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Legal news from Saturday, May 22, 2010
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama Friday nominated former Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] lawyer James Cole [professional profile] for the position of Deputy Attorney General, the second highest position at the DOJ. Cole previously spent 13 years at the DOJ, including four years as head of the department's Public [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed an executive order [text] on Friday establishing an independent commission [White House weekly address] to investigate offshore drilling and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico [BBC backgrounder]. The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] has expressed concern [press release] about the treatment of anti-government protesters detained during Thailand's latest round of political violence [JURIST news archive]. The group is chiding the Thai government for enacting an emergency decree giving Thai security forces broad power to arrest individuals [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Armed Services Committee [official website] has approved a bill prohibiting the Obama administration from modifying or building a facility in the US to hold detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 [text, PDF] provides the [read more]

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