Legal news from Wednesday, August 29, 2007
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the North Carolina Medical Board [official website] argued in court Wednesday that a lawsuit filed [JURIST report] against them earlier this year by the North Carolina State Department of Corrections [official website] was filed prematurely and should be dismissed. The lawsuit alleges that recent medical board policy [read more]

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[JURIST] A widespread strike [BBC report] by UK prison guards Wednesday ended the same day after the Prison Officers' Association (POA) [union website] agreed to negotiate new pay terms with the government this coming Friday. The surprise strike, which began with a full walkout of staff members early on Wednesday [read more]

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[JURIST] Several lawyers' groups and legislators Wednesday filed a challenge against the Human Security Act 2007 [PDF text; press release] with the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The act, signed [JURIST report] in March by President Gloria Arroyo, authorizes the 72-hour detention of suspects without charge and allows for surveillance, [read more]

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[JURIST] Russian prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a Russian officer accused of fatally beating a conscript. Cpl. Vadim Kalinin was charged with inflicting "deliberate bodily harm resulting in death" on Russian conscript Pvt. Sergei Sinkonen after Sinkonen's death [AP report] Monday from injuries. Prosecutors allege that Kalinin and Capt. Viktor [read more]

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[JURIST] Hezbollah [party website, in Arabic; CFR backgrounder] is organizing lawsuits against Israel seeking reparations for damage caused during the summer 2006 Lebanon conflict [JURIST news archive]. Hezbollah legal affairs director Ibrahim Awada told Syrian media last week that Hezbollah will pay legal fees to facilitate lawsuits filed by Lebanese [read more]

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[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband [official profile] Tuesday rejected calls for a general referendum on the proposed EU Reform Treaty [PDF text; EU materials], instead insisting [transcript] that the treaty is "different...in absolute essence" from the earlier draft European Constitution [JURIST news archive] [read more]

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[JURIST] Sudan [JURIST news archive] has failed to cooperate with the arrests of two suspects [ICC materials] wanted for allegedly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official website] said Tuesday. Moreno-Ocampo told the UN News Centre that Sudan's decision to allow one [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Khek Iev [TrialWatch profile], also known as Duch, has appealed his pre-trial detention, Duch's lawyers said Wednesday. Lawyers filed the appeal last week asking that Duch be released on bail, but have declined to comment further on the filing. Duch has admitted to [read more]

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[JURIST] US Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive] was reprimanded Wednesday following his conviction [JURIST report] earlier this week for disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation into allegations of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. The military jury followed the prosecution's [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile put the question of whether to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] on hold Tuesday as the court could not come to an agreement on further action in the case. Supreme Court President Alberto Chaigneau said that the case [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday upheld the life sentence [press release, in Spanish] for former National Intelligence Centre (CNI) director General Hugo Salas Wenzel for his involvement in the murder of 12 suspected opposition members in 1987. The sentence is the most serious handed down by a [read more]

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[JURIST] The White House has compiled a list of the top five candidates to replace US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] as head of the Department of Justice, an anonymous White House official told AP Tuesday. According to the official, the Bush administration has spoken with [read more]

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[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] on Tuesday overturned [judgment, PDF] the 1959 guilty verdict against Steven Truscott for the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper. Last year, the Canadian appeals court heard new evidence suggesting that the death very likely may have occurred much later [read more]

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