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Legal news from Tuesday, June 10, 2008
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven former military officers facing a court-martial on charges related to their roles in a 2003 coup attempt [BBC report] changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty Tuesday. The 11 are charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, and are also set to be tried in a civilian court [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Defense counsel for Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] moved to dismiss all charges against the former Congolese militia leader at an International Criminal Court (ICC) status conference at The Hague Tuesday on the ground that prosecutors have refused to provide documents [defense materials, in French] that could aid [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] California prisons [JURIST news archive] need an influx of $7 billion to bring inmate healthcare up to constitutional standards, said court-appointed prison medical overseer J. Clark Kelso [official profile] Monday. The state senate has been unwilling to authorize a bond to borrow money for the project, so Kelso has [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] Monday dismissed [opinion text] a challenge to the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy [statute text; HRC backgrounder] which provides for the discharge of openly gay service members. The suit was brought by 12 gay or lesbian [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House announced Monday that US President George W. Bush [official profile; JURIST news archive] signed an executive order [text] Friday directing all federal departments and agencies to require government contractors to use the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) E-Verify system [DHS website; JURIST news archive] in [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan genocide suspect Dominique Ntawukuriryayo [TrialWatch profile] pleaded not guilty [ICTR press release] Tuesday to charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, and direct and public incitement to genocide before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Ntawukuriryayo was arrested in France [JURIST report] in October 2007 and [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] British law enforcement and security officials appear sharply split on the advisability of extending the detention without charge limit for terror suspects to 42 days [JURIST new archive] in the run-up to a Wednesday vote on a contentious new anti-terrorism bill [materials; BBC Q/A] in the House of Commons. [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] decried conditions at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] as contrary to international norms of humane treatment in a report [HRW materials; press release] released Tuesday, saying that detainees face extreme isolation that can cause mental trauma. The group found that many are housed alone [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Fifteen members of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) were released from custody Monday, two weeks after their arrests at a demonstration in support of detained party leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The activists had staged the event to support Suu Kyi on the [read more]

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