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Legal news from Tuesday, August 26, 2008
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that two Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to Algeria. The DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes, and stated that another 65 detainees are scheduled for transfer. [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lieutenant-Colonel Ephrem Setako [ICTR case materials] went to trial Tuesday [ICTR press release] before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Setako is the former director of the Judicial Affairs Division of the Rwandan Ministry of Defence, and served as a colonel for the Rwandan armed forces [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo [official website] announced on Monday that twelve states have filed suit [press release] against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] for its alleged failure to enforce provisions of the Clean Air Act [text; EPA materials] requiring oil refineries to adopt measures [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Joseph Tauro [official profile] held [PDF text] Friday that a Massachusetts statute [text] establishing a 35-foot buffer zone outside facilities which perform abortions [JURIST news archive] does not violate protesters' constitutional rights. Tauro found that the law does not unconstitutionally burden First Amendment rights or the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A change to Chinese criminal law [1997 text] which would strengthen insider trading prohibitions was introduced before the country's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (SCNPC) [government backgrounder] on Monday. If adopted during the committee's week-long session, the amendment would prohibit employees from using not only classified, but [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Swiss Prosecutor General Daniel Zappelli announced on Monday that he will not pursue money-laundering charges against Pakistani presidential candidate Asif Ali Zardari [CV; BBC profile], who is the widower of the assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Zappelli explained that Geneva was left with [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] British nationals and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal Al-Harith have petitioned [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to hear a lawsuit [advocacy backgrounder] in which they seek religious rights and protection from torture for those still [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US will begin providing direct financial aid to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] once the genocide tribunal takes adequate measures against corruption, stated outgoing US Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli [official profile] on Monday during his final press conference in Phnom [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Arkansas Secretary of State [official website] Charlie Daniels has certified a ballot measure [text; AR AG opinion, PDF] which could prohibit gays, lesbians and other unmarried cohabiting couples from becoming either foster or adoptive parents. Daniels announced [press release] Monday that the Arkansas Family Council Action Committee [advocacy website] [read more]

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