Legal news from Wednesday, July 23, 2008
17:07 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] walked out of the courtroom [Miami Herald report] at his military commission trial on Wednesday, refusing to watch a video depicting one of his interrogation sessions. Hamdan's lawyers had sought to have his interrogations excluded from evidence, arguing that [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 [HR 3221 materials; House debate video, flash], a bill designed to address problems from the country's so-called "sub-prime mortgage collapse." The Act provides for government grants allowing municipalities to buy and redevelop foreclosed properties, and [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican woman pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Tuesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] to one count of sex trafficking for her role in recruiting Mexican women, sometimes by force, for prostitution in the US. Consuelo Carreto Valencia was extradited [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel from the British Court of Appeal [official website] on Wednesday denied the appeals of five men convicted on charges of conspiring to cause death and suffering through a plan to detonate bombs in a crowded area near London. Each of the men was sentenced [JURIST report, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official website; JURIST news archive] announced [prepared statement, PDF; press release] to the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday that during his remaining time in office he will focus primarily on addressing the legal rights of US-held enemy combatants and ensuring that voting rights [JURIST news [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two members of the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce [official website] began an investigation [information request, PDF; press release] Tuesday into whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the continued sale of certain drugs that agency officials knew had been manufactured and sold using [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile] and the two other members of the Iraqi Presidency Council refused to sign a provincial election bill on Wednesday, noting that it had been passed by an incomplete parliament. Kurdish legislators boycotted a Tuesday vote on the bill in [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italy will rework plans to fingerprint the country's Roma minority [JURIST news archive], altering requirements to only include those who do not have valid identification cards, the country's Interior Ministry announced Tuesday. The decision is seen as a concession to intense criticism [JURIST report] of the fingerprinting plan by [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan plans to create its own internationally-monitored courts to try war crimes suspects from the country's Darfur region [JURIST news archive], League of Arab States (LAS) [official website, in Arabic] official Hisham Yussef said on Tuesday. The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in the Netherlands currently handles such [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [petitioner press release] on Tuesday that the government must unseal most of the grand jury testimony from the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage case [trial transcript, PDF; JURIST backgrounder]. In January, George [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday announced [press release, in Italian] that it has passed legislation [materials, in Italian; draft bill and backgrounder, PDF, in Italian] granting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and other high-ranking officials immunity from prosecution while in office. [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied an emergency stay [opinion, PDF] for a Mississippi death row inmate challenging the state's lethal injection procedure. The court found that Dale Leo Bishop failed to establish that he would suffer [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [decision, PDF] a lower court's decision [PDF; JURIST report] granting a permanent injunction against enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) [text], a federal law that imposes civil and criminal penalties on website operators [read more]

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