Legal news from Saturday, October 20, 2007
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Saturday lifted a curfew in the capital Yangon and ended a ban on assembly imposed during the junta's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The decision is the latest sign that Myanmar military leaders are confident they have quashed the largest pro-democracy [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Benjamin Settle Friday extended until November 9 a stay of court-martial proceedings against US Army Iraq war objector 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [JURIST news archive]. Settle had temporarily blocked the court-martial, the second filed for the same charges, to consider whether the proceedings would violate Watada's [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive; OYEZ profile] on Friday became the latest high court member to publicly criticize the possibility of televising the court's proceedings. Speaking at the University of Virginia, Alito joked that televising the proceedings would be a mistake since it would directly [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sergeant 1st Class Trey A. Corrales, charged [JURIST report; press release] in July with the premeditated murder of an unarmed Iraqi civilian, waived his right to an Article 32 [JAG backgrounder] pretrial hearing Saturday. The decision came following the Friday Article 32 hearing of Corrales co-defendant Specialist [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan human rights activists and church leaders Friday criticized new constitutional reforms [JURIST report] proposed by President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that they say would suspend legal due process and centralize power in an authoritarian presidency. The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] is currently [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge Friday dismissed a breach of privacy lawsuit against the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [organization website]. The Belgium-based international banking cooperative disclosed personal information [JURIST report] about its customers to third parties, including the CIA and US Treasury Department. Ian Walker and Stephen [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that an Egyptian student wrongly detained in the wake of the 9/11 attacks may sue the FBI agent who interrogated him. Abdallah Higazy appealed a ruling [PDF text] by the US District Court for the Southern [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Col. Morris D. Davis [official profile, PDF], told the New York Times Friday that he was pressured to use classified evidence against defendants in closed war crimes trials for detainees. In the interview, Davis said the push to [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush imposed new sanctions on 12 Myanmar businesses and individuals in an executive order [text; fact sheet] issued Friday. Included in the order freezing US-held assets and blocking certain property transactions were designations by the Treasury department of an additional 11 leaders of the Myanmar [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two US Marines were ordered Friday to face court-martial hearings for their actions in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi citizens in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005. Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani [JURIST news archive] is charged with dereliction of duty and violation of [read more]

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