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Legal news from Saturday, January 20, 2007
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Australian MPs concerned about new US military commission rules [manual, PDF; JURIST report] plan to write to US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next week to ask them to ensure Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] gets a fair [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi cabinet-level committee proposed a draft law Friday that would allow the national government in Iraq [JURIST news archive] to control oil revenues. Negotiations concerning the draft law have been a source of tension [JURIST report] in Iraq for months as most Kurds and many Shiites want to [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets of Lima Friday, marching and waving pictures of lost loved ones in support of a proposal to legalize the death penalty for members of the Shining Path [BBC bakgrounder] rebel group. In response to a vote last week by the Peruvian Congress [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan criminal appeal court Friday acquitted five former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees of terrorism charges related to the men's connection with Salafia Jihadia [MIPT backgrounder] and unrelated to their detention at Guantanamo Bay, where three of the men spent up to 4 1/2 years in US [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico extradited drug kingpins Osiel Cardenas [DEA backgrounder] and Hector "El Guero" Palma and thirteen other major traffickers to the United States Friday as part of an effort by new Mexican president Felipe Calderon [official website] to follow through on a promise made by former President Vincente Fox [BBC [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett [official profile] admitted Friday in a written response to a parliamentary question that Britain was "aware of the existence of a secret US detention program" prior to a September speech [JURIST report] by President Bush acknowledging the existence of CIA-operated secret prisons [JURIST news [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday declined to consider whether the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University can delay implementing Proposal 2 [text; JURIST news archive], an amendment to the Michigan Constitution [text, PDF] banning affirmative action [JURIST archive] in public [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday granted certiorari in five cases [order list, PDF] and ordered all briefings on a challenge to the limits on pre-election advertisements introduced as part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) [JURIST news archive; Campaign Legal Center backgrounder], upheld [read more]

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