Legal news from Saturday, May 17, 2008
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Hans von Spakovsky, nominated by President Bush to serve on the six-member US Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website], withdrew his name from consideration for the appointment Friday. The withdrawal ends a two-and-a-half-year stalemate between the administration and Senate Democrats. The former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] US military defense lawyers filed a motion Friday to dismiss charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the alleged director of the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive], and his four co-conspirators. The motion alleges that the charges were unduly influenced by "overreaching" on the part [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Border Coalition [advocacy website], a group of Texan officials and business owners, filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security from constructing a fence on the US-Mexico border. [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawyers announced plans Saturday to hold large protests in June unless the new government fulfills a pledge to reinstate Supreme Court judges ousted [JURIST report] last year by President Pervez Musharraf. Aitzaz Ahsan [JURIST news archive], President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told reporters in Lahore that [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US plans to build a new military detention facility in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] as a replacement for its current make-shift prison at Bagram Air Base [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the New York Times reported [NYT report] Saturday. The $60-million-dollar, 40-acre facility will have the capacity to [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International welcomed [advocacy press release] Saturday the recently-announced public inquiry [MOD press release; JURIST report] into the death of Baha Mousa [BBC report; JURIST news archive], an Iraqi hotel receptionist who died in British military custody in 2003. The organization called the inquiry "long overdue" but expressed concern [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A French court released a bank account belonging to Russian news agency RIA Novosti [media website] Friday. The account was frozen in January [JURIST report], along with other accounts belonging to several Russian state organizations. The court ruled that the state news agency was a separate entity from the [read more]

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