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Legal news from Thursday, August 30, 2007
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] and other senior administration officials should be exempt from testifying about whether they shared classified national defense information with two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [advocacy website] lobbyists, lawyers argued at a closed-door court session Thursday. Steven Rosen and Keith [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] A preliminary hearing began Thursday at Camp Pendleton [official website], California, in proceedings against US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website], commander of the platoon implicated in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The United States should not deport foreign detainees back to their home countries if there is reason to believe they will face torture [JURIST news archive], American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers argued [press release] Thursday. Appearing before the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, lawyers [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice has begun an internal inquiry to determine whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] may have perjured himself [JURIST report] in testimony before Congress, DOJ Inspector General Glenn A. Fine [official profile] said Thursday. In a letter [PDF text] dated August [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] China's National People's Congress [official website, in Chinese] passed a new law [press release, in Chinese] Thursday to hold officials legally accountable for providing accurate and timely information on public emergencies. The law also allows the government to revoke the business licenses of media organizations that are found to [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday rejected several claims in a legal challenge [press release] to Arizona's voter ID law [JURIST news archive] filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) [advocacy website], including a claim that the ID law amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax. Judge Roslyn [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Thursday struck down [press release, PDF] an amendment to Australia's Commonwealth Electoral Act passed in 2006 that took voting rights away from all prisoners regardless of the length of their sentence, finding that the amendments stripped prisoners of a constitutional right [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese National People's Congress [official website, in Chinese] passed anti-monopoly legislation [press release, in Chinese] Thursday aimed at protecting China's economic security and easing the Chinese economy away from state-run monopolies. The new law establishes a series of national security checks for when a foreign company acquires or [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday blocked the Attorney General of Louisiana from filing suit on behalf of nearly 35,000 Hurricane Katrina victims against the US Army Corps of Engineers [official website] under the Federal Tort Claims Act [text]. A district court judge had [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Hezbollah recklessly and sometimes intentionally fired rockets at civilian targets during the summer 2006 Lebanon conflict [JURIST news archive], according to a 128-page report [text; press release] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Hezbollah was not legally justified in firing on civilians simply because Israel launched attacked Lebanese [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have released two of the 10 suspects who were arrested [JURIST report] Monday in connection with last October's killing [JURIST report] of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], and a third person is no longer under investigation. Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika [official website, [read more]

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