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Legal news from Thursday, July 17, 2008
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was released on bail Thursday, one day after being arrested [JURIST report] by Malaysian authorities investigating sodomy allegations [JURIST report] made against him by a former aide. According to a statement [Anwar blog post] posted Thursday, Anwar was told that he [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court Wednesday rejected [conference actions list, PDF] without comment a challenge [petition, PDF] seeking to remove a November ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. The petition, filed by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and the American Civil [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Wednesday approved by voice vote a ban prohibiting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] from allowing private contractors to interrogate detainees. The ban is part of a bill [HR 5959 materials] authorizing intelligence expenditures for the 2009 fiscal year. US President George W. [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Swedish legal organization Monday filed a complaint [PDF text] with the European Court of Human Rights [official website], challenging a controversial warrantless wiretapping law [draft text, in Swedish] passed [JURIST report] by the Swedish parliament last month. The law gives Sweden's National Defence Radio Establishment [official website] broad [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website] Tuesday ruled [PDF text] that racist comments made online by a US Army soldier were protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The court confirmed that the free speech rights of military personnel were more limited [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A committee of the Italian House of Deputies [official website, in Italian] Wednesday approved funding for a national fingerprinting effort to begin in 2010. Italian leaders have pushed to require all Italian citizens and resident foreigners to be fingerprinted for national ID cards. The move is seen by some [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK officially completed its ratification of the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], by filing approval documents in Rome on Thursday. The Treaty was incorporated into British law by a bill [text; explanatory notes] that was passed [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [official profile] invoked executive privilege Wednesday to prevent members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official website] from obtaining an FBI report on an interview with Vice President Dick Cheney concerning the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive]. The Committee had [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Thursday convicted [judgment summary; press release] former Yugoslav general Pavle Strugar [ICTY factsheet, PDF] on additional charges related to his role in the 1991 shelling of Dubrovnik [BBC report], the historic Croatian city that UNESCO has declared a World [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate on Wednesday passed a constitutional reform bill [text, in French; materials, in French] which is backed by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and which was designed to modernize the constitution [text] and redefine governmental powers. The subject text of the bill, which passed by a vote of [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court Thursday rejected the third appeal [JURIST report] made by Mukhlas, Imam Samudra and Amrozi Nurhasyim [BBC profiles] of their convictions for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder]. Lawyers for the three said they had been denied an earlier opportunity to present expert testimony in [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge has denied [ruling, PDF] a motion to dismiss by Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], holding that the military commission assigned to his trial has the appropriate jurisdiction to hear the case. Hamdan's lawyers moved for dismissal of the charges [motions, PDF] in [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK parliament [official website] approved [debate text] legislation Wednesday that would allow the use of testimony from anonymous witnesses at criminal trials. The Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008 [text, PDF; parliament backgrounder] was introduced [JURIST report] last month by UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] as [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Wisconsin [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion text, PDF] that a homeowner's insurance policy does not cover a wife's negligence in not preventing her husband, who was covered by the same policy, from sexually abusing a child. With a 4-3 decision in J.G. v. Wangard [read more]

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