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Legal news from Wednesday, April 8, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Colonel Patrick Parrish ruled Tuesday that Pentagon officials lacked the authority to dismiss Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler [JURIST news archive] as defense counsel for Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials, JURIST news archive]. Chief defense counsel Colonel Peter Masciola reassigned Kuebler [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Lhasa Municipal Intermediate People's Court in China sentenced two Tibetans to death on Wednesday for their involvement in the March 2008 Lhasa riots [advocacy backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The two men were found guilty [Xinhua report] of starting fires that led to several deaths. Three other men received [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday sentenced former Revolutionary Union Front (RUF) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] commanders Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon, and Augustine Gbao to jail terms of 52, 40, and 25 years, respectively. The three men were each found guilty [JURIST report] [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights activists in Russia are being attacked with greater frequency, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin [official profile] said Wednesday in an interview with Vesti television [media website, in Russian]. Lukin was responding [Interfax report] to the recent beating [AI press release] of Lev Ponomarev, leader of advocacy [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a female Muslim police officer is not entitled to wear a religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while on duty. Officer Kimberlie Webb of the Philadelphia Police Department was appealing the ruling [opinion, PDF] [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The conviction [JURIST report] of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday was met with widespread approval from the current Peruvian government and human rights organizations. Peruvian Prime Minister Yehuda Simon [official website, in Spanish] said that the verdict highlighted the country's judicial autonomy [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that US courts cannot prevent the government from transferring detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to foreign countries on the grounds that detainees may face prosecution or torture in the foreign country. [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday it is working with the UN to organize war crimes [JURIST news archive] prosecutions for alleged violations stemming from the country's 1971 War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan [JURIST news archive] and is considering trial in the International Criminal [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Justice Ian MacDonnell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) [official website], Canada's federal police force and the country's largest law enforcement entity, can form unions. MacDonnell's ruling struck down a portion of the [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court in Baghdad on Tuesday reduced the sentence for the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoe at former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] from three years to one year. Lawyers for Muntadar al-Zaidi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] based their appeal on [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the District of Columbia [official website] voted Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed outside of Washington, DC. The bill, proposed by DC Councilman Phil Mendelson [official website], was approved by a 12-0 vote. A number of council members applauded the vote, citing its [read more]

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