Legal news from Friday, May 8, 2009
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US military contractor who pleaded guilty [press release; JURIST report] in February to voluntary manslaughter for the 2008 shooting of an Afghan detainee was sentenced in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Friday to five years probation and a $12,500 fine. Don [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] will maintain [press release] a controversial Bush-era rule [text, PDF; DOI backgrounder] that limits how polar bears are protected from global warming [JURIST news archive], Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar [official profile] announced Friday. Salazar had received special permission [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday proposed $17 billion in cuts to the fiscal year 2010 federal budget, including cutting $400 million [proposals, PDF] from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) [program website]. SCAAP is a program that subsidizes state and local governments for the costs [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Croatian parliament member Branimir Glavas [TrialWatch backgrounder] was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison [Javno report] for the killing of Serbian civilians during the Croatian war of independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Glavas stood accused of ordering the torture and death of Croatian Serbs in the town of Osijek [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] on Thursday convicted former Pfc. Steven D. Green [JURIST news archive] of the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive], and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya. Prosecutors had previously elected [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Newly-declared Democratic Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) [official website] was appointed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs [official website] on Thursday. Specter received [press release] that post from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official website] who voluntarily gave up his position as chairman and is expected to [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that local ordinances prohibiting convicted sex offenders (CSOs) from living near schools, playgrounds, and other public areas were preempted by the state's Megan's Law [text] and, therefore, invalid. The court affirmed a July 2008 decision [JURIST report] in [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] the "Keep Terrorists Out of America Act," which would require approval from a state's governor and legislature before Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees could be transferred or released into it. Under the the [read more]

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