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19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] on rehearing Friday that it had no jurisdiction over Guantanamo detainees' petitions for subject-matter review of "enemy combatant" status decisions by Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) [DOD materials] in the wake of the US Supreme [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the Bosnian war crimes prosecutor [official website] on Thursday indicted eight Bosnian Serbs [press release] on charges of taking part in war crimes early in the Bosnian war. Damir Ivankovic, Zoran Babic, Gordan Djuric, Milorad Radakovic, Milorad Skrbic, Ljubisa Cetic, Dusan Jankovic and Zeljko Stojnic are [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website] on Friday announced his nominations for the top posts [press release] in the US intelligence community, designating Admiral Dennis Blair to be Director of National Intelligence and Leon Panetta [profile] to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website]. Obama also [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Congress acted beyond its authority when it enacted a law that allows indefinite federal civil commitment of "sexually dangerous" offenders beyond the end of their sentences. The indefinite civil commitment [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in four cases. In the consolidated cases of Republic of Iraq v. Beaty [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Republic of Iraq v. Simon [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether Iraq has [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] French president Nicolas Sarkozy [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday announced plans [flash video, in French; press release, in French] to end the country's use of magistrate-led investigations in criminal cases. Sarkozy made the announcement at the annual opening [MOJ materials, in French] of the Court of Cassation [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that aliens may no longer challenge deportation hearings based on ineffective assistance of counsel. Mukasey's opinion, which is binding on immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals, holds that immigrants have no constitutional [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] Friday called for an independent investigation [statement text] of possible war crimes and human rights violations in the ongoing conflict [BBC materials] between Israel and combatants in the Gaza Strip. Pillay made the comments at a special [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A committee of the Illinois House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend the impeachment [report, PDF] of Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website; JURIST news archive]. The committee was appointed [JURIST report] last month to gather evidence and testimony regarding the charges [complaint, PDF] against Blagojevich. [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladeshi Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed [official website] on Thursday declared his government's desire to restore Bangladesh's 1972 constitution [text, PDF]. The move signals an intent to return [Hindu News report] to the four principles of nationalism, democracy, secularism, and socialism that Bangladesh endorsed after its [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced democracy advocate Wang Rongqing to six years in jail on charges of subverting state power. The 65-year-old activist, who has pressed for democracy since the 1970s, was tried [AP report] in Hangzhou City Intermediate People’s Court, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, on [read more]

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