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Legal news from Thursday, July 16, 2009
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile; JURIST news archive] reiterated her commitment to applying the law fairly to the facts of each case as members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] concluded their questions [materials] Thursday. During questioning from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Detainees held at the US detention facility at Bagram Air Base [JURIST news archive; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Afghanistan have refused prison privileges to protest their detention, according to Thursday reports. Since early July, hundreds of Bagram detainees have refused shower and exercise time and have ceased participation in a [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Wednesday approved [materials, in French] 282-238 a bill that would relax the country's restrictions on Sunday commercial activities. If passed by the Senate next week, the bill would alter a 1906 law establishing the principle of "Sunday rest" to allow [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] stated on Wednesday that they do not oppose [response, PDF] a motion to suppress [text, PDF] the allegedly torture-induced confession of Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive]. Jawad's motion sought to suppress all out-of-court statements made to US [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Military prosecutors at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday sought to delay the trials of three suspected terrorists while the US government revises the military commission [JURIST news archive] system used to try them. At the second day of hearings held at the detention facility since US President [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) [official website] was criticized [press release] by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) [official website] Wednesday for its role in interrogating Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. The committee reported [text] that the intelligence agency failed to consider Khadr's age [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday received and reviewed [press release] a sealed envelope listing the names of those believed to be responsible for the post-election violence in Kenya [JURIST report] in late 2007 and early 2008. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Criminal Court [official website, in German] on Tuesday released the frozen assets [judgment, PDF; in German] of former Zaire leader Mobutu Sese Seko [profile]. The court ruled that the approximately 7.7 million Swiss francs stored in banks, which were said to have been gained illegally, will [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Maryland alcohol price regulations violate federal antitrust laws. The court upheld their previous ruling [opinion, PDF] from 2001 that state pricing schemes for liquor and wine wholesalers restrain trade and constitute horizontal price [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the UK's judiciary on Wednesday said that judges have been improperly excluded [text, PDF] from debate over "major constitutional changes" in recent years. In a speech at a judicial banquet held by the Lord Mayor of London Ian Luder, Lord Chief Justice Lord Igor Judge [official [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary] was kidnapped in Grozny Wednesday morning and shot to death, according to news reports. Estemirova, 50, investigated allegations of human rights violations in Chechnya for about 10 years. Estemirova's body, which had been shot multiple times, was found Wednesday afternoon [Moscow [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The sodomy trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] began in Kuala Lampur on Wednesday, one year after he was arrested. Anwar is charged with sodomizing a male aide in June 2008, though his lawyers have claimed that he was not at the site [read more]

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