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13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday invited [press release and letter] former head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] and federal judge Jay Bybee [official profile], who signed off on memos detailing the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican military is failing to hold its members accountable for human rights abuses, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. According to the report, the use of the military by President Felipe Calderon [official website] to combat drug [read more]

11:04 EDT

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11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Wednesday that Congress should eliminate the sentencing disparities [recorded audio] between crimes committed involving crack and powder cocaine. The statements came during a hearing [materials] of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs [official website]. Assistant Attorney [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] reaffirmed [press conference transcript] Wednesday his position that the controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding amounts to torture [JURIST news archives] and defended his decision to ban use of the technique [JURIST report]. Speaking at a press conference marking his first 100 days [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [HR 1913 materials] that would expand protection from hate crimes [JURIST news archive] by broadening the category of violations defined in the current law. The bill, which was approved by a vote of 249-175 [roll call vote], [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who were captured as juveniles called for their release Wednesday, the same day as the UN Security Council [official website] held an open meeting on children in armed conflict. Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday decided [writ, PDF, in Spanish] to initiate an investigation into torture allegations at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] made by four former prisoners held at the facility. Garzon said he based his decision on statements from Hamed Abderrahman [read more]

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