Legal news from Wednesday, January 9, 2008
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Palestinian doctor detained in Libya [JURIST news archive] for eight years after being accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus filed a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) [official website] against Libya Wednesday, alleging he was tortured during his detention. Decisions by [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK prosecutors Wednesday dropped charges against Dennis Pasquill, a civil servant in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office [official website] who was accused of leaking secret documents about CIA rendition flights [JURIST news archive] to the New Statesman and the Observer [media websites] newspapers in violation of the Official [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. Wednesday refused to order an inquiry [ruling, PDF] into the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive]. In denying the motion [JURIST report] brought by lawyers for a number of Guantanamo Bay detainees, Kennedy concluded [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for two UK residents formerly held by the US at the Guantanamo Bay prison [JURIST news archive] argued in a British court Wednesday that they should not be extradited to Spain to face terror charges. Jamil el-Banna and Omar Deghayes face transfer to that country after crusading [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] An aid worker was charged in a French court Wednesday with conspiring to allow illegal residents into the country in connection with an aborted airlift of 103 supposed Darfur [JURIST news archive] orphans from Chad to France last year. The indictment comes just two weeks after Alain Peligat and [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Public Interest Declassification Board [NARA backgrounder] Wednesday pressed President George W. Bush for improvements to the existing US records declassification scheme in an era of increased government secrecy [JURIST news archive]. In a new report [PDF text], the group recommended establishing a National Declassification Program under the National [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani security forces have unfairly targeted members of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website], the party of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], in an effort to prevent them from participating next month in the country's postponed elections [JURIST report], PPP officials said [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge at Camp Pendleton [official website] Wednesday set a trial date of February 25 for the court-martial of US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website] who faces charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice in connection to the [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] Wednesday dropped its antitrust case [press release] against Apple's iTunes [JURIST news archive] after Apple announced it would equalize prices for music downloads from iTunes in Europe. A UK consumer protection organization had filed a formal complaint with the Commission, which launched an investigation [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Paul Huck denied a request Wednesday by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to block his extradition to France. The latest ruling follows the decision by US District Court Judge William Hoeveler in September 2007 to reject [ruling, PDF; JURIST report] [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments Wednesday in the consolidated cases of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board [LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-21, and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita [docket], where the Court considered the constitutionality of Indiana's controversial voter identification statute [Indiana [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese prosecutors filed an appeal Wednesday to a decision by the Taiwan High Court [official website] last month upholding the acquittal [JURIST report] of former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou [personal website, in Chinese] on graft charges. Prosecutors hope that the Taiwan Supreme Court will clarify the legality of the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas [official website] has ruled that journalists and the public do not have the right to view every part of the execution process under the First Amendment. Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled Monday that, unlike court [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Hong Kong court ruled Tuesday that the Chinese special administrative region's Telecommunications Ordinance [text] was unconstitutional because it violates the freedom of expression guaranteed by Hong Kong's Basic Law and Bill of Rights [texts] by giving the government too much authority in deciding who will receive broadcasting licenses. [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army said Tuesday that Army Sgt. 1st Class Trey A. Corrales [advocacy website] will be court-martialed on charges of premeditated murder for his alleged role in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Corrales was charged [press release; JURIST [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department has withdrawn its appeal [PDF text; Earthjustice press release] of a federal judge's decision to invalidate a 2005 regulation governing the management of national forests, advocacy groups said Tuesday. The appeal was filed in a lawsuit brought by environmental advocacy groups alleging that the Department [read more]

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