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Legal news from Wednesday, October 22, 2008

[JURIST]New York Supreme Court Judge Jacquelyn Silbermann [official website] Wednesday rejected a petition brought by two members of New York City Council [official website] trying to prevent a council vote on a resolution to extend New York mayoral and city council term limits [materials] from eight to 12 years. Council … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that a physician who was accused of writing illegal prescriptions could pursue claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution against the federal government. The court held Tuesday that a provision of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The death sentence of Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh [JURIST news archive] was reduced Tuesday to 20 years' imprisonment by an Afghan appeals court. Kambaksh was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islam. In May, Kambaksh appealed his death sentence … [read more]

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] Wednesday issued a final rule setting out the details of his department's air passenger screening program [TSA official site]. Under the Secure Flight Final Rule [PDF text], responsibility for vetting the nation's air passengers moves from individual airlines to the Transportation … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge Benjamin Settle ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that Iraq war objector 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] cannot face a second court-martial on all charges for which he already faced court-martial. Settle's order held that a second-court martial of Watada on three of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense announced Tuesday that the Office of Military Commissions Convening Authority has dismissed charges without prejudice [press release] against five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Noor Uthman Mohammed, Binyam Mohammed, Sufyiam Barhoumi, Ghassan Abdullah al Sharbi, and Jabran Said Bin al Qahtani remain in … [read more]

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] confirmed Tuesday that the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] would remain open for the duration of President George W. Bush's administration. The New York Times reported [text] earlier in the day quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying Bush … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ecuadorean Supreme Court of Justice and the Constitutional Tribunal of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday published a statement [text, in Spanish] laying out the first steps in enacting a system of oral arguments, as required by the new Ecuadorean constitution [text, in Spanish]. The constitution, which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Tuesday ruled [press release] on two separate appeals filed by the Office of the Chief Prosecutor [official website], reversing for now the Trial Chamber's decision to release former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [BBC profiler; JURIST news archive] … [read more]

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