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20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The interim government of Thailand [JURIST news archive] has proposed an internal security bill that would allow the military to remain a political force even after the election of a civilian-run government, according to critics Tuesday. The proposal would transform the army chief into the head of Internal Security [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Thailand [JURIST news archive] announced Tuesday it was abandoning a law that allowed the cabinet to censor political or controversial Internet sites based solely on the Minister of Communication's discretion. Now Internet websites can now only be censored by court order. The country's ban on popular [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] International participants promised more than $360 million in aid to help build up Afghanistan's ailing judicial system at a conference of UN members and Afghan leaders that concluded in Rome Tuesday. Despite the pledge, judiciary problems were overshadowed by concerns over civilian casualties caused by NATO troops in the [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors disclosed Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty [Notice of Intent, PDF] if a conviction is secured against former US soldier Steven D. Green [JURIST news archive], the alleged key player in the Mahmudiya rape-murder case [JURIST news archive]. Green is believed to have masterminded the [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush said Tuesday afternoon that, although he believed the jury verdict in the perjury case against former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] should stand, it was conceivable that he could pardon Libby in the future [transcript]. White House Press Secretary [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The mother of Joseph Lewis Clark, a convicted murderer whose 2006 execution took approximately 90 minutes [CantonRep report], Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against Director Terry Collins [official profile] of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction [official website] and a dozen members of the execution team, arguing that [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive] marked the fifth anniversary of its establishment Monday. Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] noted that in that time the court has substantially raised local awareness of the right to be protected from war crimes. In an interview with the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of Bosnian Serb war crimes indictee Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] Tuesday, after Tolimir refused to enter a plea for the second time since his [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta [BBC profile] has said that he will ask the Court of Appeal to issue an advisory opinion on whether an amnesty law [AAP report] passed by East Timor's National Parliament last month is consistent with East Timor's constitution and international law, saying Monday [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Lewis Kaplan [official profile] indicated Monday that he may reconsider a 2006 ruling in which he threatened to dismiss all charges in an ongoing criminal tax shelters case [JURIST report] against former employees of the accounting firm KPMG [corporate] because federal prosecutors violated constitutional rights of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Matt Blunt [official website] Monday announced the signing of a bill [HB 820 text] intended to protect the identities of individuals [press release] who provide direct support for the administration of the death penalty, formally prohibiting the disclosure of executioners' identities and creating a civil cause of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kurdish security forces "routinely torture and deny basic due process to detainees" [press release] in northern Iraq, according to a report [PDF text] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found that the Asayish security forces, which are maintained separately by the Kurdistan Democratic Party [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] formally suspended the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; SCSL case materials] Monday, ordering [PDF text] the prosecution to resume its case on August 20. Taylor attended [Reuters report] Tuesday's court session, marking the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit [JURIST report] brought by the New York Times against the US Defense and Justice Departments, ruling that the departments were not required to disclose classified records on the government's warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST report] sought by the newspaper under the Freedom of [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano signed [press release, PDF] the Legal Arizona Workers Act [AZ HB 2779 materials] Monday, legislation that requires employers to verify that employees are in the United States legally. In what Napolitano called "the most aggressive action in the country against employers who knowingly or intentionally [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet has approved a revised draft oil law [JURIST news archive] and the Iraqi Parliament will begin debating the proposal Wednesday, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday. Several amendments to the draft law were made after an earlier version of the law was opposed [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] has questioned President Bush's classification of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice as "excessive" [statement], saying Monday that Libby's sentence "was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country." Bush's [read more]

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