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15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] in two cases on Tuesday. In Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company [oral arguments transcript, PDF] the Court heard arguments on whether they should adopt a constitutional standard for requiring state judges to [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday released [press release] two memoranda and seven opinions authored by the White House Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] during the presidency of George W. Bush [JURIST news archive], supporting the administration's counter-terrorism policies. The opinions, dated between 2001 [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] acknowledged Monday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] has destroyed [letter, PDF] 92 videotapes of terrorism suspect interrogations [JURIST news archive]. The acknowledgment came in response to an August 2008 judicial order [text, PDF] that the CIA turn over [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] should take steps to improve the enforcement of international justice, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] issued Tuesday by Aegis Trust [advocacy website], an advocacy group dedicated to eliminating genocide. The report, entitled "The Enforcement of Criminal Law," proposes reforms [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive], on trial for crimes against humanity [press release, PDF; JURIST report], have been ordered [text, PDF] to remove documents relating to their case from a website within 48 hours or face sanctions. Judges [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN on Monday appointed [UN press release release] five new judges to serve on the UN Dispute Tribunal, and seven new judges, including one American, to the UN Appeals Tribunal. The tribunals were authorized in 2007, pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 62/228 [text, PDF], and the appeals [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese courts have begun accepting lawsuits against dairy companies in the contaminated milk scandal [JURIST news archive], a court official announced Monday, departing from their previous policy. Shen Deyong, executive vice president of the Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin], China's highest court, made the announcement the day [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] More than 100 Serbian judges, prosecutors, and legal professionals prevented the opening of the first EU-backed trial [EULEX press release, PDF] in Kosovo by protesting in front of the Mitrovica [OSCE profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] court house Monday. A panel of three judges had been set to preside [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decided two cases Tuesday. In Summers v. Earth Island Institute [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] the Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 that a group of environmentalists cannot sue to have a Forest Service regulation struck down, as they are limited [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] One in 31 US adults are on probation, in prison, or on parole, according to a report [text; press release] released Monday by the Pew Center on the States [advocacy website]. The report found that men are five times more likely than women to be under correctional control, although [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Monday reaffirmed his opposition [speech text] to waterboarding [JURIST news archive] as an acceptable interrogation device. In a speech before the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Holder emphasized the need to return to the ideals of the US.As I unequivocally stated [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraq Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] convicted Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday of murder and sentenced him to a third death sentence, while acquitting former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Al-Majid, better known in the Western Media [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean human rights activist Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website, JURIST news archive] was released on bail Monday after three months of detention on the authorization of President Robert Mugabe [JURIST news archive]. Mukoko, director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) [official website], had been held without chargers since December and [read more]

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