Legal news from Friday, February 29, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official website] said in a Friday letter to Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] that he will not order a grand jury investigation to determine if misdemeanor contempt of Congress charges [HR 979 materials] should be laid against former White [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two former prison officials were convicted of crimes against humanity [press release] Thursday by the War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] for the systematic abuse of non-Serb detainees at the Fo?a Correctional Facility during the Bosnian war [JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson [official profile] Friday signed a notice [PDF text] for submission to the Federal Register explaining the agency's reasons for denying California's request for a waiver [JURIST news archive, EPA backgrounder] that would have allowed it to impose stricter greenhouse gas [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition members of parliament in Burundi [JURIST news archive] sought protection from the UN Thursday, alleging that they have been targeted for assassination by the Burundi government. The legislators sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website], saying they have received death threats backed by the government [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit brought by members of the US military against the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] that sought to make an anthrax vaccine optional rather than mandatory. The military personnel had challenged a finding by the Food and Drug Administration [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian police filed criminal charges Friday against 80 people allegedly involved in attacks on the US and other embassies [JURIST report] in Belgrade during protests last week over US support of independence for Kosovo [JURIST news archive]. The protesters were charged with hooliganism, theft and resisting arrest, charges which [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian military [DND/CF website] has resumed the transfer of Afghan detainees to Afghan authorities, Canadian military officials said Friday. The Canadian government ceased transferring Afghan detainees [JURIST report] to Afghan custody in November after Canadian monitors in Afghanistan discovered evidence of torture, but a military spokesman said Friday [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The National Congress of Bolivia [official website, in Spanish] narrowly approved a national referendum on a new constitution [JURIST news archive] Thursday after members of the Bolivian Constitutional Assembly [official website, in Spanish] approved the draft constitution [JURIST report] in December. The new constitution, supported by Bolivian President Evo [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a district court ruling [JURIST report] denying a bid by Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] to remain free on bail pending the appeal of his July conviction [JURIST report] [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Presidency Council on Friday approved the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the western media as "Chemical Ali," after months of deliberations over the fate of al-Majid and two other men condemned to death by an Iraqi tribunal last year. The [read more]

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