Legal news from Thursday, February 26, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday voted 87-11 [roll call] to approve an amendment [S.Amdt. 573 text, PDF] that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine [MBC backgrounder]. Under the doctrine, which was struck down by the FCC in 1987, broadcast licenses could [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US citizen and al Qaeda member Christopher Paul was sentenced [DOJ press release] to 20 years in prison Thursday for conspiring to conduct a terrorist bombing campaign against targets in the US and Europe. Paul was sentenced by Judge Gregory Frost [official profile] of the US District Court for [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday sentenced former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo [JURIST news archive] to 37 months in prison for wire fraud related to charges that he accepted bribes in return for granting federal defense contracts. Foggo was originally [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton [official profile] gave a statement [MOD press release] to the UK House of Commons [official website] Thursday providing details of participation with US forces in the rendition of terrorism suspects from Iraq to US detention in Afghanistan, possibly by way of [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday confirmed the Obama administration's intention to close Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in 2010 despite his belief that the facility is now well-run and that detainees are treated appropriately by guards. After visiting the prison [JURIST report] earlier [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] in two cases on Wednesday. In Flores-Figueroa v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether a federal "aggravated identity theft" statute [18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1)] applies only to individuals who knowingly [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] China's Information Office of the State Council [official website, in Mandarin] issued its now-annual report [text] on violations of human rights in and by the United States Thursday a day after the US State Department scolded China [report text] for a variety of human rights abuses in its annual [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US Green Beret was found not guilty [press release] at court-martial Wednesday of murder and mutilating a dead body [UCMJ texts] in connection with the March 2008 killing of an Afghan man near Hyderabad, Afghanistan. Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Joseph Newell of the 3rd Special Forces Group [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [official profile] has called for a review [materials] of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] workplace immigration raid [press release] that occurred in Bellingham, Washington on Tuesday. In a Wednesday hearing, Napolitano told lawmakers that she was not made aware [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profile] announced [materials] on Wednesday that the Committee is set to begin hearings on the creation of a truth commission charged with investigating the national security policies of the George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] administration. Speaking on the Senate floor, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] released a new report [text, PDF; report materials] on Thursday stating that Germany's bans on religious clothing and symbols, particularly those focused on the headscarves [JURIST news archive] worn by Muslim women, are discriminatory and violate international human rights standards. The report details the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic [TrialWatch profile; ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] on Thursday was acquitted [judgment summary, PDF; press release] of all charges [case materials] of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Also Thursday, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [DOS materials]. Announcing the release [Flash video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Lebanon on Wednesday granted bail to three men suspected of involvement in the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The judge did not explain why he released [YaLibnan report, AP report] them within days of the planned start-up [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Wednesday found three former guerrilla leaders guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity [press release] for their roles in the country's civil war. Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon, and Augustine Gbao are the three highest-ranking surviving Revolutionary United [read more]

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