Legal news from Wednesday, August 20, 2008
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Officials for Iraq's Human Rights Ministry have said that they plan to prosecute those suspected of torturing inmates of the country's prison system, according to a Wednesday report [AFP report]. The country signed on to the UN's Convention Against Torture [text] on Sunday, but has not yet explicitly prohibited [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian Attorney General Hendarman Supandji announced [Jakarta Post report] Wednesday that the men convicted of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] will not be executed until after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the death penalty is not implemented. Supandji said that he could not approve [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iran has executed a man for a stabbing he committed while still a minor, according Wednesday reports from local media. The execution is said to violate the terms of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child [text], to which Iran is a signatory, but officials for the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The City of New York agreed to pay approximately $2 million to settle a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; CCR backgrounder] brought by protesters who had claimed they had been illegally arrested, according to Tuesday statements made by the city's Law Department. In April 2003, city police arrested anti-war protesters while [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday that existing US Food and Drug Association (FDA) [official website] regulations do not preempt a New Jersey woman's state claim that she was poisoned by the mercury in canned tuna. The suit alleges [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection began Tuesday in the the trial of a former US Marine who faces voluntary manslaughter charges [JURIST report] for alleged involvement in the deaths of four Iraqi civilians in 2004. Sergeant Jose Nazario cannot face trial by court-martial because he is no longer in the military, and is [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday vacated [decision, PDF] a 2006 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] rule [Federal Register notice] prohibiting state and local governments from monitoring air pollution below acceptable levels set by the EPA for "stationary" sources [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion; PDF] a California public school district's policy that parents may only observe their disabled children in the classroom for twenty minutes in order to evaluate the school's proposed education plan. The parents of a [read more]

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