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20:01 EDT

[JURIST] A staff attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps [official website] who was accused in August 2006 of leaking detainee names [JURIST report] while stationed at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] was ordered Monday to face court-martial on charges of leaking secret national defense information to a [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Illegal immigrants in the US who have been arrested and released within US borders appear to exhibit a markedly high rate of reincarceration, according to a report [text, PDF] released by the US Department of Justice [official website] on Monday. The report...judgmentally selected a sample of 100 criminal histories, [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority [Duke Law case backgrounder] 05-1345, a case concerning whether a local ordinance would violate the Commerce Clause [US Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] A defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has said she intends to sue the Iraqi government for allowing the ousted leader to be taunted moments before his execution and for allegedly allowing his body to be abused afterwards. Bushra al-Khalil [profile] told a Saudi newspaper Sunday that [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who was found guilty of assisting the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] on the US, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German; English version]. According to the court, Motassadeq aided [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The White House said Monday that President Bush intends to nominate [announcement] Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile], current US ambassador to Iraq, to serve as the next US ambassador to the UN [mission website]. Rumors of the personnel change first circulated last week and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The 100-member Constitution Drafting Council in Thailand [JURIST news archive] moved a key step closer to its goal of presenting a new constitution for the country within the next six months Monday by electing professor Noranit Setabutr [profile] to serve as its chairman, pending his approval by Thai King [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The war crimes trial of former Rwandan colonel and prefect of Rwanda's capital city Tharcisse Renzaho [ICTR case file] began [press release] Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Renzaho faces charges [indictment, PDF] of genocide, complicity in genocide, and murder as [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the Iraqi government [statement] on Monday not to carry out the anticipated executions [JURIST report] of two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants, saying that if the executions are carried out, they will further demonstrate Iraq's disregard for human rights and the rule of [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has ruled that a former terrorist suspect can sue a county in Detroit for alleged abuse while he was in jail. Karim Koubriti, a Moroccan national, was convicted in 2003 of document fraud and conspiracy to aid terrorists after he and three others were accused [indictment, [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The chief judge presiding over the genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] against Saddam Hussein for the deaths of 180,000 Kurds during the so-called "Anfal" campaigns [HRW backgrounder] dropped all charges against the former dictator as the trial reconvened Monday, saying Hussein's death was "confirmed." The court's [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Ontario Court of Appeal [official website] has ruled [judgment, PDF] that a Canadian child can legally have three parents - two mothers and a father. The case before the court involved a lesbian couple, together since 1990, one of whom was the biological mother of the five-year-old child, [read more]

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