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Legal news from Friday, May 4, 2007
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge Friday rejected government arguments [JURIST report] that Italian prosecutors had overstepped their authority in bringing charges against 26 US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents and two former Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website] Friday appointed a new judge to the nation's Constitutional Court [official website], the second such appointment in two days. Stepan Havrysh [official profile] and Vasyl Kostytsky [Council of Europe profile] will replace two judges Yuschenko dismissed [JURIST report] earlier this week for procedural [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Gouled Hassan Dourad [BBC profile] has denied accusations of involvement with al-Qaeda, according to a transcript [PDF text] of his April 28 hearing before a Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) [DOD materials] released by the Pentagon Friday. Dourad, a Somali, submitted a statement [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] Thursday signed [official press release] a $7.7 billion bipartisan bill to construct facilities to provide 53,000 new prison and jail beds over the next five years to alleviate California's overcrowded prisons [JURIST news archive]. Last week state legislators approved [JURIST report] the Public [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Human Rights Defenders [advocacy website] Friday criticized the Chinese government for continuing to persecute and intimidate human rights defenders such as lawyers, academics and journalists in a report [Part 1; Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] issued on the anniversary of the 1919 May Fourth Movement [Wikipedia [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Freedom of the press suffered serious setbacks around the world in 2006, according to a new report [documents, press release] from Freedom House [advocacy website]. The study, Freedom of the Press 2007: A Global Survey of Media Independence, noted particular causes for concern in the Middle East and North [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Deputy Attorney General James Comey [official profile] testified Thursday that seven of eight prosecutors at the center of the US Attorney firing scandal [JURIST news archive] were performing their jobs well before being dismissed, and that the eighth was "a fine guy" but "had management problems in [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The convicted assassin and terrorist known popularly as "Carlos the Jackal" [BBC profile; Wikipedia profile] - Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - may soon be forced to stand trial in France [JURIST news archive] for his alleged participation in four deadly terror bombings in 1982 and 1983, according to a [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Romanian Constitutional Court [official website] Thursday upheld an opposition-sponsored bill making it easier to remove the country's president by reducing the number of popular votes required for impeachment. Existing legislation requires more than half of Romania's citizens to support removal, making impeachment almost impossible. President Traian Basescu [official [read more]

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