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16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian government on Monday introduced a bill [text, PDF] that would set up a committee to discipline judges who violate the country's judicial ethics code. The Judges' Ethics Committee Bill 2008 was tabled [Bernama reoprt] Monday by the Dewan Rakyat [official website], the Malaysian parliament, and will be [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari, vacated, and remanded [order list, PDF] the case of Rasul v. Myers [docket; cert. petition, PDF] for further consideration in light of the Court's June decision in Boumediene v. Bush [opinion, PDF; JURIST report]. The US [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Altria Group v. Good [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act [text] does not bar state lawsuits based on allegedly deceptive cigarette advertising. The case was brought by [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] lawyer Thomas Tamm told Newsweek in an article published Sunday that he blew the whistle on the Bush administration's controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] because "it didn't smell right" [Newsweek report]. Newsweek said that Tamm, whose home was [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian authorities on Sunday arrested [RIA Novosti report] former chess champion and Russian opposition political activist Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] and others as they met to form a new political opposition group. Kasparaov's new organization [RIA Novosti report], Solidarnost, is reportedly an outgrowth an [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] UK financial firm Bramdean Alternatives Limited [corporate website] raised concerns [statement, DOC] Saturday about the US financial regulatory process in the wake of Thursday's arrest of former NASDAQ [official website] chairman Bernard Madoff for a $50 billion fraud scheme [JURIST report]. Bramdean's value dropped by more than 35 percent [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] Sunday denied entry to and deported the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk [academic profile]. Falk was attempting to enter Israel in his official capacity for the first time since [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois Governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] on Friday issued his first public apology [text] for the crimes that resulted in his imprisonment. Ryan's apology comes in the wake of last week's arrest [JURIST report] of current Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] on corruption charges. In a letter [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) is inefficient and ineffective, with detainees waiting months or years for trials that do not meet international fair trial standards, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, titled "The Quality [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff [official profile] on Sunday told [transcript text] the BBC that before closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], President-elect Barack Obama must have a plan for dealing with the detainees. In an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show, Chertoff [read more]

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