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Legal news from Thursday, April 30, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Wednesday invited former head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and federal judge Jay Bybee, who signed off on memos detailing the legal rationale for enhanced interrogation techniques, to testify before the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Mexican military is failing to hold its members accountable for human rights abuses, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to the report, the use of the military by President Felipe Calderon to combat drug cartels has resulted in human rights violations by soldiers, including …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST has been nominated in New York for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2009. By virtue of being a nominee, JURIST is eligible for the Webby People's Voice award in addition to the judge's award. We hope you'll support JURIST and our staff of dedicated law students by voting for us! This your last …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Officials from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday that Congress should eliminate the sentencing disparities between crimes committed involving crack and powder cocaine. The statements came during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer testified …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday his position that the controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding amounts to torture and defended his decision to ban use of the technique. Speaking at a press conference marking his first 100 days in office, Obama again said that the US has "rejected …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would expand protection from hate crimes by broadening the category of violations defined in the current law. The bill, which was approved by a vote of 249-175, would expand the definition of hate crimes to include attacks …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees who were captured as juveniles called for their release Wednesday, the same day as the UN Security Council held an open meeting on children in armed conflict. Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was 14 or 15 when he allegedly killed …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon on Wednesday decided to initiate an investigation into torture allegations at Guantanamo Bay made by four former prisoners held at the facility. Garzon said he based his decision on statements from Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed, Lahcen Ikassrien, Jamiel Abdul Latiff Al Banna, and Omar …

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