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Legal news from Thursday, January 8, 2009
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Army [official website] Pfc. Kimberly Rivera [advocacy profile] who fled the US for Canada after serving in Iraq announced Wednesday that the Canadian government [official website] had ordered her deportation. She, along with her husband and children, had sought asylum on humanitarian grounds to avoid a second [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] on Wednesday directed the attorney general and information minister to review a controversial media bill [press release] that gives power to a communication commission to regulate broadcasting with threats of fines or incarceration. The Communications Amendment Bill of 2008 [text, PDF], which was [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Wednesday arrested approximately 40 people, including three retired generals, in an investigation of an alleged plot to overthrow the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. Police searched [Hurriyet report] the home of the country's former top prosecutor, Sabih Kanadoglu. Police also [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website] will appoint Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein [professional profile] as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs [official website], according to reports Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post [texts]. Sunstein will be responsible for governmental regulations [HLS [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Thursday began the trial of three Basque leaders accused of meeting illegally with members of the Batasuna party to negotiate a ceasefire with the illegal Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounders]. Basque President Juan Jose Ibarretxe [official profile] and two senior members of the Basque [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) [official website] on Thursday announced that it will open an investigation into the UK business operations [press release] of US financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] to determine whether any criminal offenses have been committed in the UK. The focus will be on [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] on Wednesday announced that Sgt. John Hatley will be court-martialed for his alleged role in the killings of four Iraqi citizens [NYT report] in April 2007. Hatley, along with soldiers Sgt. Michael Leahy, Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class John Mayo, was charged [JURIST report] [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] Tuesday ruled [opinion; PDF] that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] had overstepped its interpretive authority by classifying certain pesticides as exempt from a permitting process allowing for their discharge into water. Eleven environmental and industry interest [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government on Wednesday warned that pressing war crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] would have "disastrous" consequences on the implementation of a peace process in Darfur [JURIST archive]. Citing fears that an [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan's High Court [official website] on Thursday rejected the appeal of former president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] protesting the court's previous decision to detain him [JURIST report] while he awaits trial on corruption charges [JURIST report]. Chen's detention was ordered last month after the High Court [read more]

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