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Legal news from Wednesday, February 25, 2009
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decided two cases Wednesday. In Pleasant Grove City v. Summum [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] the Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously that privately donated monuments displayed in public parks qualify as government speech, and that their display is therefore not [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that two former lobbyists may use classified documents in their defense against charges [case materials] under the 1917 Espionage Act [18 USC 793 text]. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, previously with the American Israel [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that bars Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive], former prime minister and current leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website], from holding elected office based on a past criminal conviction for "hijacking". Sharif was [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] prosecutor Stephen Rapp [official profile] has told Reuters that lack of court funds due to the global economic downturn may require the release of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The SCSL has charged [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] were blocked from attending a scheduled Tuesday meeting with Khadr at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Officials have launched an investigation into the ethics of the defense team, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bill Kuebler [JURIST news archive], [read more]

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[JURIST] Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile] on Tuesday indicated his country's willingness to accept Guantanamo detainees [JURIST news archive] during his meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official profile; BBC profile] in Washington DC. No specific details were set out during the meeting, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Internet search company Google, Inc. [corporate website] will apply to join a European Commission (EC) [official website] antitrust proceeding against Microsoft [corporate website], accusing the software giant of hindering competition, according to a message from Google Vice President Sundar Pichai [text] posted to the company's official blog Tuesday. On [read more]

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[JURIST] Colombian president Alvaro Uribe [official profile, in Spanish] on Monday denied ordering Department of Administrative Security (DAS) [official website, in Spanish] agents to conduct wiretaps on politicians, judges and journalists. Journalists from the Colombian magazine Semana [official website, in Spanish] were the first to publish the allegations, and have [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] British Justice Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] on Tuesday vetoed [materials] a British Information Tribunal [official website] order [JURIST report] for the release of redacted minutes of two Cabinet [official website] discussions from the months prior to the invasion of Iraq [JURIST news archive]. Straw declared [statement of reasons, [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged the Guatemalan Congress [official website, in Spanish] to approve a law establishing a National Search Commission for the Persons Forcibly and Involuntarily Disappeared. The proposed legislation [text, PDF, in Spanish] was presented to the Guatemalan Congress in January 2007, and was an important [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Paris appeals court on Tuesday overturned the 2007 terrorism convictions of five French citizens who had been questioned by French officials while detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The court held that counter-terrorism agents from the French national security service DST [official website, in French] could not [read more]

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[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] urged sweeping reform of the American financial regulatory system in a speech [text] on his economic revitalization plan to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. His address, which came less than a week after he signed into law [JURIST report] the $787 [read more]

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