Legal news from Thursday, October 4, 2007
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] Thursday ruled [judgment text; case materials] that police officers can be held liable for inadequate investigations, in a case that could have major repercussions for the way that Canadian police work is conducted. In a 6-3 decision, judges found that police owe [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Thursday urged medical professionals worldwide to refrain from participating in executions. In a new report [text; press release] examining the practice of execution by lethal injection [AI fact sheet], Amnesty said doctors and nurses break their ethical oaths by assisting in lethal injections and urged [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday voted 15-2 to send a federal shield bill [S 2035 materials], which would protect reporters from being compelled to disclose confidential sources, to the full Senate for consideration. The Bush administration and the US Department of Justice have continuously opposed the [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-three family members and former associates of the late former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] were indicted [PDF text, in Spanish] in Chile Thursday on corruption charges. The 23 suspects [list, in Spanish] include five of Pinochet's children, his widow, his longtime secretary, and three [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Nicholas Phillips [official profile; BBC profile], the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, urged Americans to respect human rights and embrace immigrants as a means of fighting international terrorism in an address to the International Law Section of the American Bar Association [profession websites] in London Wednesday. In [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Gladys Kessler of the DC District Court has ruled [opinion, PDF] that Haji Rohullah [Cooperative Research profile], an Afghan citizen detained by the US military at Bagram Air Base [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Afghanistan, is entitled to 30 days advance notice of any proposed transfer from that [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 389-30 [roll call] Thursday in favor of a bill to effectively end the "de facto immunity" [JURIST report] enjoyed by many private contractors working for the US in Iraq. While Defense Department [official website] contractors are already subject to US court jurisdiction through [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Fijian court Thursday began hearing the case brought by former Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile] against Fiji's current acting government over allegations that the December military coup [JURIST report] that ousted him was illegal. Central to the government's defense is the constitutional interpretation of the largely [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government will intentionally miss a 30-day deadline to execute former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], also known as "Chemical Ali," choosing instead to delay the execution until after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ends. The BBC reported Wednesday that Iraqi [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two secret legal opinions circulated within the US Department of Justice in 2005 endorsed "severe" interrogation techniques, including "head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures," the New York Times reported Thursday. The DOJ opinions, the first of which was released soon after Alberto Gonzales became US Attorney General in February [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for US Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] filed an emergency motion with the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Wednesday, requesting that his court-martial, scheduled to begin next Tuesday [press release], be stayed pending the outcome of his appeal. [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar police arrested dozens of people for questioning during nighttime raids late Wednesday night as the government continues its crackdown on dissidents. Also Wednesday, monks crowded into train stations after being ordered to leave their monasteries and return to their hometowns. Police arrested dozens of monks [JURIST report] last [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, said Thursday that the two countries will work on a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War to replace a cease-fire agreement [text] reached in 1953 which was never signed by the South Korea. [read more]

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