Legal news from Saturday, March 31, 2007
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge in San Francisco has ruled that the US Forest Service [official website; JURIST news archive] violated environmental laws when it promulgated a 2005 regulation governing the management of national forests. On motions for summary judgment in combined lawsuits brought by environmental groups, US District Judge [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed [text] Saturday that the US, Kenya, and Ethiopia are cooperating with the transitional government of Somalia [official website] to secretly detain people who have fled the recent conflict there. HRW deputy Africa director Georgette Gagnon said: "Each of these governments has played a shameful [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI released a 464-page report [text, PDF] Friday containing details from the autopsy of Emmett Till [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Till was fourteen when he was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi in August 1955 and murdered, reportedly for having whistled at a white woman. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian ambassador has said his country could put 15 detained British military personnel on trial for violating international law, according to reports in state media Saturday. Iran detained [JURIST report] eight British Royal Navy sailors and seven Royal Marines [UK MOD statement] in waters along the disputed Iraq-Iran [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Justice Minister Hashim Abderrahman al-Shebli told AP Saturday that he had submitted his resignation to the Cabinet Thursday, citing internal "differences" within the coalition government. Al-Shebli did not specify the particular "differences" that led to his decision to resign, but the secular Iraqi National List [BBC backgrounder] and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US military commission [JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay recommended sentencing Australian detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] to seven years in prison late Friday but all but nine months of that were effectively suspended by a military judge under the terms of a plea agreement kept secret [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] passed a resolution on "Combating defamation of religions" by a vote of 24 to 14, with 9 abstentions Friday, expressing a "deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations... and the ethnic [read more]

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