Legal news from Saturday, October 1, 2005
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense announced [press release] Saturday the release of one Egyptian detainee from the prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] after a military Combatant Status Review Tribunal [US DOD factsheet] determined he was no longer an enemy combatant. The unnamed detainee will be transferred back [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US military Saturday released a second group of 500 Iraqi detainees from Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] following an earlier release of more than 500 detainees Monday [JURIST archive], and a release of another 1.000 [JURIST report] at the end of August. The military has not said [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] announced [official text] Friday that she intends to send an official observer to the Uzbekistan trial of protestors accused of plotting a rebellion during the spring Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder] in the east of the country. Arbour had already [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The White House Friday threatened to veto a $440.2 billion defense spending bill if the Senate amended it to establish a national commission on detainee operations or include provisions regulating the detention, treatment, or trial of terrorists. In an official policy statement [text; PDF], the administration insisted that such [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The General Counsel of the US Government Accountability Office [official website] issued a scathing opinion letter [PDF text] Friday criticizing the Bush administration's use of news media and commentators to promote education policies like the No Child Left Behind initiative [official website] as "covert propaganda" prohibited by law. GAO [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] Friday that members of the Nebraska Legislature [official website] overstepped their authority when they changed the minimum sentence for first-degree murder from life in prison to life in prison without parole in 2002. The legislature made the change during a 2002 special [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Army General George Casey [official profile], the senior US commander in Iraq, expressed concern over the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] at a news conference [official transcript] Friday, saying the draft [PDF text] had created divisiveness among the country's ethnic groups, as many Iraqi Sunnis are opposed to [read more]

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