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Legal news from Thursday, December 6, 2007
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Attorney General Malik Qayyum [JURIST news archive] has reversed a decision to cut the size of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] in the wake of the November 3 declaration of emergency, according to Pakistan's News daily Thursday. Qayyum told the News that he was acting at [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday approved a bipartisan bill that would allow television coverage of all open US Supreme Court hearings. The Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007 [S 352 text] would permit the Supreme Court [official website] to televise all open sessions, unless there [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russia has extradited an Uzbek man sought on charges of religious extremism to his native Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] in defiance of a request by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], a representative from the Russian advocacy group Civic Assistance said Thursday. The ECHR had formally [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this church website offensive; BBC report], is entitled to a preliminary injunction preventing the enforcement of a [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [official profile] said Thursday she will work to block a formal signing of the European Union's pre-membership deal with Serbia if the country does not apprehend fugitive former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic [BBC [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday to remove language that would broaden federal hate crimes legislation from a defense reauthorization bill currently being finalized in Congress. In September, the Senate approved an amendment [JURIST report] to the 2008 Defense Reauthorization Bill [HR 1585 materials] that would have expanded [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army major testified Thursday at a pretrial hearing to determine whether Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] qualifies as an unlawful enemy combatant [JURIST news archive], describing the circumstances under which Hamdan was taken into custody in Afghanistan in November [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Alaskan state officials said Wednesday that they are presently building a civil case against oil giant BP [corporate website] for two oil spills in Prudhoe Bay in March and August of 2006. The announcement by the environmental division of the Alaska Department of Law [official website] comes less than [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Corrupt police and court systems are the most common institutions to demand bribes [press release], according to a report [PDF text] released Thursday by Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website]. The TI Global Corruption Barometer 2007 [TI website] found that globally "25 per cent of respondents who [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Riot police and blockades prevented former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] and hundreds of supporters from marching Thursday to the home of ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], who has been under virtual house arrest since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] has proposed a national referendum on whether he and the country's nine provincial governors should remain in office in response to accusations that the process of creating a new constitution [text] has been illegitimate. Although the text was approved [JURIST report] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] on Thursday proposed [press release; HO materials] extending the current time limit for the detention of terrorist suspects before charges are filed to 42 days, up from the current limit of 28 days. Smith's proposal follows statements made last June by former [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Bush administration rule aimed at preventing urban forest fires was struck down as arbitrary and capricious by a three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday, drawing praise from environmental groups [Sierra Club press release]. The rule would have exempted from environmental [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The number of journalists behind bars decreased from 134 in 2006 to 127 at the end of 2007, according to a year-end report [press release; capsule summaries] issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday. China incarcerates the most journalists with 29 currently in prison, followed by [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] CIA interrogators may be restricted to using only those interrogation techniques explicitly authorized by the 2006 Army Field Manual if US House and Senate lawmakers succeed in adding the restriction to an upcoming intelligence funding bill, aides working on the bill told AP under condition of anonymity on Wednesday. [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Over seven million men and women were in prison, in jail or on probation or parole in the US in 2006, accounting for 3.2 percent of the total US adult population, or 1 in every 31 adults, according to a report [press release; PDF text] released by the US [read more]

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