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Legal news from Thursday, June 7, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday voted 11-8 in support of a measure that would return habeas corpus rights to terror suspects imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 [S 185 text, PDF], sponsored by Sen. Patrick [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and new French President Nicolas Sarkozy [JURIST news archives] agreed at the G8 summit [official website] in Germany Thursday that the controversial European constitution [text] should be reconstituted into a "simplified treaty" whose ratification would not require the support of the voters of individual [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official website] Thursday renewed [ICC press release; UN press release] his call [JURIST report] for the arrests of two top suspects accused of committing war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan [JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Ocampo briefed UN Security [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former US vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] asked a federal judge Thursday to delay Libby's prison sentence because they felt they have a good chance of winning an appeal of his conviction. Libby was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] proposed a number of changes [PDF text; press release] to UK anti-terror laws in a statement to the House of Commons Thursday, calling for longer pre-charge detention of terror suspects, "enhanced" sentences, allowing electronic intercepts as evidence, and institution of "stop and [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's chief prosecutor Thursday urged that former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] be extradited to Peru to face charges of corruption and human rights abuses, some arising from the 1992 Cantuta University massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder] in which nine students and a university professor were "disappeared" [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Thursday passed the Stem Cell Enhancement Act of 2007 [S.5 materials] 247-176 [roll call], sending it to a recalcitrant President George W. Bush for signature barely two months after its Senate passage [JURIST report]. If signed into law, the bill would amend the Public [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] Wednesday ruled [opinion, in German] that a February 2005 referendum approving the construction of a bridge across the Dresden Elbe Valley [UNESCO backgrounder], a UNESCO World Heritage Site [official website], takes precedence over the objections of the city council [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Swiss court Thursday cleared nineteen former executives and consultants of the now-defunct Swissair Group [Wikipedia backgrounder] of all charges Thursday in connection with their role in the collapse of the national airline that was once nicknamed the "flying bank" for its financial stability. Presiding judge Andreas Fischer ruled [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Hate crimes [JURIST news archive] are on the rise throughout Europe [report text; press release], rights watchdog Human Rights First [advocacy website] reported Thursday in a study examining recent hate crimes in France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Hate crimes against Muslims in London rose by approximately [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canada is stalling the discussion and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [text], according to a Thursday statement by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The declaration was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council [official website] by a vote of 30-2 [press release] with [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dr. Julie Gerberding [official profile], Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) [official websites], testified [recorded video] before the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies [official [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian jury acquitted all five defendants accused of murdering banker Roberto Calvi [BBC profile] Wednesday after almost two days of deliberation. Italian prosecutors have not yet decided whether to appeal the acquittal. Calvi, who was found hung under London's Blackfriars Bridge in June 1982, was known as "God's [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Major General Nadeem Ijaz, the director general of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (MI) and a close relative of President General Pervez Musharraf, filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday alleging that suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] wanted Musharraf to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that victims of forced abortions are "statutorily entitled" to prevent their removal from the United States by requesting asylum under Sec. 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [text]. The court reversed an immigration judge's finding [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] At least 39 "ghost detainees" [press release, PDF] have been held by the US CIA in secret detention facilities, according to a report [PDF text; executive summary, PDF] jointly published Thursday by six leading human rights groups, including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Center for Human [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 49-48 [roll call] Wednesday evening to approve an amendment [S Amdt 1316] to the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 [S 1348 summary; JURIST report], restricting the Y-1 temporary guest worker visa program to five years. An earlier attempt [S Amdt 1181 materials] to [read more]

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