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Legal news from Tuesday, June 30, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, in Dutch] the 2005 war crimes conviction [JURIST report] of a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals used by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to create chemical weapons. Frans Van Anraat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday granted permission [press release; waiver, PDF] to California to enforce its own greenhouse gas emissions standards. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson [official profile] said that "the decision puts law and science first," and reinforces an automaker-backed [AFP report] agreement on tighter national vehicle [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday declared [opinion, PDF] Democrat Al Franken the winner of the state's 2008 US Senate race over incumbent opponent Norm Coleman [campaign websites]. In an unanimous ruling, the court affirmed the April decision [order, PDF; JURIST report] by the Minnesota State Court [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A panel for Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] on Tuesday ordered an end to the investigation [JURIST report] of alleged crimes against humanity committed by Israel in a 2002 attack on the Gaza Strip [NYT backgrounder]. The court reversed a May order [order, PDF, in Spanish; JURIST report] by [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a habeas corpus challenge brought by Afghan national Haji Wazir detained at Bagram Air Base [JURIST news archive] without charges since 2002. Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] dismissed Wazir's petition, finding [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) [official website, in Chinese] announced Tuesday that it would delay [press release, in Chinese] the mandatory installation of controversial "Green Dam" Internet content filtering software. The software would block websites containing content such as pornography, drugs, homosexuality, or violence, and [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] An opposition politician in Niger on Tuesday accused President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] of committing a coup d'etat by annulling the West African country's Constitutional Court on Monday. Bazoum Mohamed of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) [party website] said that Tandja did not have the right [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The German Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [judgment; press release] Tuesday that the European Union (EU) [official website] reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty [EU materials; text], is compatible with the German Basic Law [text], but requires parliamentary reforms before it can be ratified. German [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Monday that they would attempt to charge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with genocide. The announcement [Reuters report] came after the ICC ruled last week to permit prosecutors to appeal the decision not to issue [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] closed its 2008 term Monday without deciding whether to hear the case of the remaining 13 Chinese Uighur Muslims at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. The Court did not provide a reason [AFP report] for delaying its decision. Court watchers [read more]

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