Legal news from Tuesday, June 9, 2009
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [press release] the violence perpetrated against civilians in Mogadishu, Somalia, during an uptick in fighting between government and militia forces over the weekend, as a violation of international human rights law. Calling the treatment [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile] will begin on July 13, as announced [statement text] Tuesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy [official websites]. The committee released a schedule [fact sheet, PDF] for the process that attempts to follow a time [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution [official website] on Tuesday heard testimony [materials; video] regarding the "legal, moral and national security impact" of long-term, indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspects. Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] said that the hearing was intended [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee was transferred [press release] to New York on Tuesday to face criminal charges for his alleged terrorist activities, marking the first time a detainee from the facility has been brought to the US for prosecution. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile], who has [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] Leon Panetta [official profile] said Monday that the release of agency documents describing detainee interrogations would damage national security [affidavit, PDF]. In an affidavit filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], Panetta [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] said Monday that the FBI will continue investigating mosques when there may be evidence or information regarding criminal wrongdoings. Mueller's defense [AP report] of such investigations followed a complaint sent to US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] from the Council of Islamic [read more]

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[JURIST] A $15.5 million settlement [press release] was reached Monday between Royal Dutch Shell PLC [corporate website] and the families of nine Nigerian activists who were killed in 1995. The settlement came [WSJ report] as the case was scheduled to go to trial in the US District Court for the [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [official profile, PDF] on Monday ordered [order, PDF] a temporary stay of the pending sale of Chrysler Group assets to Italian automaker Fiat [corporate websites]. The stay allows [NYT report] the full Court more time to decide whether it will [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Pietrangelo v. Gates, in which the Court was asked to review the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy [10 USC § 654 text; HRC backgrounder], under which openly gay servicemen and women are subject to [read more]

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