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Legal news from Thursday, September 17, 2009
17:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former Rwandan government official pleaded guilty [press release] Thursday to one count of complicity in genocide before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Michel Bagaragaza [ICTR materials; Trial Watch profile] accepted charges that he funded, trained, and provided weapons to the Interahamwe [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], an [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled Thursday that the City of Pittsburgh [official website] must allow a tent city protest during next week's Group of 20 (G-20) [official website] summit [official website], but that it could deny permits to [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson [official profile] said Wednesday that the government will conduct a review of the control order [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] house arrest system in light of a June Law Lords ruling [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] requiring the government to let detainees know generally what [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Virginia court on Wednesday set a November 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile], who was convicted of murder in 2005 for his role in a series of DC-area sniper shootings [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors had sought to schedule [AP report] the execution for Monday, November [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday sought a two-month delay [brief, PDF] in trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] while new options are considered. While trials have been on hold since President Barack Obama announced the planned closure of Guanatanamo [JURIST report] in January, the government declared [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] California courts were closed Wednesday in the first of what will be a monthly shut down of the judiciary in an effort to reduce the state's budget gap. The closures were authorized as part of California Code 68070 [text], which allows for closure of the courts one day per [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] addressed the FBI's role in leading the new specialized interrogation group to question top terrorist suspects as well as many other topics in a wide ranging oversight hearing [materials; recorded video] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday. Mueller said that the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that they would reconsider 2008 national smog standards regulations [text] to ensure accuracy and public health. After a thorough review of the scientific methods behind the existing standards, the EPA will propose revisions by December and [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US closed [press release] the Camp Bucca [backgrounder] prison facility in Southern Iraq Wednesday, pursuant to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [text, PDF]. The remaining detainees were transferred from Camp Bucca, once the largest US detention facility in Iraq, to the two remaining US prison facilities, Camp [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar authorities have denied [AFP report] a request from opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to attend arguments on her appeal, her National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website] party told the Agence France-Presse Wednesday. NLD spokesperson and lawyer for Suu Kyi, Nyan [read more]

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