Legal news from Friday, July 20, 2007
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A top Republican legislator Friday called for an investigation [press release] into whether CIA agents leaked classified information to Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty [personal website] about secret prisons for detaining suspected terrorists. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) [official website], ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, requested the [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Friday abandoned a resolution on a UN-supervised independence plan for Kosovo [JURIST news archive] out of concern that Russia would veto the proposal. Previous proposals have been rejected [JURIST report] by Russia and Serbia, which oppose independence. Further negotiations will instead be held [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury sitting at Camp Pendleton, California, sentenced US Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas [advocacy website] Friday to a bad-conduct discharge [press release] and reduced his rank to private for his role in the 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Serbian state prosecutor Rade Terzic was arrested Friday for allegedly assisting members of a criminal gang connected with the murders of various Serbian officials escape prosecution while in Terzic was in office. Terzic is believed to have belonged to Belgrade's "Zemun clan," which acted as a hit squad [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian government Friday withdrew and then filed an updated $7 billion lawsuit [BBC backgrounder] against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer [corporate website], adding a new charge of fraud stemming from a drug experiment conducted in the 1990s that allegedly killed or disabled children. A Nigerian government lawyer told AP that [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Friday signed [press release] an executive order [text] prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment during the interrogation terror suspects detained by the CIA. The White House did not reveal what specific interrogation techniques were now disallowed, but the order prohibits "acts intended to denigrate the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] unanimously ruled Friday that federal appeals courts reviewing "enemy combatant" [JURIST news archive] designations of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees must review all evidence regarding that detainee [opinion, PDF]. The Bush administration argued that the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] said Friday that no charges would be filed [explanatory document] against associates of former Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive], some of whom had been arrested [JURIST report] during an investigation into whether political honors were exchanged for [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Friday that it will conduct a joint trial of Bosnian Serb cousins Milan Lukic and Sredoje Lukic [indictment; case backgrounder, PDF]. This revokes the planned referral [press release] of Sredoje's case to the War [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Ahmed Khadr [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive] filed a motion Thursday to suspend the proceedings of the Court of Military Commission Review [DOD materials], arguing that the appellate court's three military judges were illegally appointed. The motion alleges that Defense Secretary Robert Gates [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi [BBC profile] announced pardons Friday for 38 opposition members and journalists sentenced to prison for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations [JURIST report]. The pardons were issued after the government received letters of apology from the defendants. The opposition members, most of whom belong [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] heard oral arguments on the legal status of detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Friday, pursuant to a petition to renew precautionary measures [text] initially granted in March 2002. Representatives from the Center for Constitutional Rights and the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israel released 255 Palestinian prisoners [release list, XLS] Friday who belong to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement [BBC backgrounder] and other minor factions. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] said that the prisoners were not directly involved [press release] in the killing or wounding of Israelis, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A senior White House official said Thursday that the administration will not allow the Department of Justice to pursue any contempt of Congress charges [backgrounder; 2 USC Sec. 192] brought against White House officials in the congressional probe of the US Attorneys firing scandal [JURIST news archive]. The official [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) [official website] must pay retroactive benefits to Vietnam War veterans afflicted by chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) [NCI backgrounder], rejecting the VA's contention that it is not required to re-adjudicate [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nuon Chea [BBC profile], former deputy general of the Cambodian Communist Party and the most senior surviving member of the Khmer Rouge [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] regime, indicated Thursday that he expects to appear before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Thursday approved the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act [S 1780 text, PDF], which, if enacted, will give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broader authority to sanction television and radio broadcasters for a single word or image [press release] [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] ruled 10-3 Friday to reinstate suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] to the top court, holding that President Pervez Musharraf's March 9 suspension order [JURIST report] was illegal. The court dismissed all charges of misconduct [JURIST report] against [read more]

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