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Legal news from Wednesday, January 2, 2008

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Wednesday that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation [press release] into the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive]. The decision to launch a criminal probe follows the joint DOJ-CIA preliminary inquiry [JURIST report] conducted … [read more]

[JURIST] California filed a lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday challenging the agency's decision to deny the state's request for a waiver [rejection letter, PDF; JURIST report] that would have allowed it and 16 other states following its lead to impose stricter greenhouse … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday in a televised address that he was setting up a special commission to investigate widespread violence that broke out in the wake of last week's assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [JURIST report]. Looting, burning and general vandalism led to the deaths … [read more]

[JURIST] Jakarta lawyers for TIME magazine [media website] are ready to file their appeal of a defamation judgment [JURIST report] by the Supreme Court of Indonesia awarding $106 million in damages to former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile; JURIST news archive], a lawyer told the The Age Wednesday. … [read more]

[JURIST] The CIA obstructed the investigations of the 9/11 Commission [official website] by withholding videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive] even though commission leaders had lawfully and repeatedly asked for information that would clearly be contained in the tapes, commission chairman Thomas Kean and vice-chairman Lee … [read more]

[JURIST] New Hampshire became the fourth state in the United States to recognize same-sex civil unions Tuesday when its civil unions law [text] took effect. The law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions with the "same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as married couples." New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts [OYEZ profile] used his 2007 year-end report [PDF text] on the federal judiciary to urge Congress to increase the salaries of federal judges and to increase communication between all branches of government. In the report released Tuesday, Roberts repeated his call for … [read more]

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