutions [WSJ report]. Davis said that recently-approved rules governing prosecutions at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] result in the chief … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Peru [official website, in Spanish] has convicted former Peruvian economy minister Jorge Baca Campodonico of embezzlement, according to the government's official gazette Saturday. Campodonico diverted $59.4 million from government funds to failing private bank Banco Latino. His three year prison sentence was suspended, but he … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Embezzlement charges against the widow and five sons of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] originally indicted [PDF text, in Spanish; JURIST report] with 17 others [full list, in Spanish] on October 4 were dropped [PDF text, in Spanish] by a Chilean appeals court Friday. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Citizens of Kyrgyzstan voted Sunday in a constitutional referendum [JURIST report] proposed by Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] last month. The proposed amendments [RFE/RL report] to the Kyrgyz constitution [constitutional materials, in Kyrgyz] include increasing the number of seats in parliament from 75 to 90 and changing the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Seymour Lazar pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice, subscribing to a false tax return and making a false declaration for his role in the Milberg Weiss [firm website] kickback scheme where the firm is accused of paying up to $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks since 1984 to individuals, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Philippine law enforcement officers are reluctant to use the powers allocated them in a new anti-terrorism law due to strict punishments provided for rights violations, according to a government security advisor speaking to AP Sunday. The controversial Human Security Act of 2007 [PDF text; press release] was signed [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Four Thai prosecutors traveled to London Friday to discuss the extradition of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on corruption charges [JURIST report], in order to discuss what evidence is necessary in UK courts to extradite Thaksin and his wife. The Thai lawyers said … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government Friday rejected a UN Security Council [official website] denunciation [statement text; press release] of its use of violence against peaceful demonstrators and its accompanying call on the government to release political prisoners and negotiate with the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) [official website] has submitted a new draft anti-terrorism law that would limit Japan's naval support for US operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom [DOS backgrounder] to refueling and supplying water to coalition ships in the Indian Ocean. The latest proposed … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz [WS profile] announced Saturday that 55 Saudi prisoners recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] back to their home country will be given a temporary release and stipend of $2,600 to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr [RF … [read more]

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