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Legal News
2 Jan 2008
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] California filed a lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday challenging the agency's decision to deny the state's request for a waiver [rejection letter, PDF; JURIST report] that would have allowed it and 16 other states following its lead to impose stricter greenhouse … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2008
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday in a televised address that he was setting up a special commission to investigate widespread violence that broke out in the wake of last week's assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [JURIST report]. Looting, burning and general vandalism led to the deaths … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The husband of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] called Sunday for an international investigation into the circumstances surrounding Bhutto's assassination [JURIST report] last week. Asif Ali Zardari urged the United Nations to conduct an inquiry similar to the ongoing UN investigation into the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The city government of Washington, DC [official website] on Monday asked [petition, text] the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] for an en banc rehearing of a case that led to a controversial ruling last month invalidating the city's handgun ban [JURIST report]. City lawyers warn that … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] denied a motion Monday for a mistrial in the prosecution of Canadian-born former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on fraud charges. John Boultbee, a former associate … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The anti-Syrian majority in the Lebanon [JURIST news archive] parliament on Tuesday approved a petition asking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] to create a tribunal [JURIST news archive] to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Members of the parliamentary majority say that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] United States intelligence agents from the FBI [JURIST news archive; official website] and the CIA [JURIST news archive; official website] have been using secret prisons in Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] to conduct interrogations, according to AP Tuesday. The report alleges that men, women, and children from the neighboring African … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The New Hampshire House of Representatives [official website] voted Tuesday to reject proposed legislation [HB 607 text] which would have effectively ended the death penalty [JURIST news archive] in the state. Had it passed, the proposed law would have set the maximum penalty for capital crimes at life in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The Iowa Senate [official website] on Tuesday passed SF427 [text], extending the state's civil rights protections to gay and lesbians. The controversial legislation would officially add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of groups protected from discrimination in Iowa. The bill now moves to the Iowa House … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [official profile] warned Congressional Democrats Tuesday to accept his compromise [text] to allow top White House aides to testify about the firings of US Attorneys [official website] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website]. The Senate Judiciary Committee had called for Bush's close ad … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Reporter Rafig Tagi and editor Samir Huseinov, both of the newspaper Senet, went on trial [Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations backgrounder] Tuesday in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan for allegedly insulting Islam. Both claim the prosecution is politically motivated as authoritarian Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev [offical website; … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Sudan on Tuesday attempted to prevent the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] from considering a report by a UNHRC team sent to investigate conditions in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. The report [DOC text], issued Monday, calls for immediate protection [JURIST report] of victims in the war-ravaged region … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] High-ranking officials in the Australian government pressured the US government to reduce terror charges against Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives], according to a report in The Australian on Tuesday. Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official profile] and other officials personally asked the US Department of Defense … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] A Turkish court Wednesday ordered telecom providers in the country to block access to YouTube [corporate website] because of videos insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk [Turkish News profile]. The controversial videos have caused an uproar among Turks and led to prosecutors recommending the website be … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] British Muslim Abdul Muhid was convicted in London Wednesday of two counts of inciting murder at a protest outside outside the Danish embassy in London last year. Muhid and associate Anjem Choudary [Wikipedia profile] were charged [JURIST report] last May in connection with a February demonstration protesting the publication … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] A court in East Timor [JURIST news archive] Wednesday found former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato guilty of promoting violence during the military riots in the country last year. The three judges hearing the case sentenced Lobato to seven-and-a-half years in prison for arming the militias [JURIST report] that ravaged … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] US Army Specialist Agustin Aguayo [defense website] was convicted of desertion Tuesday for fleeing a base in Germany to avoid redeployment to Iraq. Though the conviction could have carried as many as seven years in prison, Aguayo was only sentenced to eight months. At court-martial, Aguayo said he believed … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] on Tuesday signed a rigorous new anti-terror bill into law. Among other provisions, the Human Security Act allows police to detain suspected terrorists for three days without charges, but it also allows victims of unlawful arrest to collect up to 500,000 … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Authorities in the volatile Chechnya [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] region of Russia [JURIST news archive] commonly use electrical shocks, forced confessions, and other forms of torture, said Council of Europe [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] Tuesday after visiting a prison in Chechnya's regional … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] A Nigerian appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official profile] could not legally be stripped of his office after his break with President Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile]. The pair were elected in 1999 at the end of an oppressive military regime, but Abubakar was accused … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The Kansas House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill [text, PDF] making English the state's "official" language. The legislation passed 118-2, after it was amended to provide $500,000 to help adult immigrants learn English. It is expected to receive final approval on Wednesday … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Freed Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], the victim of an alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] from Milan, is planning a lawsuit against the United States and Italy, according to his lawyer Montasser al-Zayat … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a freeze on the assets of the Islamic-American Relief Agency [archived website] of Columbia, Missouri on the grounds that it was an affiliate of the Islamic African Relief Agency [US Treasury … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The US Army on Tuesday set a trial date for Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan [Wikipedia profile; CBS profile], the only military officer to face charges in connection with abuses of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. In July 2008, Jordan … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The Ku Klux Klan [JURIST news archive] is experiencing "a surprising and troubling resurgence" largely on the issue of Hispanic immigration, according to a report [summary text] released [press release] Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) [advocacy website]. In addition to exploiting fears of non-white immigration, the KKK is … [read more]

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