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Legal news from Tuesday, March 10, 2009
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] issued a memorandum [text] Monday that proposes to limit the use of attaching presidential signing statements [1993 DOJ backgrounder] which raise constitutional or other legal questions before bills are signed into law. The memorandum suggested parameters for the disregard of statutory provisions based [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Tuesday arrested 56 people charged with plotting to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website], including two retired generals. They were arrested [Reuters report] after the Istanbul prosecutor issued an indictment linking them to the Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder] group case. The group is [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian government on Tuesday asked the country's Constitutional Court [official website] to dismiss kidnapping charges against US and Italian intelligence officers, arguing that allowing the case to go forward would harm the country's national security interests. The case involves 26 Americans being tried in absentia and five former [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit by Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi that challenged his confinement based on a request [text, PDF] from al-Sharbi himself. According to al-Sharbi's attorney, [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday said that there will be an investigation into the failure of Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to report his earnings while on sabbatical in the US. Garzon, famed for indicting Osama bin Laden [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin] of China will take steps to eliminate judicial corruption, according to a report delivered Tuesday to second session of the Eleventh National People's Congress [official website] by Chief Justice Wang Shengjun [official profile, in Mandarin]. Wang reported that that 712 court [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Head of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) [official website] Ziaul Islam said Tuesday that there are no plans in place to lift the ban on several websites that have posted a recording in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [official profile, BBC profile] is criticized by army officers over [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A group of lawyers called Monday for the formation of an International Finance Court to adjudicate the issues around the Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] fraud case. The Madoff Case Global Alliance of Law Firms, established last month [press release, DOC] at a meeting in Spain, aims to form [read more]

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