Legal news from Friday, February 20, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army Special Forces soldier facing court-martial proceedings [JURIST news archive] over the killing of an Afghan civilian in March 2008 has admitted to killing the man but argued during opening statements Thursday that the act was committed in self-defense. Master Sgt. Robert Newell of the 3rd Special [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] chairman Mary Schapiro [official profile] on Thursday named Robert Khuzami [SEC press release] as the new director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. Khuzmani replaces former director of enforcement Linda Thomsen, who stepped down from the position [JURIST report] last week. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [official website] said Friday that the US has agreed to return [press release] UK resident and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to the country as soon as his transfer can be arranged. Mohamed was found [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling [opinion, PDF] that dismissed a suit resulting from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] brought on behalf of the US against eight flood insurers. The original suit, brought by Realtor Branch Consultants [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Both the Sri Lankan government [official website; JURIST news archive] and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [group website; JURIST news archive] have committed human rights violations by attacking civilians in the Vanni region, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Under the leadership of successive Labour Party governments the UK Parliament [official website] has systematically infringed on freedoms and rights of individual British citizens over the past decade, according to a report [text; PDF] released Thursday by the Convention of Modern Liberty [advocacy website]. The report, compiled by the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maine [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] charges of making false statements [18 USC § 1001 text] against former Republican National Committee regional director James Tobin [SourceWatch profile]. Tobin had earlier been convicted [JURIST report] in connection [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow Military District Court on Friday acquitted three men suspected of being involved in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The three men, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov and Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, were released [RIA Novosti report] after a jury on Thursday found the evidence against them insufficient for a [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav National Army officer Miroslav Radic [Trial Watch backgrounder] on Wednesday sued Serbia for the four years and six months he was detained during his trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Radic was acquitted [decision, PDF; JURIST report] of war crimes charges [read more]

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