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Legal news from Monday, June 23, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Israel Monday denied a request to suspend the opening of border crossings between the country and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The appeal was made by the father of Sgt. Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier held prisoner by Hamas after being captured by the group in 2006, and …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Pakistan National Assembly Sunday passed a bill which not only approved the country's 2008-2009 budget, but also expanded the membership of the country's Supreme Court from 16 to 29 justices. Passage of the so-called Finance Bill was sharply criticized by several opposition groups and members of the country's lawyers' movement [JURIST …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Special national security courts to try terrorism suspects are "unnecessary" and "dangerous to traditional constitutional protections," according to a report issued Monday by the Constitution Project. The report was endorsed by a panel of national security experts and legal scholars including General Wesley Clark, Yale Law School dean Harold Koh, former FBI …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Monday ordered the US government to release or transfer a Chinese Uighur Muslim detained at Guantanamo Bay, ruling that Huzaifa Parhat had been improperly designated as an enemy combatant by a US Combatant Status Review Tribunal. Barring release or …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Pakistani court Monday blocked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) head and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running for parliament, finding that a prior criminal conviction rendered him ineligible for office. Earlier this month, the Election Commission of Pakistan cleared Sharif and his younger brother to run in the June 26 …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The head executives of oil companies should be tried for crimes against humanity and nature for misleading the public about the impact of oil on global warming, according to a NASA climatologist who testified before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Monday. James Hansen [NASA profile; …

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by Devin Montgomery

Tunisia is committing wide-spread human rights abuses under overly-broad anti-terrorism legislation, according to a Monday report by Amnesty International. Amnesty said that while the government claims to comply with international norms on due process and detainee treatment, it rarely investigates allegations of rights violations by state security organs:The …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear seven cases, including Ministry of Defense and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran v. Elahi (07-615) [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. In that case, the Court will consider whether the brother of dissident Cyrus Elahi, assassinated in Paris in …

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by Devin Montgomery

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) wrote in a letter to the UN Monday that the Serbian government had failed to cooperate with Tribunal investigations and cases in violation of the court's UN statute. ICTY president Fausto Pocar …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court handed down three decisions Monday, including Rothgery v. Gillespie County, in which the Court ruled 8-1 that a person accused of a felony has the right to a lawyer at a probable cause hearing before a magistrate judge. The Court held:We merely reaffirm what we …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Bolivian province of Tarija approved [Agencia Boliviana de Information (ABI) report, in Spanish] a referendum Sunday calling for greater autonomy, becoming the fourth of nine provinces to approve increased freedom from Bolivia's socialist government. The voting results in Tarija, which has considerable natural gas deposits, were similar to those in three other neighboring provinces, which have similar mineral …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A division of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance revoked the license of Iranian daily newspaper Tehran Emrouz Saturday for printing articles that criticized the policies of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The articles [Roozonline.com report] were published on the third anniversary of Ahmadinejad's election and …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A US military court in Iraq Sunday convicted [Multi-National Corps release] Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali , an Iraqi-Canadian translator working in the country, in connection with the February stabbing death of a fellow military contractor. The case is the first in which a civilian has been charged  and convicted by the military since a 2006 amendment  to the Uniform Code …

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