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Legal news from Friday, March 14, 2008
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Peter Brownback on Friday ruled that interrogation materials, including names of interrogators, relevant to the case of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] must be turned over to Khadr's defense team. Earlier in the week it was unintentionally revealed [CP report] that [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday remanded [PDF text] to district court a bid by Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to obtain a preliminary injunction barring his transfer back to his home country of Algeria. The court in January had initially [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A former CIA "ghost detainee" [JURIST news archive] detailed torture and abuse by agency interrogators at Iraq's Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison and a secret CIA facility in Afghanistan in an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text] released Friday. Khaled Abdu Ahmed Saleh al-Maqtari, a Yemeni national, [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A controversial bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Security Act [JURIST news archive] narrowly passed the US House of Representatives Friday in the face of a White House threat to veto it. By 213-197 [roll call] House Democrats pushed through new surveillance regulations [HR 3773 text as amended; summary] [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A new executive order [text] weakens much of the authority of the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) [official backgrounder], the independent committee of private citizens which since 1976 has been responsible for reporting illegal US intelligence activities to both the president and the attorney general. The order, signed February 29, [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Office minister Tony McNulty [official profile] told members of Parliament in a written statement [text] to the House of Commons Thursday that control orders [JURIST news archive] limiting movement and restricting the rights of uncharged individuals are currently in force against 11 people suspected of terrorist activity, [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar opposition group 88 Generation Students [Asia Times backgrounder] urged Burmese voters Friday to reject the country's new draft constitution in an upcoming national referendum [JURIST reports]. The group said in a public statement that the new constitution would only further legitimize military rule and that the procedures set [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Chief Justice John Roberts [Oyez profile] and Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas [LII profile] told a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday that Congress should pass a bill to raise the pay of federal judges in an attempt to close the pay gap between the federal judiciary and their [read more]

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