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Legal news from Thursday, April 23, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan prosecutors brought piracy charges Thursday against 18 Somali nationals who were captured at sea by European naval forces over the past two months and handed over to the Kenyan authorities. The suspected pirates [DW report] were captured by French and German forces off the Somali coast, where they [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] prison head Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," testified in court Thursday that he trained staff to elicit confessions from prisoners through torture. Kaing also testified [AFP report] before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday adopted a new standard [opinion, PDF] for authorizing and reviewing the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] proffered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] last month. The [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A London High Court [official website] judge said Wednesday that the court will issue an order for the release of classified US intelligence relating to the detention of Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST news archive] if the UK government does not request the information within seven days. Lord Justice [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] on Wednesday released a report [text] by the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] indicating that former attorney general John Ashcroft and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in 2002 approved the use of waterboarding and other extreme interrogation techniques [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Jerry Brown [official website] said [opinion letter, PDF] Wednesday that portions of Proposition 209 [text], an amendment to the California Constitution [text] banning the use of affirmative action for state hiring, contracting, or university admission, may violate the US Constitution. Brown made the statement in a letter to the Supreme Court of California [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Connecticut General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [HB 7395 materials] granting same-sex couples [JURIST news archive] the right to marry. The legislation codified the October ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the Connecticut Supreme Court [official website], which held that the Connecticut Constitution [text] requires [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ordered [text, PDF] Wednesday that Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive], detained since he was a teenager, be allowed to challenge his detention in federal courts without [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has filed a motion to dismiss [text] a lawsuit brought against Iran by hostages from the 1979 hostage situation [backgrounder] in Tehran. The class-action lawsuit, brought by from former hostages Charles Scot, David Roeder, Don Sharer, and the family of Barry [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Moldova [official website] on Wednesday validated the recount results of the April 5 election in which the Communist Party won 60 of the 101 parliamentary seats. The court issued two acts [MOLDPRES report], which cannot be appealed and are official as of the day adopted, [read more]

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