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Legal news from Wednesday, August 8, 2007
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion [PDF text; press release] Wednesday with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [official backgrounder] asking the court to "disclose recent legal opinions discussing the scope of the government's authority to engage in secret wiretapping of Americans." The ACLU's request includes a recently [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Namibian High Court on Wednesday sentenced 10 defendants to prison terms ranging from 30 to 32 years after they were convicted of high treason for their roles in the 1999 Caprivi uprising [BBC backgrounder]. The 10, who were removed from the courtroom for unruly behavior during the sentencing, [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley has refused to accept a plea agreement [Citizen-Times report] and maintains his innocence on allegations that he and two other soldiers killed three unarmed Iraqis and then placed weapons next to the bodies, according to an interview with Hensley's mother published in Wednesday's [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] French lawyer Francois Roux was sworn in Wednesday to defend former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Khek lev [TrialWatch profile], also known as Duch, in his trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. Cambodian Bar Association President Ky Tech said that Roux is [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury in California convicted [USAO press release] former Brocade Communications Systems [corporate website] CEO Gregory Reyes Tuesday in the first stock options backdating case to go to trial. The jury found Reyes guilty of conspiracy, securities fraud, lying to accountants, and false books for backdating stock options [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security [official website] is expected to issue stricter guidelines this week to enhance employer compliance with federal immigration regulations, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Under the proposed new rules, employers who receive notices from the Social Security Administration [official website] informing them of [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan [AI profile] said Tuesday that although Mexico has played a large role in advocating for human rights in the international arena, the country has failed to adequately address rights abuses at home. Amnesty International [advocacy website] completed its High Level Mission to Mexico [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive], who was detained by Australian authorities last month in connection with the attempted UK car bomb terror attacks [JURIST report], on Wednesday appealed the decision of Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Kevin Andrews to revoke Haneef's work visa [JURIST report] and place Haneef [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government [official website] in Iraq has adopted the "Kurdistan Oil and Gas Law" after KRG Prime Minister Nechervan Idris Barzani [official profile] signed legislation Tuesday that will allow the Kurdish government to control its own oil resources and select its own foreign investors. The Kurdish [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that terminally ill patients do not have a constitutional right to use experimental drugs that have passed limited safety trials but have not been proven safe and effective under requirements from the Food and [read more]

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