Legal news from Wednesday, December 19, 2007
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against private security contractor Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] on behalf of an Iraqi man killed during a September [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Wednesday rejected [press release] California's request for a waiver that would have allowed it and 16 other states following its lead to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and light trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson told reporters that [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Fair elections in Pakistan are impossible as long as the judiciary remains beholden to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] and scores of lawyers, activists and government critics remain in detention, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text] released [press release] Wednesday. [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Three UK residents [JURIST news archive] released Wednesday from Guantanamo Bay were detained by UK authorities when they arrived in the UK later in the day. Libyan Omar Deghayes and Algerian Abdennour Sameur were arrested and Jordanian Jamil el Banna was detained under the UK Terrorism Act [text]. Deghayes [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A French court Wednesday sentenced five Frenchmen released from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to one year in prison for "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise" after a retrial. A sixth defendant was acquitted. The men were charged with allegedly attending combat training at [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish anti-terrorism court Wednesday convicted 47 Basque separatists of either leading, being a member of, or collaborating with a "terrorist organization," and sentenced each to between 2 and 20 years in prison. The 47 were members of various groups pushing for Basque independence, but prosecutors argued that all [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official site] ruled Tuesday that former Pfc. Steven D. Green [JURIST news archive] will stand trial on April 13, 2009, for his role in the March 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year old Iraqi girl [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal of three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder], an Indonesian prosecutor said Wednesday. The court's decision has not yet been formally released, but prosecutor Made Sudarmaja said Wednesday that his office [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Argentina on Tuesday convicted eight formal officials for human rights abuses committed during the 1976-83 Dirty War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The seven former army officers and a former police official were tried in connection with the kidnapping, torture and disappearances of a group of leftist guerrillas. Three [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Stephan Mickle of the Northern District of Florida [official website] granted a preliminary injunction [PDF text] Tuesday blocking the implementation of a new Florida voting law intended to prevent election fraud in the state. The law would prevent a person from registering to vote if [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli government has failed to investigate and indict members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] for acts of violence committed against Palestinian civilians, according to a report [PDF text] issued Tuesday by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din [advocacy website]. According to the report, thousands of [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US military contractor CACI International [corporate website] is allegedly responsible for the torture of more than 250 former detainees held in Iraqi prisons, according to the amended complaint [complaint, PDF] filed Tuesday in a class action lawsuit [CCR materials] pending in US federal court. According to a press release [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The number of executions in the US in 2007 reached the lowest level in 13 years, according to the 2007 year-end report [PDF text; press release] issued by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) [advocacy website] on Tuesday. DPIC reported that there were 42 executions carried out in 2007, [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] At least four White House lawyers participated in discussions about whether the CIA should destroy videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], the New York Times reported Wednesday. It had previously been reported that Harriet Miers, who became White House counsel in 2005, had participated in [read more]

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