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Legal news from Tuesday, October 2, 2007

[JURIST] Legal advisers to the 27 countries belonging to the European Union (EU) [official website] agreed Tuesday that the proposed EU Reform Treaty [PDF text; EU materials] is ready for approval. The new treaty, which will replace the failed EU constitution [JURIST news archive], will be the topic of discussion … [read more]

[JURIST] Canadian Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson [official profile] Tuesday said [speech text; press release] that he intends to introduce legislation to criminalize identity theft and assist law enforcement officials in apprehending criminals before they can use stolen identities to commit fraud. Currently, Canada's Criminal Code [text, in English] criminalizes … [read more]

[JURIST] Founder and chief executive of Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Erik Prince testified in a hearing [recorded video] Tuesday before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] that employees of his security firm have "distinguished records" and have never intentionally killed civilians. His testimony … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan agreed Tuesday to drop pending corruption charges [JURIST report] against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile], permitting Bhutto to enter the country for talks between her Pakistani People's Party [party website] and President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Musharraf is seeking Bhutto's endorsement as he … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel [JURIST news archive] released 29 Palestinian detainees and returned them to Gaza Tuesday, adding to Monday's return [JURIST report] of 57 prisoners to the West Bank for a total of 86 prisoners released this week. The releases are meant as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Kimbrough v. United States [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-6330, in which the Court considered whether a district judge, in seeking to impose a sentence that is "sufficient but not greater than … [read more]

[JURIST] The South African Constitutional Court [official website] Tuesday dismissed [press release] the final appeal of businessman Schabir Shaik, a former business associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC party profile], who was seeking to have his 2005 conviction for fraud and corruption [JURIST report] overturned. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Jack Landman Goldsmith [faculty profile], former head of the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel [official website] and now a Harvard Law School professor, testified [hearing notice] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Tuesday that he "could not find the legal support for" portions of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Director of Administration of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive], the court established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, agreed late Monday to make public the text of a controversial audit [PDF text] of the ECCC's human resources practices. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; personal website] said Monday that he plans to disband the Ecuadorean congress and rewrite the country's constitution [text, in Spanish]. Correa's statement comes only a day after unofficial results in the Constitutional Assembly elections indicated a landslide victory [JURIST report] for … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly [official profile] of the US District for the District of Columbia ruled [PDF text; National Security Archives press release] Monday that the National Archives cannot rely on an executive order by President George W. Bush that permits former presidents and vice-presidents to delay the release of … [read more]

[JURIST] Former US Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Ivan "Chip" Frederick [BBC profile] was released on parole Monday from a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was incarcerated for three years after pleading guilty [JURIST report] to abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib detention facility in Iraq [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers representing the opposition Pakistani Peoples Party [party website] filed new petitions at the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Tuesday challenging President Pervez Musharraf's bid to run for another term in office. The opposition members argue that the Election Commission of Pakistan [official website] should not have formally … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California extended a temporary restraining order [JURIST report] Monday blocking the implementation of a new US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations [PDF text] intended to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain US employment. The … [read more]

[JURIST] UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari met with opposition leader and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [JURIST news archive] and with top Myanmar military leader Senior General Than Shwe [BBC profile] during separate meetings Tuesday to discuss the rising political crisis in Myanmar, according to reports from … [read more]

[JURIST] London's Metropolitan Police Service [official website] mistakenly killed Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes '[advocacy website; BBC profile] because of a flawed plan to carry out an anti-terrorism operation after the July 21 London transit bombing attempts [JURIST report] in 2005, prosecutor Clare Montgomery argued during opening statements Monday in … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] asked the US Court of Military Commission Review [DOD materials] Monday to reconsider last month's decision [PDF text; JURIST report] reinstating charges against Khadr. In June, military judge Col. Peter Brownback dropped terrorism charges [order, PDF; JURIST report] against … [read more]

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