Legal news from Tuesday, April 21, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he would not rule out the possibility of prosecuting [transcript] lawyers responsible for authoring memos released last week [JURIST report] outlining CIA interrogation policies. Obama had previously said that he would not pursue prosecutions of CIA interrogators [statement], a pledge which drew [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] in two cases. In Safford United School District No. 1 v. Redding [oral arguments transcript; JURIST report], the Court will consider whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits public school officials from conducting [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish judge on Tuesday charged Jurdan Martitegi Lizaso [El Pais backgrounder, in Spanish], the alleged leader of the Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] with murder for allegedly executing a car bomb in May 2008 that killed a Spanish policeman. Three other ETA members were [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for imprisoned US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday appealed her recent conviction for espionage [JURIST report]. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary reportedly said that he hoped her eight-year sentence would be changed [Reuters report]. On Monday, Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that the Obama administration doesn't have a plan to deal with detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] once the facility closes. McConnell, speaking before the Senate, called the facilities at the military prison "safe and [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his former business partner Platon Lebedev pleaded not guilty [RIA Novosti report] Monday to charges of money laundering and embezzlement. Khodorkovsky made two statements to the court, one reflecting his opinion on the charges, and the other specifically [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued three opinions Tuesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] in Ministry of Defense and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran v. Elahi [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the brother of dissident Cyrus Elahi, assassinated [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's Eleventh Criminal Court in Ankara on Monday granted permission for a case involving the 2006 killing of a senior judge by lawyer Alparslan Aslan to be merged with a larger case against alleged Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder] coup leaders. Ergenekon is accused of planning to destabilize the country's Justice and Development Party (AKP) [official website, in [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Delegates to the UN Durban Review Conference on Racism [official website] walked out of a speech [text, PDF] on Monday by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; JURIST news archive] after he described Israel as "totally racist." Additionally, a protester dressed as a clown threw his rubber nose at [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Monday defended [speech transcript] his recent decision to release [DOJ press release, JURIST report] memos describing interrogation methods employed by CIA [official website] officials in questioning Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. He made the remarks to CIA officials who had expressed concern that their release would compromise the agency's ability to [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Rwandan court rejected a lawsuit brought by captured Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader Laurent Nkunda [BBC profile] seeking his release from Rwandan custody. Nkunda was apprehended by Rwandan authorities in January near the DRC border after a joint DRC-Rwandan military operation to capture him and root [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] issued a restraining order Monday that protects from bankruptcy more than $100 million in assets of financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive]. Chin signed the order to protect assets that will likely [read more]

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