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Legal news from Tuesday, April 22, 2008
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Federal authorities have arrested and charged [DOJ press release] 84-year-old American citizen Ben-Ami Kadish on four counts of conspiracy to disclose US defense and nuclear weaponry documents to Israel and to act as an Israeli agent, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Tuesday. The complaint filed [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday partially overturned [judgment summary; ICTY press release] the convictions of former Bosnian Muslim General Enver Hadzihasanovic and former Brigadier Amir Kubura, reducing sentences issued for failure to check or punish [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Giles v. California [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-6053, where the Court considered whether a criminal defendant can block the testimony of the person he allegedly killed if he did not kill [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings [official profile] Tuesday unveiled new proposed regulations [materials; press release] to implement the federal No Child Left Behind Act [official website]. At a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club, Spelling said [text]:Today, more than 50 years after Brown v. the Board of Education, [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [PDF text] Tuesday that Christine Todd Whitman [official profile], former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website], cannot be sued for making allegedly misleading reassurances about the air quality in New York after the September 11, 2001 [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government on Monday released 122 detainees from a prison in Sulaimaniyah under an amnesty law [JURIST report] passed in February as part of the national reconciliation effort. The release was part of an effort to ease crowding in Iraqi prisons and reintegrate people convicted of minor crimes [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] At least two dozen former and current detainees have alleged that they were either forcibly administered drugs or witnessed the forceful administration of drugs on other detainees while in US custody, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The detainees, held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and other sites, said [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted former top Chinese Communist Party official Chen Liangyu [People's Daily profile] has decided not to appeal his corruption conviction [JURIST report], Chinese media reported Tuesday. Chen was found guilty earlier this month of accepting bribes and abuse of power, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. His [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday dismissed claims of fraud [ruling, PDF] against State Farm Insurance by a Mississippi couple who claimed that the company denied their insurance claim for damage from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] based on bad faith and fraud. US District Judge L.T. Senter, Jr. rejected [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's coalition government has not yet reached a specific agreement on restoring judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf last year after he declared emergency rule [PDF text; JURIST report], former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wrapped up a fresh round of discussions with [read more]

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