Legal news from Friday, April 11, 2008
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US will not attend a scheduled meeting in Dublin [official website] to draft a legally binding ban on cluster bombs [ICRC materials; JURIST news archive] in May, US State Department officials told reporters Friday. The US will instead attend United Nations talks in Geneva intended to restrict the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sending British soldiers on patrol or into combat with inadequate equipment could be a violation of their human rights, the High Court of Justice ruled in London Friday. The British Ministry of Defence [official website] had argued that the Human Rights Act [text] does not apply to soldiers on [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal [official website] ruled Thursday that evidence obtained through torture is inadmissible in court, even when it is found to be reliable and vital for conviction. In doing so, the court overturned the convictions and set aside the sentence of a former police officer [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey must speed up political and social reforms to meet the criteria for accession into the European Union [JURIST news archive], European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] said in a speech [PDF text] before the Turkish parliament Thursday. Barroso applauded recent efforts to reform [JURIST report] the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Zimbabwe Friday banned all political demonstrations as tension continued to mount after the country's contested March 29th presidential election [JURIST report]. Independent observers say that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] won more votes than current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile, JURIST [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawmakers introduced a bill Friday that would lift media restrictions [JURIST report] imposed by President Pervez Musharraf after his declaration of emergency rule [text; JURIST report] last November. The bill seeks to remove prohibitions on live broadcasts as well as publishing or broadcasting material found to be defamatory [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] Thursday disavowed a 2001 memo [JURIST report] advising the Bush administration that Fourth Amendment [text] protections against unreasonable searches and seizures did not apply to "domestic military operations." Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mukasey testified [recorded video] that the 2001 memo [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion] that the Washington state constitution does not provide a right for prison inmates to starve themselves to death. Convicted arsonist Charles R. McNabb sued the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] to stop his force-feeding [JURIST news [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese Guantanamo Bay detainee Ibrahim al-Qosi [DOD materials; JURIST report] said at a pre-trial hearing Thursday that he plans to boycott his upcoming military commission trial, becoming the third Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to announce boycott plans. Al-Qosi declined the assistance of a lawyer, saying that he [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A former top Chinese Communist Party official was convicted Friday of corruption and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Chen Liangyu [People's Daily profile] was found guilty of accepting bribes and abuse of power, making Chen the highest ranking official to be convicted in China's recent crackdown on [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney and other top White House officials approved controversial interrogation methods, including waterboarding [JURIST news archive], in secret meetings, AP reported Friday. An unnamed former senior intelligence official confirmed an earlier ABC News report [text] that the officials asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to [read more]

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