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Legal news from Monday, March 16, 2009
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] characterized CIA tactics used against terrorism suspects as constituting torture in a confidential 2007 report, according an article [text; press release] published in the New York Review of Books earlier this month. Author Mark Danner [personal website] wrote that he was able to [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wireless communications company Qualcomm [corporate website] announced [press release] Monday that the US District Court for the Southern District of California [official website] has dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit against it by longtime corporate rival Broadcom [corporate website] asking the court to declare several Qualcomm patents exhausted and unenforceable. [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [BBC profile] said in a radio interview [transcript, in German] Sunday that the German government must more strictly enforce its gun-control laws. Merkel's comments came less than a week after 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer shot and killed 16 people [AP reports] in southern Germany. Authorities believe [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile] announced Monday that the government will reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] in response to recent protests by members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and opposition politicians and supporters. In a [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The number of immigrants detained by the US has drastically increased over the last decade, according to an AP report [text] issued Sunday. A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website; JURIST news archive] database, obtain by the AP through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 16 human rights investigators and judges "shocked to the core" by the events during the most recent Gaza conflict [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have called for a full investigation of possible violations of the Geneva Conventions [link to texts] in an open letter [text] addressed [read more]

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