Legal news from Friday, March 20, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [summary order, PDF] Friday that Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] must remain in jail as he awaits sentencing. The ruling affirms last week's ruling by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chief of staff to former US secretary of state Colin Powell [JURIST news archive] Lawrence Wilkerson criticized US terrorism detention practices Thursday, saying that authorities were holding innocent civilians as terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center. Wilkerson's comments echoed earlier statements he made on [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Brazilian Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Thursday confirmed the rights of indigenous peoples [press release, in Portuguese] to land on the Raposa Serra do Sol [Estadao backgrounder, in Portuguese] reservation and set out 19 rules to guide court in similar cases in the future. The 10 [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] against a federal rule [50 CFR § 27.42 text] that permits the possession of "concealed, loaded and operable" hand guns in national parks and wildlife refuges in [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday new guidelines [memorandum, PDF] for complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. The new guidelines, designed to increase transparency in government, willrescind the Attorney General's FOIA Memorandum of October 12, 2001, which stated that the Department [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [H.R. 1586 text, PDF] Thursday that would tax bonuses given to employees of companies that received money from government stimulus programs at 90 percent. The bill, which was passed by a vote of 328-93 [roll call vote], was drafted [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday confirmed [materials; HLS press release] Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan [professional profile] as Solicitor General [official website] by a vote of 61-31. Kagan, the first woman to hold the office, faced opposition from Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] during Senate [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] said Thursday that it would conduct an internal investigation into reports that Israeli soldiers have committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians. The announcement follows soldiers' reports of civilian killings [Haaretz reports] and vandalism under liberal rules of engagement during a recent operation [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government on Friday detained a former soldier who has called for an investigation into the 1989 killings of pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder]. Chinese human rights organization Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch (CRLW) [official website, in Chinese] said that Zhang Shijun, a former member of [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi reportedly committed suicide Wednesday after serving one month of a 30-month prison sentence for insulting Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [BBC profile; official profile]. Both the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHR) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy websites] reported that Mirsayafi [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] ruled [order, PDF] in an order made public Thursday that defense contractor CACI International [corporate website] is not immune from a lawsuit brought by Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] torture victims, denying CACI's motion [read more]

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