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Legal news from Wednesday, December 12, 2007
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] was pressured by the White House to lower disclosure requirements [EPA Toxic Release Inventory materials] for companies storing or emitting 500 or more pounds of toxins, the Government Accountability Office [official website] said in a report [PDF text; summary] released Wednesday. [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US District Court judge Wednesday rejected [order, PDF] a lawsuit filed by automobile manufacturers [JURIST report] challenging California's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. Auto manufacturers, represented by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers [advocacy website], argued that by regulating the emissions standards of automobiles, California would [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] appeared before a closed door session of the US House Intelligence Committee [official website] Wednesday to testify about the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST news archive] allegedly showing the harsh interrogation of "high value" terror suspects. Committee members complained that Congress had not [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday expressed "grave concern" [press release] over the "lack of judicial guarantees and fair trial procedures" for detainees facing military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. In a report to the [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Wednesday sentenced [judgment summary; press release] former Bosnian Serb general Dragomir Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] to 33 years in prison after convicting him of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Milosevic, not related to former Yugoslavian President Slobodan [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] SEC Chairman Christopher Cox told [testimony, PDF; press release] said Wednesday that he intends to propose that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] grant a further one-year grace period to small businesses before requiring that they comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [PDF text; [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The legal advisor to the Convening Authority [official backgrounder] for Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay testified before members of Congress [text] Tuesday that evidence gathered from interrogation techniques such as waterboarding [JURIST news archive] may be admissible during military commission proceedings if it is "reliable and probative." Speaking before [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush granted pardons to 29 people on Tuesday, including some convicted for drug crimes, fraud, or kickback schemes. In addition, Bush reduced the sentence of another man who had been convicted for dealing crack cocaine. He did not pardon former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] granted a motion [PDF text] Tuesday compelling the US government to preserve all evidence of torture against Majid Khan [GlobalSecurity profile], the first "high-value" Guantanamo Bay detainee to be allowed to meet privately with attorneys. Khan, a [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Sentencing Commission [official website] voted unanimously Tuesday to give retroactive effect to an earlier amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines [USSC materials] that will reduce penalties for crack cocaine offenders [press release]. The amendment, which took effect November 1, was intended to narrow the disparity between sentences [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Robert Pickton [profile], accused of the deadliest string of serial killings in Canadian history, was sentenced by a British Columbia judge Tuesday to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. The sentence was the maximum authorized by Canadian law for second-degree murder. Pickton was convicted [read more]

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