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Legal news from Tuesday, October 16, 2012
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Theresa May [official profile] announced Tuesday to the House of Commons [official website] that she would block the US extradition of British computer hacker, Gary McKinnon [BBC profile; advocacy website]. Relying on Article 3 of the Human Rights Act [text] concerning prohibition of torture, May announced [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday sought dismissal [text, PDF] of a suit by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] against Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] for failure to produce subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious [materials]. The lawsuit [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday vacated [opinion, PDF] the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], Osama bin Laden's former driver. Hamdan was convicted of conspiracy and material support for terrorism under the Military Commissions Act [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN's top anti-crime official on Monday urged [press release] an integrated international response to target transnational crime syndicates which seek to avoid prosecution by moving to a new country when faced with increased law enforcement pressure. UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] Executive Director Yury [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] European regulators led by the French National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) [official website] on Tuesday urged [letter, PDF; press release] Google [corporate website] to clarify its updated privacy policy [text; press release]. Google's new unified policy, which went into effect on March 1, outlines the company's practices [read more]

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[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [official website] on Tuesday proposed legislation [materials, in Russian] that would ban tobacco advertisements and public smoking and raise taxes on tobacco products. On his video blog [media website, in Russian] Medvedev acknowledged that 44 million Russians—a third of the entire population—are nicotine dependent, [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report] do not have to attend [DOD press release] court proceedings against them, a military judge ruled Monday. Army Col. James Pohl ruled that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive], Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday opened the trial of Goran Hadzic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the last suspect to be tried by the court. Hadzic, one 161 people tried by the ICTY, is accused [indictment, PDF] of committing crimes against [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A tax evasion hearing for former Ukraine prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] was delayed Monday again [JURIST report] due to Tymoshenko's health. Tymoshenko's lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, requested [press release] the trial be postponed before court and reported that the court ignored his motion: "This was [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted [order list, PDF] review of Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. [docket; cert petition, PDF], the first case of the term where they will consider one of the states' new voting laws [JURIST backgrounder]. Arizona's 2004 Proposition 200 [read more]

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