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Legal news from Tuesday, May 20, 2008
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US has been unable to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] because it has been stymied by legal and practical questions about what to do with the center's detainees, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] said at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing [recorded [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of involvement in the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archives] attempted to commit suicide last month, his lawyer said Tuesday. Mohammad al-Qahtani [JURIST news archive], a Saudi Arabian citizen known as the "20th hijacker" for his alleged role in 9/11, was reportedly upset about [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The White House played a "significant role" in a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] to reject California's request for a waiver [JURIST news archive] allowing the state to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks, a Majority Staff report [PDF [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Tuesday indicted [PDF text] a Kosovar journalist on contempt of court charges for allegedly revealing the identity of a witness in the war crimes trial of former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive]. Baton [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Tuesday voted 324-84 [roll call] to pass a bill [HR 6074 materials] which would subject members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) [official website] to US antitrust [JURIST news archive] law. The bill would authorize the US Department of Justice to file [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Monday asked the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to block his extradition to France, arguing in court filings that extradition would violate his prisoner of war (POW) status. Noriega will remain in a US federal prison [JURIST report] [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website] Tuesday agreed to pay $58 million [Pennsylvania AG press release] to settle lawsuits brought by 29 states and the District of Columbia regarding Merck's allegedly deceptive advertising for the painkiller Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive]. Under the settlement, Merck agreed to [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and seven co-defendants resumed Tuesday, three weeks after a brief opening session and subsequent adjournment [JURIST report] at the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] in Baghdad. Some members of the defense's legal team were [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's governing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website] will propose an amendment to the country's 1973 Constitution [text] to restrict judicial and presidential power, Pakistan's News daily reported Tuesday. The proposed amendment would raise the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court judges, limit the term of the Chief Justice [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Military defense lawyers for the five Guantanamo Bay detainees allegedly behind the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] are attempting to delay their clients' arraignments, currently scheduled [JURIST report] for June 5. They allege the US government has interfered with the defendants' rights to counsel by refusing to provide [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] Tuesday upheld [decision, PDF] a district court ruling [JURIST report] that the design of US paper currency discriminates against the blind in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [US DOL materials]. The court found [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jaber Elbaneh, a Yemeni-American on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List [FBI notice] for alleged participation in acts of international terrorism, was jailed [WP report] in Yemen Monday after an appeals court upheld his ten-year prison sentence. Elbaneh was indicted by the US government in 2003 for conspiracy and [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Doudou Diene [OAS profile; OHCHR backgrounder], the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, is visiting the US this week to gather first-hand information on issues of race relations [UNHCHR press release]. Diene's visit comes at the invitation of the US government. [read more]

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