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19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Guards at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have confiscated several unapproved items, including news articles printed off the Internet and a "Lord of the Rings" movie script, from Canadian detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], officials said Thursday. Khadr's appointed US military lawyer, Lieutenant Commander Bill Kuebler, [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors Thursday charged the co-founder of pro-reform opposition movement Kifaya [party website, in Arabic] with inciting unrest and violence in association with a nationwide labor strike last Sunday. George Ishaq and 60 other members of the Kifaya movement were arrested in a Wednesday night police sweep. Kifaya leadership [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Council of the Slovak Republic [official website] voted 103-5 Thursday to ratify the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. Previous attempts to vote on the treaty had ended in walkouts by opposition MPs in protest over [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The White House's interpretation of executive privilege to shield former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and current White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten [official profiles] from Congressional subpoenas represents the broadest construction of the doctrine since Watergate, lawyers for the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] told the [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-one families who said that they intended to sue the state of Virginia for negligence in connection with the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech [JURIST news archive] have agreed to a tentative settlement worth $11 million, lawyers representing the families said Thursday. Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Representatives from the 47 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] Thursday criticized the human rights record of the United Kingdom [UNHRC materials; recorded video], including the government's treatment of terror suspects and prisoners, as the body continued its new Universal Periodic Review [official website; [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] may attempt to amend the country's constitution if necessary to block a legal challenge [JURIST report] brought by Turkish prosecutors seeking to disband the party, Turkish Prime Minister and AKP leader Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Eight Zimbabwean election officials accused of under-counting votes [JURIST report] for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his ruling Zanu-PF party during the March 29 presidential election [JURIST report] appeared before magistrates in provincial courts Wednesday. Independent observers say that the opposition Movement for Democratic [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] Thursday upheld [judgment] a governmental program reserving seats at India's top state schools for members of lower castes [BBC backgrounder], but ruled that wealthy lower caste families should not be permitted to take advantage of the program. The program holds 27 percent [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio resident David Tuason was indicted [PDF text; press release] Wednesday for allegedly threatening to blow up the US Supreme Court building and attack black men, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas [OYEZ profile]. Tuason was charged with six counts of mailing threatening communications and two counts of transmitting [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The investigating officer for the Multi-National Force-Iraq Wednesday granted a postponement of the Article 32 hearing [press release] for civilian contractor Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali. Ali, who holds dual Iraqi-Canadian citizenship, is charged [JURIST report] with aggravated assault for stabbing another contractor in February, and is the first civilian [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [official website] appealed to anti-government lawyers on Thursday to not "spread anarchy," a day after a clash between opposing groups of lawyers in Karachi [JURIST report] prompted widespread rioting and led to at least 11 deaths. Lawyers supporting Musharraf who gathered to protest other lawyers' [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A criminal court in Afghanistan is trying detainees previously held by the US detainees at Bagram Air Base and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] and is relying primarily on allegations and evidence provided by the US military, the New York Times reported Thursday. Other countries have so far refused [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] Wednesday dismissed [PDF text] a lawsuit brought by Kentucky high school student Timothy Morrison against the Boyd County Board of Education [official website] over a 2004 policy that banned Morrison and other students from expressing their opposition to [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive], the German citizen allegedly kidnapped by the CIA in 2003, petitioned [PDF complaint; press release] the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] Wednesday alleging he was tortured by the CIA. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) petitioned the IACHR, an autonomous arm [read more]

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