Legal news from Thursday, April 2, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [H.R. 1256 text, PDF] Thursday that would give the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [agency website] the authority to regulate the market for tobacco products. The bill, entitled the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF; order, PDF] Thursday that three detainees being held at Bagram Air Base [official website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Afghanistan can proceed with habeas corpus challenges to their detention. The court's order rejects [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) [official website, in Chinese] announced [Xinhua report] Wednesday that it would conduct a review of its prison system in response to the deaths of at least five inmates since February. The suspicious deaths include [China Daily report] the death of two minors, the death on an inmate which [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] has asked Lebanese authorities to turn over documents [order, PDF] related to the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], according to a court order released Wednesday. The STL, established under UN Security Council Resolution 1757 [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty members of the Japanese parliament, the National Diet, formed a nonpartisan group [Japan Times report] Wednesday in order to delay the implementation of a lay judge system in the country. The group has concerns over rules governing disclosure and trial duration, along with the belief that the members [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [H.R. 1664 materials] Wednesday which allows the Treasury Department [official website] to ban certain types of compensation at companies which receive federal bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The Pay for Performance Act of 2009, which [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that Venezuela would be willing to accept detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. Chavez made his statements in an interview [El Universal report, in Spanish] with Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera [media website] while attending [read more]

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