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16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC report] formally signed the country's new constitution [draft text, PDF; JURIST report] into law Friday. The constitution, put forward by the military-backed interim government, was approved [JURIST report] in a national referendum last week. The interim government has praised the constitution as a step [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US judge Friday refused to reject a French extradition request for former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder] to face charges of money laundering through French banks. Noriega and his wife were sentenced in absentia [AP report] to 10 years in jail in 1999, but France has agreed [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] sentenced a Bosnian Serb former reserve policeman to 12 years in prison for crimes against humanity [press release] committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war. Nenad Tanaskovic [case materials] was convicted for taking part in an [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] An investigating judge who was to be transferred from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to serve as the head of Cambodia's Appeals Court will still remain on the ECCC, filling both roles simultaneously, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday. [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US military lawyers appearing at the first sitting of the new US Court of Military Commission Review [DOD materials] Friday urged the court to overturn a ruling [order, PDF] dropping charges against Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive]. In June, a military commission judge held [JURIST report] [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] James Ford Seale [Wikipedia profile], alleged to have been a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) [JURIST news archive], was sentenced to three life sentences Friday for his role in the kidnapping and death of two 19-year old teens in Mississippi in 1964. Seale was convicted [JURIST report] [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A UK judge Thursday ordered British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] to hold off deportations of failed asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] pending a determination by an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) [official website] on whether the DRC is a [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profile] has confirmed that telecommunications companies have provided vital cooperation to the warrantless domestic wiretapping program [JURIST news archive], the New York Times reported Friday. In an interview [transcript] with the El Paso Times last week, McConnell called for Congress to [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website] said Friday that he establish a body to draft a new Ukrainian constitution [text] and will propose amendments to clarify the distribution of power between the presidency, parliament, and the cabinet. In remarks [press release] marking Ukraine's Independence Day, Yushchenko addressed the need [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Assistant Attorney General Wan J. Kim [official profile] has resigned [press release] as head of the Justice Department's embattled Civil Rights Division [official website]. Kim's resignation, announced Thursday, is effective the end of the month. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales praised Kim for "his honest opinions and valuable contributions [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has refused to block organic food company Whole Foods Market from buying rival grocer Wild Oats Markets [corporate websites]. US District Judge Paul Friedman refused to issue an injunction blocking the acquisition [opinion, PDF] last week, and the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [official profile] will serve as Switzerland's ambassador to Argentina [press release] when her term as ICTY prosecutor expires at the end of the year, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Del Ponte, former Swiss attorney general, has [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US Marines investigating officer has recommended that murder charges be dropped against Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum [advocacy profile] for his role in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005. Lt. Col. Paul Ware [read more]

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