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Legal news from Wednesday, October 20, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US soldier is currently being held in connection with the fatal shooting on Sunday of a Taliban detainee, who was found dead in a holding cell in Kandahar province, according to US Forces in Afghanistan [JURIST news archives]. The US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) [official website] and [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chairperson of the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] Claudio Grossman [official profile] on Tuesday urged nations to "reconnect with the values" of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [texts and materials] and increase efforts to combat torture [press release]. Grossman [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday condemned [press release] a ruling by the UAE Federal Supreme Court affirming a "husband['s] right to discipline his wife" as a violation of UAE treaty obligations. The ruling upheld a man's right to discipline his children and wife as long as [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] set new precedent Wednesday by ruling [judgment, PDF] in favor of recognizing a pre-nuptial agreement during divorce proceedings. The decision affirmed an appellate court decision [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] that honored a pre-nuptial agreement between German heiress Katrin Radmacher and her ex-husband, which [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Indian government introduced a new court system Tuesday that will handle only environmental litigation. The National Green Tribunal, which was established by the Indian Parliament [official website] in June under the National Green Tribunal Act [text, PDF], will consist of a chairperson, and a maximum of 20 judicial [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Virginia Phillips of the US District Court of the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday denied [order] the Obama administration's request to stay her order requiring the US military to end enforcement of its controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday denied [order, PDF] the habeas corpus petition of Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Obaidullah [DOD materials]. While Obaidullah has denied the charges against him, Judge Richard Leon noted that he has [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] ruled [judgment text, in French; press release, in French] Tuesday that all persons in custody of French law enforcement, including terrorism suspects, are entitled to consult with lawyers from the outset of criminal proceedings. Sitting en banc, the court ruled [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Tuesday that openly gay men and women are now allowed to sign up [press release] to serve in the in US armed forces, following a recent court order striking down the controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC [read more]

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