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Legal news from Friday, March 2, 2007
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of a rendition-related lawsuit [complaint, PDF] by German citizen Khaled El-Masri [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] against the CIA [official website], deciding that the case could not be heard in a US court because of the [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A team of Swiss forensic pathologists from Institute of Legal Medicine at Lausanne University [institute website, in French] Friday announced the results of an autopsy on deceased Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ali Abdullah [Wikipedia profile], concluding that while available evidence supported the US government claim that [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] threw out a lawsuit challenging Ohio's death penalty procedure [JURIST news archive] Friday on the grounds that the claim was filed too late. In the 2-1 opinion [Cooey v. Strickland text, PDF], judges [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Corps Cpl. Trent D. Thomas [advocacy website] was arraigned [press release] Thursday on charges of murder and kidnapping related to the April 2006 slaying of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], but declined to enter a plea. Thomas was arraigned for the killing [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in California on Thursday dismissed all claims in the second of four patent infringement lawsuits filed by Alcatel-Lucent [corporate website] against Microsoft Corp. [corporate website; JURIST news archive]. The case, which was scheduled to begin trial March 19, concerned speech recognition technology. The ruling, issued by [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Thursday agreed to extend [DHS press release; rulemaking notice] by 18 months the compliance timeline for the REAL ID Act [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] until December 31, 2009. In addition to the extension of the deadline imposed on states, [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Belgium [JURIST news archive] has become the first country to criminalize investment in companies that make cluster bombs [JURIST news archive; FAS backgrounder]. Legislation passed the Belgian Senate [official website] on Thursday, and the Parliament plans to publish a list of companies that manufacture cluster munitions. Belgian banks KBC [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine [official website] has announced that he will sign a bill [text] requiring sixth grade girls to receive a vaccination for the human papilloma virus (HPV) [CDC fact sheet], a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. The law, which passed both houses of the Virginia [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday that Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has said as part of a court claim for British citizenship that he was shown a photo of a beaten fellow inmate and told that if he did not co-operate [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Meir Shamgar [official profile], the president of the Israeli Supreme Court [official website, in Hebrew] between 1983 and 1995, has signed a public petition against Israeli Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann's recent proposal to restrict the ability of the Supreme Court to overturn laws [JURIST report] passed by the Israeli [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law [official website] voted Thursday to subpoena former Justice Department prosecutors Carol C. Lam (San Diego), David C. Iglesias (New Mexico), H.E. Cummins, III (Arkansas), and John McKay (Seattle), to testify at a subcommittee hearing [materials] next Tuesday. The subcommittee [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thirteen defendants have been charged [press release, PDF] "with participating in two massive insider trading schemes and in two separate bribery schemes" that netted more than $8 million dollars in illegal profits for themselves and the hedge funds with which the defendants were affiliated, the US Attorney's Office for [read more]

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