Legal news from Friday, March 17, 2006
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals held [PDF decision] Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency [official website] cannot exempt coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial facilities from a requirement to install new pollution controls to keep up with emissions changes. A rule creating an exemption under [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] Friday presented oral arguments before the UK High Court in its appeal [JURIST report] of the Court’s December decision [JURIST report; JURIST document] to require the British government to register Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] as a British citizen. A decision [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 27 Danish Muslim organizations plan to sue Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten [media website] in a Danish court and file a complaint against Denmark with the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] in Jyllands-Posten and [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Democratic Republic of Congo Friday sent Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch backgrounder], leader of the ethnic militia-turned-political party Union of Congolese Patriots [Global Security backgrounder], to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive], making him the first prisoner delivered to new international criminal tribunal in The [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The number of asylum applications submitted to industrialized countries has decreased for the fourth year in a row and the number of asylum seekers arriving in Western nations has plummeted by half in the last five years [UNHCR press release], according to statistics [report, PDF] released Friday by the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] German engineer Gotthard Lerch [Iran Watch profile] went on trial in Mannheim, Germany, Friday on charges that he aided Libya’s abortive efforts to build a nuclear bomb. Lerch is widely known as a member of a clandestine network led by A.Q. Kahn [Wikipedia backgrounder], which investigators believe supplied Iran [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Narrowing a controversial Tuesday order [PDF], US District Judge Leonie Brinkema has ruled that the US government will remain precluded from introducing aviation evidence tainted by TSA attorney Carla Martin in its case against would-be hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] but will be allowed to introduce new untainted [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The French government on Friday condemned violent protests against the recently passed First Employment Contract (CPE) [FAQ, in French] labor law. A group of student and union demonstrators clashed with French authorities around the Sorbonne University in Paris Thursday, where 187 protesters were detained for setting minor fires, overturning [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled 2-1 in a three-judge panel decision [opinion, PDF] that Tennessee can offer a pro-life specialty license plate even though it does not offer a pro-choice license plate to state drivers. The lawsuit, filed [ACLU press [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] is making slow progress in its efforts to set up a regional human rights watchdog, officials from the organization announced Friday. Representatives from the four member countries suggesting the establishment of the institution, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, met [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] China's practice of "internet management" [Knight Ridder report] continued Friday with a 10-year sentence for Ren Ziyaun, a teacher found guilty of "subversion of state power" after posting "The Road to Democracy" and other essays on the Internet. According to Human Rights in China [advocacy website], the article asserted [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's environmental law news, the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] has ruled against a petition [PDF text] from the state of North Carolina to force the cleanup of coal-fired power plants in other states that North Carolina argued contribute to its air pollution problems. The petition was [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Liberia has formally asked the Nigerian government to transfer former Liberian President Charles Taylor [PBS profile; JURIST news archive] so that he can face war crimes charges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website]. Liberia's transfer request is similar to an extradition request, but Taylor would be [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Allen Abney was released from US military custody Thursday evening after his arrest last week for deserting the US Marine Corps [official website] in 1968. Abney, now a Canadian citizen, was born in the United States, but grew up in Canada. He joined the Marines in 1968, but fled [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Fausto Pocar, president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website], released updated results Friday from the autopsy [JURIST report] on Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] indicating that toxicological tests undertaken by Dutch investigators showed "no indications" of poisoning, contrary to a claim allegedly made [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy [official website] plans to investigate possible war crimes committed by US troops in a November 2005 Iraq firefight that killed 15 civilians, according to a military official speaking on condition of anonymity Thursday. The incident involved approximately twelve US Marines [official website] firing at insurgents after [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department Thursday invoked its authority under the 1965 Voting Rights Act [DOJ backgrounder] to approve scheduled April 22 municipal elections in New Orleans [JURIST news archive]. African American leaders had pressed the Department to block the vote on the grounds that it effectively disenfranchised many African [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] No federal civil rights charges will be filed in the 1955 killing of Emmett Till [JURIST news archive], according to an FBI statement [text] issued Thursday citing the expiration of a five year statute of limitations. Till, a 14-year old African American boy, was brutally beaten and shot for [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [OYEZ profile] and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [OYEZ profile] have both said in recent speeches that they have been the target of death threats. In a speech [text] last month at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Ginsburg said [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The European Parliament [official website] Thursday urged Senegal [press release] to provide for a fair trial of former Chad President Hissene Habre [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive], either in Senegal or through extradition to Belgium, which has issued an international arrest warrant [JURIST report] through its amended 2003 [read more]

05:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Former Bosnia Serb paramilitary leader Gojko Jankovic pleaded not guilty to war crimes Thursday before the new War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [JURIST report; HRW backgrounder]. Jankovic is the second Bosnian war crimes suspect to be transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for [read more]

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