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Legal news from Tuesday, November 18, 2008
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Eric Holder [professional profile], Deputy US Attorney General [archive materials] during the Clinton administration, has been asked and has agreed to serve as US Attorney General for the incoming administration of now President-elect Barack Obama, according to media reports citing unnamed sources late Tuesday. If officially nominated and if [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two alleged Bosnian war criminals were arrested [Reuters report] Tuesday on orders from the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website]. Radivoje Lalovic and Soniboj Skiljevic are charged with war crimes allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo [UN backgrounder], when both men worked in the Kula prison. [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday lifted a suspension [press release; AFP report] imposed on the trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] after prosecutors in the case agreed to share [filing, PDF] as-yet undisclosed evidence with the court. In June, the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Jerry Brown [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the state Supreme Court [official website] to review the petitions [materials; JURIST report] raised in reference to the recent passage [results; JURIST report] of Proposition 8 [text, materials], the voter initiative that amended the state constitution [text] [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi human rights activists are concerned about the treatment of detainees due to be transferred from US military custody to Iraqi authorities under the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [CFR materials; McClatchy translation], according to an IRIN report [text] Monday. The pact, approved the Iraqi cabinet [JURIST report] [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Over 100 retired admirals and generals of the United States military called Monday for a repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy [USC text; HRC backgrounder] regarding homosexuals in the armed forces. The controversial policy requires the dismissal of openly gay or lesbian service members. The statement [text] [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN envoy to Iraq Staffan de Mistura praised [press release; UN News Centre report] the country's new Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) on Monday, calling it a "milestone" for human rights in the region. The IHCHR was instituted on Sunday by the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK's former senior law lord Thomas Bingham [Times profile] on Monday criticized [press release] official UK legal justifications given for the 2003 US and UK invasion of Iraq, saying it was "a serious violation of international law and of the rule of law." Bingham focused [BBC report] on [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the administration of US president-elect Barack Obama [transition website] will likely not prosecute Americans who approved or actually carried out the torture or other harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, according to an AP report [text] published Monday. The adoption of such a policy would be in line [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that his retirement from the post of chief judge of US military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] will be effective immediately. Kohlmann initially announced his retirement [JURIST report] in September, but said then that it would not be [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Irish Times poll [report] published Monday suggests that 52.5 percent of Irish voters would approve the Treaty of Lisbon [text; EU backgrounder] if it were modified so that Ireland kept a European Union (EU) [official website] Commissioner and clarified Irish concerns over neutrality, abortion, and taxation. The poll [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US president-elect Barack Obama [transition website] has reportedly selected [Washington Post report] Gregory Craig [professional profile] to serve as White House counsel. Craig, who was an adviser to Obama during the presidential campaign, led former President Bill Clinton's defense during his 1998 impeachment proceedings [PBS materials; JURIST materials]. In [read more]

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