Legal news from Tuesday, October 7, 2008
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge ordered the Bush administration [minute order, PDF text] Tuesday to release 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], ruling that the Constitution forbids their indefinite detention without cause. In a ruling [transcript] read from the bench, Judge Ricardo Urbina [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thirteen United Nations experts on Monday urged the international community to respect the rights of detainees [statement text]. The statement of the 13 special rapporteurs, including Philip Alston [official website; JURIST news archive], the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Manfred Nowak [official website; JURIST news [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] has requested, in a motion [PDF text] released Monday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive], that prosecutors release information regarding an alleged immunity deal with [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday stayed [opinion, PDF] a district order requiring senior Bush administration officials to give the House Judiciary Committee [official website] information about the forced resignations of nine US attorneys [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Five Palestinians represented by Israeli rights group Yesh Din [advocacy website] filed suit [PDF complaint, in Hebrew] against the State of Israel seeking $427,000 in damages for failing to protect Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank from trespassers and an illegal outpost, according to Yesh Din lawyers Monday. The [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George Bush on Monday criticized [recorded video; transcript] the Senate's judicial nominee confirmation process and defended his appointment of judges [WH materials] who he says strictly interpret the US Constitution. Bush made his remarks at an event sponsored by the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs [academic website] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian authorities have asked Britain to extradite former Russneft [corporate website] oil company head Mikhail Gutseriyev, according to a Russian Ministry of the Interior [official website] spokesman Monday. Citing systematic government 'persecution' [BBC report], Gutseriyev resigned [RIA Novosti report] from Russneft in July 2007 amid Interior Ministry accusations of [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Officials at the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country [official website, in Basque] announced Monday that three of the region's political leaders, including its president, will stand trial for meeting publicly with members of the Batasuna party to negotiate a ceasefire with the illegal Basque separatist group [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from Germany's ruling coalition announced [CDU press release, in German] Monday that they would draft an amendment to the German constitution to allow the military to aid local police forces during emergencies. Under Article 35 of the German Basic Law [text, PDF], the government may deploy the military [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lehman Brothers [corporate website] Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fuld [corporate profile] Monday called for a new regulatory scheme for financial firms in testimony before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [committee website]. Fuld answered questions regarding Lehman Brother's role in the current financial crisis [read more]

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