Legal news from Wednesday, September 17, 2008
17:09 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] told the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] Tuesday that the federal government would commission an independent review of the FBI's use of scientific evidence in its investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks [GWU backgrounder]. Mueller said during a hearing [materials] on FBI [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed proposed legislation [H.R. 6899, PDF] Tuesday night that would partially lift the ban on offshore oil drilling [JURIST news archive] as part of a comprehensive energy proposal. The bill, entitled the "Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act," was passed by a [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Five former members of the Brigade of Gurkhas [official website; BBC backgrounder] began arguments Tuesday in the High Court in London against an immigration policy that has precluded thousands of retired Nepalese members of the British Army from remaining in the UK. In 2007, a Ministerial Announcement [press release; [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge has scheduled the trial of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] for November 10, but the Canadian citizen's lawyer said Tuesday that the date is likely to be pushed back further. According to a schedule set by US Army Col. Patrick Parrish, [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] South African President Thabo Mbeki [official profile] spoke out Tuesday against an International Criminal Court indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], telling reporters [AP report] that the move will jeopardize stability in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. Mbeki and Bashir issued a joint [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website] announced Tuesday it has banned the Basque Nationalist Action Party (ANV) [party website] from taking part in any political activities in the country, because of its alleged ties to ETA [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the armed Basque separatist movement. According to a [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] At a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council [official website] in Geneva Tuesday, Sudan called for the Council not to renew the mandate of Sina Samar [official website], the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan, whose term is set to expire in December. [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Fourteen Chadian and Senegalese citizens filed complaints with a Senegal prosecutor Tuesday, alleging war crimes and torture by former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive]. Habre fled to Senegal after being overthrown in 1990, and last month a Chadian court sentenced him to death in absentia [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Witnesses before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday presented testimony [video; hearing materials] discussing the Rule of Law and criticizing the White House [official website] for exceeding the limits of constitutional authority during George Bush's presidency. At a Subcommittee on the Constitution [official website] hearing, subcommittee [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] on Tuesday announced the arrest of a provincial governor and political opponent on genocide charges in connection with the deaths of several Morales supporters [CBC report] during demonstrations last week. Gov. Leopoldo Fernandez [Univision interview, in Spanish], who had refused to [read more]

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