Legal news from Friday, October 5, 2007
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Friday overturned his previous ruling [CCR press release] dismissing 16 lawsuits challenging the indefinite detention of about 40 terror suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report], in the process avoiding new limitations on lawyers' access to their clients at the US military prison. US District Court [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN special envoy to Myanmar noted what he characterized as continuing and disturbing reports of abuses being committed by security and non-uninformed elements at a meeting of the UN Security Council Friday as Myanmar officials continued the hunt for the ringleaders in recent anti-government protests. Ibrahim Gambari [UN [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Medical Association (CMA) [profession website] agreed at a meeting of the World Medical Association [profession website] in Copenhagen Friday to end the harvesting of organs from prisoners, except for transplant into close relatives. In a letter to the World Medical Association, the CMA promised to increase oversight [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The top military prosecutor for the Guantanamo war crimes trials has resigned his post, according to a US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] spokesman Friday. Air Force Col. Moe Davis [official profile, PDF] requested a transfer from Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] after complaining that an officer who served [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Friday defended [remarks] his administration's interrogation policy, saying that the "government does not torture people" and that it "stick[s] to US law and our international obligations." Bush was responding to Congressional demands for two 2005 Department of Justice opinion letters [JURIST reports] that reportedly [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish police arrested over 20 senior members of the Batasuna party [BBC profile] Thursday on orders from anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon. The reasons for their arrests have not been released, but many believe the arrests were politically motivated. The Batasuna party is alleged to be a front for the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi judge Rahdi Hamza al-Radhi, the former head of Iraq's Commission for Public Integrity (CPI) [US State Dept. backgrounder], has accused [statement, PDF] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government of protecting corrupt employees and of actively attempting to "eradicate or control the Commission." During a US House Committee on [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] ruled Friday that a controversial presidential election slated for October 6 in the National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] and provincial assemblies may proceed, but barred the Election Commission of Pakistan [official website] from officially declaring a winner until the high court [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Department of Education and Skills [official website] issued updated school uniform guidelines [backgrounder] Thursday that allow school heads to ban Muslim veils [JURIST news archive] but stopped short of imposing a government ban on religious dress that covers students' faces. A draft version of the guidelines [JURIST [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] signed a "reconciliation ordinance" Friday, granting amnesty to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] on corruption charges. The agreement reached between the two political rivals [BBC backgrounder] clears the way Bhutto to return to Pakistan from self-exile in [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Senate confirmation hearings for US Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey [WH factsheet; PBWT profile] could begin as early as October 17, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] said Thursday. Leahy on Tuesday listed what he described as topics of "concern" to be addressed in the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The investigating officer who headed the Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] for US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website] has recommended that Wuterich not face unpremeditated murder charges but instead be tried for negligent homicide, defense lawyers said Thursday. Wuterich, the former squad leader implicated in the killing [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury awarded six recording companies $222,000 Thursday in Virgin v. Thomas [case materials], the first music file-sharing lawsuit to go to trial, ordering Jammie Thomas to pay for sharing 24 copyrighted songs on the Internet. The recording companies, including Sony BMG, Arista Records, Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Democrats on Capitol Hill on Thursday demanded that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] hand over two 2005 legal opinions that reportedly endorse severe interrogation techniques [JURIST report]. Earlier Thursday, the New York Times first reported that the DOJ circulated internal memos, the first of which [read more]

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