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Legal news from Tuesday, November 25, 2008
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases Tuesday. In United States v. Denedo [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide whether a military appellate court has jurisdiction to entertain a petition for a writ of error coram nobis [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision denying in part defendant's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit alleging that officials of the Roman Catholic Church failed to warn the public of sexual abuse of children [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Osama Bin Laden [JURIST news archive] driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] will soon be transferred [SABA report] from US to Yemeni custody, according to US military sources quoted in media reports Monday. His transfer comes approximately one month before the end of a six-month [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Singapore's High Court [official website] on Tuesday found the Wall Street Journal Asia [media website] in contempt of court over the newspaper's publication of three articles that allegedly undermined the country's judiciary. High Court Justice Tay Yong Kwang ruled that two editorials, "Democracy in Singapore" [text] and "Judging Singapore's [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Prosecutor General's Office [official website] on Tuesday announced the indictment [press release, in Russian] of exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for fraud and money laundering. The charges, filed under the Russian Criminal Code [Article 174 text], stem from a deal arranged between Russian [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Moscow Military District Court Judge Yevgeny Zubov on Tuesday reopened to the public the trial of three men accused of murdering journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] amid increasing confusion and calls from prosecutors for his removal from the case. Last Monday, Zubov ordered the trial to [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF; order, PDF] a motion by Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] seeking to have the military commission trial against him stopped because he was a [read more]

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[JURIST] The British government began issuing identity cards [press release; program backgrounder] Monday to foreign nationals in an effort to curb immigration abuse and to strengthen identity protection. The cards, which are being issued pursuant to the Identity Cards Act 2006 [text and notes; JURIST report], are biometric and contain [read more]

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[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Monday approved [Senate Daily Summary, PDF] legislation that would allow same-sex couples to enjoy most of the same rights as heterosexual couples, but would not give same-sex couples the right to marry. The Senate passed both a General Law Reform bill [text, PDF] [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Monday convicted [DOJ press release] the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) [ADL backgrounder; LOC archived website; case materials] and five of its officials [Dallas Morning News profiles and verdicts] on a total of 108 counts [superseding [read more]

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