Legal news from Friday, June 22, 2007
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) [DOD materials] at Guantanamo Bay were pressured to declare detainees "enemy combatants" based on vague or incomplete evidence, according to a Friday affidavit [PDF text] filed with a DC appeals court by a US army officer involved in the tribunals. The statement by [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official website; Guardian profile] announced Friday that he will resign his post effective next week. Goldsmith, who leaves just as Tony Blair [official profile] steps down after 10 years as Prime Minister, said that he has wanted to move on for some time. Incoming [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] European leaders continued to grapple Friday with disagreements over a proposed EU constitution treaty [JURIST news archive] on the second day of the summit meeting [EU Council press release] in Brussels. Britain threatened to veto a watered-down version of the treaty unless it incorporated four non-negotiable issues [JURIST report] [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A terror suspect believed to be associated with senior al Qaeda leaders and related terrorist groups in Afghanistan was transferred [press release] to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Friday. The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] says that Haroon al-Afghani has admitted to serving as a courier for [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House Friday denied a Thursday AP report [JURIST report] that officials are nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison, saying that, although there is a general desire to eventually close the facility, "nothing is imminent" [press briefing]. White House deputy press [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Negotiations to establish an international broadcasting treaty at the Second Special Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) [materials] failed Friday, as US and European delegations were unable to overcome fundamental differences concerning the extent anti-piracy protections should protect the retransmission of content. European delegations [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) [official website] judgment [PDF text] convicting former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and other co-defendants of crimes against humanity [JURIST report] committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail [JURIST news archive; BBC verdict summary] was plagued by serious factual and legal errors, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Two Chinese labor officials were arrested Friday after allegations broke that they failed to report the enslavement of hundreds of people, which included not only adults, but also children and the mentally retarded. A total of 359 people, with at least 12 children, were forced to work up to [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande [official profile] announced Friday the arrest of Rwandan genocide suspect Isaac Kamali [fugitive list profile] by US authorities at the Philadelphia International Airport while Kamali was attempting to enter the United States earlier this week. Murigande hopes that Kamali, a former senior official with [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] told the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) [association website] Thursday that to keep guns away from the mentally ill, all states must upgrade their reporting [speech text] to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) [FBI backgrounder]. In giving his [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile] Thursday denied [transcript] playing a key role in the controversial firings of at least eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee [official website]. McNulty disputed the testimony [JURIST report] of former US Department of [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] asked a federal district judge Thursday to block New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Missouri, and Connecticut from investigating potential violations of state consumer privacy laws in the controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], arguing that the state secrets privilege doctrine [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney has exempted his office [press release] from Executive Order 12958 [PDF text] as amended by Executive Order 13292 [text], which requires executive branch officials to submit annual reports to the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) [official website] to ensure that classified information is properly [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Portuguese government officially published a new abortion law [JURIST report] Thursday, formally adopting the law and paving the way for it to enter effect on July 15. The law allows abortions [JURIST news archive] during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy free of charge at a public hospital, [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House is considering the closure of detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and the transfer of the estimated 385 detainees currently held there to other military detention facilities, AP reported Thursday. Three senior Bush administration officials told AP they believe a consensus has been building [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court began judicial proceedings against former Pharmaceutical Registration Department director Cao Wenzhuan Thursday as a part of China's crackdown on corruption at the State Food and Drug Administration [official website, in Chinese], where high-ranking officials allegedly received bribes in exchange for the certification [read more]

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