Legal news from Monday, April 2, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart [official profile] concluded an investigation [press release; official report] Monday into the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [official website], finding that the European financial cooperative did not violate Canadian privacy laws [fact sheet] by post-September 11 information-sharing with the US Department of [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson [official website] signed into law the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act [Senate Bill 523 text and history] Monday, legalizing medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] in the treatment of certain "eligible conditions and symptoms." Eligible conditions include chronic or debilitating diseases such as cancer, AIDS, [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday granted former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] vice president Christopher Calger's request to withdraw his July 2005 guilty plea [US DOJ press release] to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The case against Calger was based on the same legal theory [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A military court in Jordan [JURIST news archive] handed down sentences Monday for six men charged with planning suicide bombings at Queen Alia International Airport [airport website] in Amman and several hotels frequented by Israelis and Americans. None of the defendants are Jordanian citizens and three were tried in [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Judge Renato La Viola ordered an investigation into the actions of Dr. Mario Riccio, the anaesthetist turned off life support for Piergiorgio Welby [advocacy website profile, in Italian], a man who suffered from muscular dystrophy and sought the right to die by euthanasia, according to statements Riccio made [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The president of Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive] said Monday that the government will begin steps to amend the Kyrgyz constitution. At a meeting with government officials, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] announced the formation of a working group for amendment drafting, and indicated that members of different political parties [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court upheld a city ban on gay pride parades [JURIST report] in the city on Monday, dismissing an extraordinary appeal by parade organizers challenging a ruling by the Tverskoy district court. Organizers say they are prepared to appeal to the Russian Supreme Court [official website, in [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Monday upheld [ICTY press release] the 20-year prison sentence of former Bosnian Croat soldier Miroslav Bralo [ICTY case backgrounder], dismissing Bralo's appeal alleging the trial chamber failed to consider relevant facts. In its decision [text, [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Durban High Court in South Africa [JURIST news archive] ruled [NPA press release] Monday that the country's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] can seek the release of documents that may be used to file additional corruption charges against former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile; [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A divided US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday denied petitions for certiorari [PDF text] in two cases brought by Guantanamo Bay detainees seeking habeas corpus review of their detentions. The petitions for certiorari came in the cases of Boumedienne v. Bush and al Odah v. United [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors Monday sought to introduce documents from the ongoing genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] of Saddam-era Iraqi officials for the gassing deaths of Kurds in the so-called "Anfal" campaign [HRW backgrounder] to oppose an appeal [JURIST report] by a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority under the Clean Air Act [text; EPA materials] to regulate the emission of "greenhouse gases," such as carbon dioxide, by automobiles. In Massachusetts v. EPA [Duke Law case backgrounder; [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi prosecutors Monday sought the death penalty for Ali Hassan al-Majid [JURIST news archive; BBC profile], the cousin of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] known to Western media as "Chemical Ali" for allegedly using poisonous gas to clear Kurdish villages in the 1980s. Al-Majid is facing charges in a [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has submitted an application to be transferred to a prison near his home in South Australia to serve the remainder of his nine-month sentence [JURIST report] after pleading guilty [JURIST report] to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani [official website] Sunday rejected a proposed law [JURIST report] which would return former Baath party [BBC backgrounder] members to their previously held government positions, according to Ahmed Chalabi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], head of the Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification [official [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] Sunday rejected attempts by the Bush administration to move up the date that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] is scheduled to testify regarding his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. White House [read more]

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