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Legal news from Monday, June 9, 2008
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Fourteen accused Zayidi Shi'ite [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] rebels, among them outspoken Yemeni journalist Abdel Karim al-Khaywani [advocacy profile], were sentenced in a Yemeni court Monday for their roles in an ongoing Shi'ite uprising. Thirteen of the rebels received sentences of up to ten years in prison and one was sentenced [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [court website] began hearings Monday in Cobell v. Kempthorne [plaintiff's website; DOJ materials], a class-action suit brought in 1996 alleging US government mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans and their heirs. Judge James Robertson [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] has upheld [ruling, PDF] a woman's visitation rights regarding a child who was born to her former lesbian partner while the two were engaged in a same-sex union under Vermont law [Vermont Act 91 text]. Without reaching the merits of the case [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [official profile; JURIST news archive] will be released from detention Monday to seek US treatment for health issues including high blood pressure and severe ear and eye conditions. Bangladesh's emergency government charged Hasina with corruption for allegedly receiving illegal kickbacks in a scheme [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon has said that an additional 108 military lawyers and paralegals will be assigned to work on the cases of prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], twice the current number. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann [JURIST news archive], legal advisor to the Office of Military [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down four decisions Monday, including Allison Engine v. United States [JURIST report], where the Court ruled that the Federal False Claims Act [31 USC 3729 text] is not limited to claims of misspent funds submitted to a federal government [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, the military defense lawyer for Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr (DOD materials; JURIST news archive] said Sunday that personnel at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] were ordered to destroy hand-written notes made during the interrogations of terror suspects. He stated that the Pentagon's "standard operating procedures" [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [New York Times backgrounder] Monday followed through on last month's promise to protest from city to city [Daily Times report; JURIST report] in a call for the restoration of judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf during his emergency rule [JURIST report] last November. [read more]

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