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Legal news from Thursday, December 13, 2007
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of South Korea [official backgrounder] Thursday upheld the sentence of Michael Jang, a Korean American convicted of spying for North Korea [JURIST news archive] In April, the Seoul District Court in South Korea sentenced five people to jail [JURIST report] for espionage. Group ringleader Jang initiated [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 222-199 [roll call] Thursday to pass an intelligence funding bill [HR 2082 materials] that would restrict CIA interrogators to using only those interrogation techniques explicitly authorized by the 2006 Army Field Manual. Army interrogation guide Field Manual 2-22.3 [PDF text; press release] explicitly [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Philippine judge Thursday dismissed rebellion charges [JURIST report] against former Vice President Teofisto Guingona [official profile], ruling that police had failed to establish his role in an aborted coup attempt [JURIST report] against Philippine President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] last month. The judge also rejected charges [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Thursday upheld [ruling, PDF; press release, PDF] a 1928 treaty between Nicaragua and Columbia that granted several small islands off the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua to Colombia. Nicaragua had brought suit [case materials] in 2001 claiming sovereignty over the islands of [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic has said that Serbia country is planning to file a petition with the UN Security Council seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice [official website] on the legality of independence for the region of Kosovo [JURIST news archive], the now UN-administered territory [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Palestinian doctor detained in Libya for eight years after being accused of deliberately infected hundreds of children with the HIV virus Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [official website], alleging that he was tortured during his detention. Ashraf Jima Hajuj, who threatened legal action against [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Assembly [official website] voted 44-36 Thursday to pass a bill [A3716, PDF] replacing the state current death penalty [JURIST news archive] with life imprisonment. The bill now goes to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine [official website], who is expected to sign it. The New Jersey [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) [advocacy websites], filed a new federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday challenging an Arizona law aimed at preventing employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants [JURIST [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Five prominent members of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) [Wikipedia backgrounder] were arrested by Malaysian authorities Thursday and will be detained for at least two years under Malaysia's controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) [HRW backgrounder], Malaysian Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharom told the Associated Press. The five [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders from the 27 countries that make up the European Union on Thursday signed [press release] the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], a reform treaty designed to speed up the decision-making process within EU institutions and allow EU members to take a more active role in global [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 Thursday to report contempt of Congress resolutions [press release] to the full Senate for White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [resolution texts] over their refusal to testify before the committee as part of [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Interim Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile] said Thursday that he will not withdraw a proposed Internal Security Bill [Nation report] that would grant the military power to override government operations and suspend rights even after general elections of a civilian-run government scheduled for December 23. The proposal [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that former Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith, who served as minister for social affairs, have filed appeals with the ECCC challenging their detention. The two were arrested [PDF [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] approved a draft bill [HR 3753 materials] Wednesday that would increase the annual salary of federal judges in an attempt to close the pay gap between the federal judiciary and their colleagues in private practice. Under the legislation, judicial pay would not [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department said Wednesday that 15 detainees have been transferred [press release] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], bringing the total number of detainees released from the US detention facility to approximately 485. Thirteen detainees were transferred to Afghanistan, and the other two were transferred to Sudan. [read more]

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