Legal news from Tuesday, January 13, 2009
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Tuesday in three cases. In Montejo v. Louisiana [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether an indigent defendant must affirmatively accept appointment of an attorney to invoke Sixth Amendment protection [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile], as well as more than 100 military officers and personnel, have been sued for the wrongful deaths [complaint, PDF] of two former detainees who committed suicide while at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Family members of the deceased filed the complaint [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) [official website] on Tuesday heard arguments [DOD press release] on whether to reinstate the allegedly torture-induced confession of Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], which was thrown out [JURIST report] by a military commission last [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel [official profile] on Tuesday said that Israel is not respecting international human rights law in the Gaza Strip. In an interview [text, in French] with the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique, Michel said that the evidence, which experts agree upon and [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial for US Marine Corp Sgt. Jermaine Nelson [JURIST news archive] has been scheduled for February 16, according to a Monday report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The trial was scheduled to begin earlier this month, but a delay was granted following a ruling in which the court [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decided two cases Tuesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] in Chambers v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that failure to report to prison does not constitute a "violent felony" for purposes of sentence enhancement under the Armed Career [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups are concerned about US President-elect Barack Obama's intentions to keep the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center open for at least 100 days after taking office, according to a Monday report in the Miami Herald. On Sunday, Obama told ABC news in an interview [ABC [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission (EC) [official website] President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] on Monday said that the commission needs to see more results [speaking points, PDF; video] from Romania's effort to fight corruption and reform the judiciary, during a press conference with Romanian President Traian Basescu [official profile] and Prime [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced on Monday that the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] hunger strike has increased to 42 detainees. The number was believed to be 30 last Thursday. The military attributes the increase to the recent seven year anniversary of the facility's opening. Another possible contributing factor is [read more]

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