Legal news from Friday, September 5, 2008
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three judges ousted from the Pakistani Supreme Court [official website] by former President Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] took new oaths on Friday. Justices Mian Shakirullah Jan, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Syed Jamshed Ali rejoined the court [APP report] with seniority retroactive to their removal [JURIST report] in November. [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk [official profile] announced Friday that the Polish government is investigating [Gazeta Wyborcza report] claims that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] operated a secret prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. The prison was reportedly part of the CIA's extraordinary [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The military judge presiding over the military commission [JURIST news archive] trial of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday barred US Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann [official profile] from acting as a legal advisor to the commission in Khadr's trial. In addition to [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday ruled [press release, in Spanish] that Wal-Mart de Mexico [corporate website; JURIST news archive] may not pay employees in part with vouchers redeemable only at its stores. The court nullified the employment contract of a worker who challenged the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The India Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) [official website] announced Thursday that it will review the country's controversial anti-dowry [BBC backgrounder] act because increasing numbers of Indian women have issued complaints about misuse. WCD Joint Secretary Kiran Chadha said [Times of India report]: We will be meeting [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The hearings for two US soldiers charged in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee have been scheduled for September 11 and 20, representatives of the US military said [AFP report] on Thursday. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner was charged [press release; JURIST report] in August with premeditated [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom [official website] has postponed implementation of a program [city backgrounder] to issue identification cards [JURIST news archive] giving city residents access to government services without regard to immigration status. A mayoral spokesman said Thursday that the delay is necessary to ensure that the program [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Spain has created a panel of legal and health experts to consider liberalizing the country's current abortion laws, Equality Minister Bibiana Aido [personal blog, in Spanish; TypicallySpanish backgrounder] told reporters [government release, in Spanish] on Thursday. Abortion was legalized in the country in 1985, but only in cases of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former US lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] was sentenced [DOJ press release] Thursday to four years in prison for tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy. Judge Ellen S. Huvelle [official profile] of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] imposed less than the maximum sentence [read more]

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