Legal news from Tuesday, July 29, 2008
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A DC federal grand jury Tuesday indicted [text, PDF; DOJ press release] US Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) [official website] on seven counts of making false statements [18 USC s. 1001(a) text] relating to an alleged corruption scheme and for falsifying his Financial Disclosure Forms. Stevens allegedly accepted about $250,000 [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] has upheld [opinion, PDF] seven out of 12 charges against two US border agents who were found guilty of unlawfully shooting an illegal immigrant smuggling drugs and then trying to cover up the incident. [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] released a medical report [PDF text and explanation] Tuesday that he said refuted sodomy allegations [JURIST report] made against him by a former aide. According to the report, the initial examining doctor at a private hospital could not find [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for three Indonesian men sentenced to death for their role in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed 202 people said Monday that he would file a constitutional challenge to their method of execution. Mukhlas, Imam Samudra and Amrozi Nurhasyim [BBC profiles] will claim that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judges at London's High Court Monday rejected an appeal against the extradition of three Tunisian men arrested on terrorism charges who argued that their removal to Italy could ultimately lead to their torture. The three were arrested late last year in England after an Italian judge issued an European [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The 192-member UN General Assembly Monday unanimously voted to approve [press release] South African judge Navanethem Pillay [ICC profile] as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing departing commissioner Louise Arbour [JURIST report]. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced lat Thursday that he was appointing [JURIST report] [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The human rights situation in China has continued to deteriorate as the start of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games draws closer, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, which updated an April AI report [PDF text] detailing ongoing [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Monday that it has transferred three more Guantanamo detainees [press release], one each to Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The unnamed individuals are among more than 65 Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees government officials have declared eligible for [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Monday approved the death sentence of US Army private Ronald A. Gray, marking the first time a president has approved a military execution since 1957. Gray was first tried by a civilian court for his connection to four murders and eight rapes in North [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand Monday agreed to hear [AP report] a new corruption case against ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and 47 others, including three current cabinet members. The case involves allegations of misconduct related to the national lottery system, and names Finance [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department Offices of Inspector General and Professional Responsibility [official websites] concluded in a report [PDF text] issued Monday that department aides illegally made hiring decisions based on consideration of applicants' political and ideological beliefs. In early 2007, officials began investigating allegations [JURIST report] that former DOJ [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile], the last British resident still detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], argued at a Monday High Court hearing [JURIST report] in London that the UK Foreign Office should be compelled to turn over evidence necessary to his defense before a US military [read more]

05:07 EDT

[JURIST] An eyewitness' ability to recall specific details of an incident decreases dramatically in high-stress situations, according to a new study [PDF text; press release] that could have long-ranging impact on law enforcement and legal procedures. The study, conducted by Tin Valentine and Jan Mesout of Goldsmiths [academic website], part [read more]

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