Legal news from Sunday, June 11, 2006

[JURIST] The suicides of three detainees [JURIST report], two Saudis and a Yemeni, at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Saturday prompted Saudi Interior Ministry officials to renew calls on Sunday for all Saudi prisoners to be released from the military camp and returned to Saudi Arabia where they can … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official profile] said on Sunday that he plans to demand hearings and issue subpoenas for telephone company executives to discuss the program of disclosing public calling records [JURIST report] to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] if the White House … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Bar Association [group website] death penalty assessment team [ABA materials] recommended a moratorium on the death penalty in Alabama in a report [DOC text; executive summary, DOC] released Sunday that cited major flaws in the state's administration of capital punishment [JURIST news archive]. The assessment team, composed … [read more]

[JURIST] US Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich [Wikipedia profile], commander of the platoon implicated in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha [JURIST report], told his attorney that his unit followed the rules of engagement and did not purposefully attack civilians, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Wuterich contends … [read more]

[JURIST] Dozens of Iraqi detainees were released Sunday as part of a national reconciliation plan announced by new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki [BBC profile] last week. Maliki promised that 2,500 prisoners held in US detention facilities and Iraqi custody would be released if the detainees "are not Saddam Hussein … [read more]

[JURIST] Parliament members in Nepal [JURIST news archive] voted late Saturday to strip King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] of his power to veto laws passed by the legislature. The new law is the latest in a series of moves to strip Gyanendra of the wide-ranging powers [JURIST report] he … [read more]

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