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Legal news from Friday, August 3, 2007
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush signed [press release] an anti-terror bill [PDF text, HR 1 materials] Friday that implements recommendations by the 9/11 commission [official website]. The measure will transfer funds to states and cities found to be at high risk for terrorist attacks and also includes a provision [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury in Camp Pendleton, California, Friday sentenced [press release] US Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins, III to 15 years in prison for his role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Hutchins [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pojamarn Shinwatra, wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], filed a lawsuit Friday at the Bangkok Civil Court against the Assets Examination Committee (AEC) [Wikipedia backgrounder], alleging that the AEC's seizure of $86 million of her assets was arbitrary and unfair. The AEC [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [official profile] asked urged Congress Friday to pass legislation [statement; fact sheet] "modernizing" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive], calling on members of Congress to postpone their scheduled August recess until the legislation is submitted to the White House for [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury sentenced US Marine Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda [advocacy website] to 448 days confinement [press release] and demoted Magincalda to private Friday for his role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said Thursday that Rwanda has signed extradition treaties with countries in Africa, Europe, and North America following its abolition of the death penalty [JURIST report] in July. The law ending the death penalty, which took effect July 25, was largely motivated by Rwanda's desire [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK parliament's Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill [official website] urged parliament to amend the draft climate change bill [PDF text] to include the monitoring and analysis of all greenhouse emissions instead of only carbon dioxide in a report [PDF text] released Friday. The committee also [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled [PDF text] Friday that the FBI's conduct during an 18-hour raid on the congressional offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official profile; JURIST news archive] was unconstitutional, finding that the "compelled disclosure of privileged material to the Executive during [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit lifted a stay [order, PDF] Thursday on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to Algeria. The court instead put Belbacha's appeal on an expedited schedule. Belbacha is appealing a district judge's decision [AP report] to deny [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Friday ordered the release on bail of jailed opposition leader Javed Hashmi pending his appeal of his 2004 conviction [BBC report] for allegedly inciting mutiny in the armed forces, forgery and defamation by circulating an unsigned letter allegedly written by army [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] Friday rejected calls for an independent judicial inquiry into the Australian government's handling of the terror case against Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive], calling it a political "stunt" [transcript] by opposition Labour Party leader Kevin Rupp [official profile]. During an interview [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean authorities on Thursday announced the capture of former Gen. Raul Iturriaga Neumann, a former high-ranking intelligence official with the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) [FAS backgrounder] during the reign of former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Neumann, who has been a fugitive since June, has been [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] China is increasing its control over human rights activists [press release] and other political dissidents ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympics [official website], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] reported Thursday. HRW says that leaders in the Communist Party of China (CPC), fearing potential embarrassment brought on by activists [read more]

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