Legal news from Wednesday, October 15, 2008
23:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] Wednesday sentenced five former Chilean military officers for their role in the killing of five leftist political opponents as part of the so-called "Caravan of Death" [BBC backgrounder] in October 1973. General Sergio Arellano Stark was sentenced to six years in prison [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call] Wednesday in two cases, including Waddington v. Sarausad [Cornell LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-772, in which the Court will consider whether a ruling [PDF text] by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a district court order requiring Ohio's secretary of state to establish a system that allows county elections boards to confirm newly registered voters' eligibility. The court, sitting en banc, vacated a stay [AP [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A report [PDF text; press release] issued Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] links the large number of executions in Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] to flaws in the Saudi judicial system. The report, titled Affront to Justice: Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia, noted a significant increase in [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two classified memos sent from the Bush administration to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 explicitly sanctioned the use of certain harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding [JURIST news archive], the Washington Post reported [text] Wednesday. The documents were reportedly first requested by then-CIA director George Tenet [BBC profile; SourceWatch [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Wednesday rejected [decision text, PDF; press release, PDF; case docket] an emergency request for provisional measures from the Georgian Republic to stop the alleged killing and mass displacement of citizens in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia [JURIST [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin [party profile, in Turkish] apologized Tuesday on behalf of the Turkish government for the death of Engin Ceber, an anti-government protester who died after alleged torture while in police custody on Saturday. Sahin also announced that 19 prison officials were suspending pending an [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday rejected [decision text] as unconstitutional a proposed peace agreement between the government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) [group website; BBC backgrounder]. The Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) [text] between the MILF and the [read more]

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