Legal news from Tuesday, August 12, 2008
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration which was brought by Valerie Plame [Washington Post profile], the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] on Tuesday upheld [ruling, in German; press release, in German] a state ban on smoking in public restaurants and bars in Bavaria. The Bavarian ban is the strictest in the nation, where public smoking is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Last [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] last week denied [opinion, PDF] a request made by six ethnic Uighur Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees to be transferred to less restrictive facilities within the base. The petitioners argued that their solitary confinement in [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday that computer and PO box use restrictions placed on those convicted of child pornography offenses [statute text] are reasonable as long as they are reasonably connected to their conviction and are construed narrowly [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday issued a closing order [PDF text; press release] to officially indict former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch profile], also known as Duch, on charges of crimes against humanity and violations [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Danish court on Monday began the trial of two men accused of planning a bomb attack on the country. The pair admitted to manufacturing an explosive compound, but have denied that they were planning an attack or that they intended to use it to make a bomb. A [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Attempts to bring war crimes suspect and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to trial were long delayed by the US, France, and England, a former spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official site] said in a interview published in Serbian [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] on Monday refused to grant a temporary injunction allowing concealed firearms in non-secure areas of the Atlanta International Airport. Gun ownership advocacy group GeorgiaCarry.org (GCO) [advocacy website] and state Representative Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica) [official [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian legislators on Monday adopted a measure calling for the establishment of an international tribunal [Itar-TASS report] charged with investigating allegations of genocide in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. Russia's Prosecutor General, Yury Chaika [Russiaprofile.org bio], responded to the request on Tuesday, asserting that no such body is [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The newly-formed state council of the military group which overthrew [JURIST report] the government of Mauritania [CIA factbook profile] last week passed a law on Tuesday conferring on its leader, Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, all the powers of deposed President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi [BBC profile]. On Monday, [read more]

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