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Legal news from Thursday, May 22, 2008
22:05 EDT

[JURIST] Alaska Governor Sarah Palin [official profile] announced Thursday that her office intends to launch a court challenge [press release] to last week's listing of the polar bear on the US endangered species list. The suit will be filed in US District Court in Washington and will argue that science [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] reached an agreement with Taliban-linked Islamic militants in the Pakistani North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat to implement Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST archive] in the area, according to statements attributed to the militants. Under the agreement, the Pakistani army [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Accused Rwanda war crimes suspect Michel Bagaragaza [TrialWatch profile; ICTR materials] was transferred [ICTR press release] from the Hague back to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] in Arusha, Tanzania Wednesday after a Dutch court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The ban on cluster bombs [ICRC materials; JURIST news archive] currently being considered at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions [official website, JURIST report] could impede humanitarian efforts by discouraging cooperation with non-signatories, a US State Department official said in a press briefing [transcript] Wednesday. US Acting Assistant [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee [official website] voted [press release] 10-9 Wednesday to overturn a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] that rejected California's request for a waiver [JURIST news archive] allowing the state to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] Wednesday adopted new rules [EP legislative materials; press release] to criminalize acts that cause serious environmental damage. Among the offenses which could now receive criminal sanctions are the illegal disposal of radioactive substances, waste management practices that harm the environment, and the slaughter or [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] An attempt by the US House of Representatives to override a presidential veto [JURIST report] of the new Farm Bill [HR 2419 materials] delayed late Wednesday when it was found that a section of the bill had been inadvertently left out of the version originally sent to President George [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Drug companies are harming consumers by using "pay-for-delay" legal agreements to keep cheaper generic prescription drugs off the market, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Wednesday by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website]. The report compares legal documents submitted to the FTC by drug [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [PDF text] Wednesday that the US military cannot dismiss a soldier on the basis of sexual orientation alone, departing from the reasoning used to defeat similar cases in the past [JURIST report]. The court's holding may signal [read more]

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