Legal news from Thursday, January 22, 2009
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Discharging key campaign pledges on his third day in office, US President Barack Obama expressly banned US use of torture [JURIST news archive] in interrogations and directed the immediate shutdown of CIA detention facilities in a third executive order [text] on US detention practices issued Thursday. Declaring its overall [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Thursday arrested approximately 30 more people, including eight army officers, nine policemen, and a union leader, in an investigation of an alleged plot to overthrow the government [JURIST news archive] of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. The latest arrests [Al Jazeera report] [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced two people to death and several to life imprisonment for their involvement in the melamine-tainted milk scandal [JURIST news archive] that sickened almost 300,000 children and killed at least six. Chairwoman of the now-bankrupt [NYT report] Sanlu Group [Research and Markets profile] Tian [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] issued an executive order [text, PDF] Thursday directing that the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison be closed "as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order." The order also instructed Secretary of Defense Robert [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that an Illinois state law requiring a moment of silence in public schools is unconstitutional. Judge Robert Gettleman held that the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act [text], [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ended a decade-long battle by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to have the Child Online Protection Act of 1998 (COPA) [text] declared constitutional by denying certiorari [order list, PDF] in the case of Mukasey v. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] retook the presidential oath of office [text and materials] Wednesday, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts [official profile, PDF], following minor mistakes the two made in the wording of the oath during Tuesday's inauguration ceremony [text and video; JURIST report]. White House lawyer [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Uganda [official website] on Wednesday ruled that the death penalty [JURIST news archive] is not prohibited by Uganda's constitution [text, PDF] because it does not constitute cruel and inhuman punishment. The decision comes on an appeal by over 400 inmates on death row of a [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Wednesday issued the first executive orders of his presidency, focusing on White House ethics and transparency. The executive order on Presidential Records [text] grants broader public access to the records of previous presidential administrations, reversing restrictions implemented by former President George W. [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge on Wednesday suspended for 120 days [order, PDF] the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] against five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators [DOD materials], including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], granting a request [motion, PDF; JURIST report] by lawyers acting at the [read more]

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