Legal news from Thursday, April 26, 2007
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two Canadian law professors and human rights activists have written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], asking it to investigate "possible war crimes" by top Canadian defence officials. Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia and William Schabas [university profiles], now at the National University of [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Utah-based anti-spam technology company filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Alexandria Thursday in an effort to identify the people behind so-called "spambots" [Wikipedia backgrounder], programs that search the Internet for e-mail addresses to sell to spammers. Unspam Technologies Inc. [corporate website] operates a spam harvester-tracking Web [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced the transfer of two more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees Thursday - one to Afghanistan and another to Morocco, reducing to approximately 380 the number of detainees remaining at Guantanamo. According to a DOD press release [text], these latest transfers are [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The White House admitted Thursday to holding about 20 briefings throughout 2006 and 2007 for federal agency employees to discuss the electability of Republican candidates, meetings similar to a January presentation that critics allege violated the Hatch Act [OSC materials]. The Hatch Act prohibits the use of government resources [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] said in a speech [text, in Russian; text, in English] to both houses of the Russian parliament Thursday that he was putting Russia's implementation of the terms of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty [text; backgrounder] on hold in the face of [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency [press release] Wednesday proposed a new rule [press release] for the calculation of power plant emissions subject to additional pollution controls, adopting a standard recently criticized by the Supreme Court in a ruling earlier this month. The new Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Forty top members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] went before a secret military court in Egypt [JURIST news archive] Thursday on charges of terrorism and money laundering. Defense lawyers announced that they would boycott the proceedings because they were not notified of the trial beforehand [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The New Hampshire Senate voted 14-10 Thursday in favor a bill allowing same-sex civil unions [HB 437 text], sending the legislation on to Gov. John Lynch for signature. The bill, passed [JURIST report] by the state House of Representatives earlier this month, would authorize same-sex couples to enter into [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] announced in a national address Wednesday that he was postponing until June 24 [press release] parliamentary elections originally scheduled for May 27 to avoid funding problems and allow more time for preparation ahead of a vote. The postponement came as Ukraine's [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday the he plans to submit legislation [press release] that would "establish a fundamental, statutory right to privacy for women in making personal reproductive decisions." Spitzer's proposed Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act would revise the state's abortion laws to allow late-term abortions [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Iowa House of Representatives [official website] voted 59-37 Wednesday to approve a bill [SF427 materials; JURIST report] that will provide equal opportunity protection to gays and lesbians in employment, housing, and education. The House approved the bill after adding an amendment stating that the state's current definition of [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A ban preventing former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [Wikipedia profile] from returning to the country and restrictions on Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile], another former prime minister and Hasina's former political rival, have been lifted, according to statements from the interim Bangladeshi government late Wednesday. There are, however, [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) proposed legislation [press release] Wednesday that "will allow schools and universities to share a student's mental health information with their parents or guardians if the student is found to be at risk of suicide, or of committing homicide or physical assault." Announced in the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees urged US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday to suspend the Court's order denying certiorari [application, PDF] and allow detainees 120 days to petition the court for a rehearing [application, PDF] in two cases challenging provisions of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) [PDF [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Thursday that the former commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment responsible for the detention facility at Camp Cropper near Baghdad has been charged [Central Command press release] with multiple offences under the Uniform Code of Military Justice [text], including aiding the enemy, unauthorized possession [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers visiting Afghan detainee Haji Bismullah [Wikipedia profile] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] should be subject to tightened restrictions [proposed protective order, PDF], including limited access to their client and evidence, the US Justice Department has urged in court papers [motion, PDF; brief, PDF] filed with the US [read more]

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