Legal news from Thursday, January 17, 2008
18:01 EDT

[JURIST] White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto Thursday dismissed allegations that millions of electronic messages prior to October 2003 had been deleted, saying the White House had found no evidence that any electronic data had been lost. Fratto told [press briefing] reporters that:We have absolutely no reason to believe [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former CIA Director Porter Goss [BBC profile] never objected to plans by former head of the clandestine branch of the CIA Jose Rodriguez to destroy destruction of videotapes showing CIA interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], Rodriguez's lawyer said Thursday. This contradicts reported Wednesday closed session testimony [JURIST [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's highest court of appeal said Thursday that 25 appeals have been filed against verdicts handed down against convicted participants in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive], both from defendants and from victims, and that it expects to receive more appeals within the next few days. In [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] An internal document circulated to diplomats in the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade [official website] lists the US as a country that employs interrogation methods that amount to torture and where prisoners risk being tortured, according to media reports Thursday. The document, originally provided to Amnesty [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutions under a new Arizona law aimed at preventing employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive] will not begin until after March 1, according to an agreement reached in federal court Wednesday. The delay will allow US District Court Judge Neil V. Wake time to evaluate the [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Ministry of Justice [official website, in German] Wednesday circulated a new draft [press release, in German] of a law aimed at maintaining state control over auto maker Volkswagen AG [corporate website]. The European Court of Justice ruled [JURIST report] in October 2007 that a previous version [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Peru filed an application [press release] with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Wednesday over its ongoing maritime boundary dispute with Chile. Peru has been threatening to bring the case before the ICJ since the court resolved a similar dispute [JURIST reports] between Nicaragua and Honduras in [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Niger authorities charged two French journalists [AFP report] with threatening state security Wednesday, alleging that the journalists attempted to report on rebel groups in the country's volatile north region. The West African country has been in a state of disarray since the rebirth of an ethnic Tuareg rebellion [BBC [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [IHT backgrounder] on Wednesday called for the government of Turkey to lift a ban on women wearing headscarves [JURIST report] in universities and public offices, urging the government not to wait for a proposed constitutional amendment to pass, according to a report [in [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] John Rizzo, the acting general counsel of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website], said Wednesday that the former head of the clandestine branch of the CIA Jose Rodriguez ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive] against the direction of superiors, [read more]

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