Legal news from Wednesday, November 11, 2009
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] on Wednesday unveiled [press release] its plans for the retention of DNA profiles [JURIST news archive] in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The new proposals limit the amount of time DNA and fingerprint records of innocent people can be retained on the national [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday on behalf of US citizen Amir Meshal, alleging that FBI agents were involved in his interrogation and rendition in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia in 2007. The suit, filed in the US District Court for [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for four Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] filed a petition for certiorari [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday, raising issues with the government policy for transferring detainees to other locations. The case, known as Kiyemba II, is an appeal [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri [official profile] vetoed legislation [text, PDF] on Tuesday that would have allowed domestic partners, including those in same-sex relationships, to claim the body of their partner and to make funeral arrangements. Neither domestic partnerships or civil unions are recognized in Rhode Island, and the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Minority groups in northern Iraq have been the target of attacks [press release] by Sunni Arab extremist groups and harassment by Kurdish forces because of ongoing disputes with the country's central government, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. HRW alleges that [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A jury US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] found former Bear Stearns [corporate website] hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi [BusinessWeek profile] and Matthew Tannin [Huffington Post profile] not guilty of federal securities-related charges Tuesday. While Cioffi alone was charged with insider trading, both [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Cambodian government on Tuesday refused Thailand's request to extradite former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], escalating a political row that threatens to destabilize the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website]. Shinawatra arrived in Cambodia earlier this week and [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that license plates produced by the state bearing a picture of a cross in front of a stained glass window and the words "I Believe" violate the US Constitution. Judge [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Tuesday ordered the country's government to extend adoption rights to a gay woman. The court held that French adoption law [Article VIII French Civil Code], which currently allows single people to adopt children but bars same-sex partners from doing so, illegally discriminates [Le Monde report, [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Banking Committee [official website] chair Chris Dodd (D-CT) [official website] introduced Tuesday wide-ranging financial regulatory legislation [draft text, PDF; summary, PDF] designed to limit systemic risk to the country's economy. If passed, the bill would introduce a single federal bank regulator, create a consumer financial protection agency, [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile] was executed by lethal injection Tuesday night after Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine [official website] rejected Muhammad's request for clemency and refused to suspend [press release] the execution. The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday had denied [order, PDF; JURIST report] [read more]

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