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Legal news from Thursday, July 31, 2008
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush issued an executive order [text and materials] on Thursday which gives the country's Director of National Intelligence [official website] the authority to coordinate information sharing between different US and foreign intelligence services, a duty previously held by the Central Intelligence Agency [official website]. The Director [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday rejected arguments [opinion, PDF; CREW press release] that senior White House officials are protected from congressional subpoena by executive privilege, ruling that former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers [official profile] must testify before a House [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday granted [order, PDF] prosecutors' petition for an en banc rehearing on whether the insider trading conviction of former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] should be overturned. In March, a Tenth Circuit panel [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The South African Constitutional Court [official website] on Thursday rejected a motion [opinion, PDF; opinion summary] by politician Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to exclude evidence from his upcoming corruption trial. Zuma had argued [JURIST report] that evidence seized in 2005 raids by the Directorate of Special [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] voted 5-4 on Wednesday to indefinitely stay the execution [order, PDF] of Thomas Arthur [advocacy website], who had been sentenced to death by lethal injection for a 1982 contract killing. Arthur would have been executed on Thursday. The court did not disclose its [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Jerry Brown [official website] formally notified [letter, PDF; press release] the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Thursday that the state would file a lawsuit against the agency if it refused to issue rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from ships, aircraft, industrial and agricultural machinery, and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Officials for United Airlines [corporate website] filed a lawsuit [press release] Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeking to ban pilots' union Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) [official website] and four pilots from causing flight cancellations. The suit alleges that ALPA and the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Friday refused to enter a plea [VOA report] and denied the assistance of counsel in his first appearance [ICTY video, ASX] before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official site], where he faces [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Wednesday that a Native American prisoner in Wyoming had settled his lawsuit [ACLU press release] against the Wyoming Department of Corrections after Department officials agreed to allow the man to keep up to four eagle feathers in his cell for religious purposes. [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Thursday convicted Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive], the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], of tax evasion for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to her step-brother and secretary, who were also convicted. Pojamarn and step-brother Bannapot Damapong [read more]

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