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Legal news from Friday, November 13, 2009
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said Friday that Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] will likely be tried in the US military commission [JURIST news archive] system. Speaking during a news conference Friday after announcing [JURIST report] that five 9/11 [JURIST news archive] [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The White House announced [press release] Friday that Gregory Craig [WhoRunsGov profile] is resigning as White House Counsel and will be replaced by Bob Bauer [profile profile], Obama's personal attorney. Craig's resignation [letter, PDF], effective in January, comes after months of criticism of his management of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek Orthodox Church [church website] is urging Europeans to unite in protesting a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] decision [judgment, in French] to ban the crucifix from state schools, according to Thursday reports. The Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, Ieronymos of Thebes and Livadia [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed an appeal in Myanmar's highest court on Friday challenging the 18-month extension of her house arrest. The head of Suu Kyi's legal team Kyi Win said that now that the appeal [AFP report] has been submitted [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Friday announced [transcript; press release] that the government will pursue federal charges against five men accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive]. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash, Ali Abdul-Aziz Ali, and [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [official website] Director of Defense and Strategic Threats, Simon Manley, criticized [Guardian report] Britain's High Court Thursday for jeopardizing national security by ordering the public release of evidence [judgment, PDF] of alleged torture of terrorism suspects. Manley accused the British judges of eroding [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] filed a new plan [text, PDF] Thursday for reducing prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive] in the state. The new plan includes revisions made possible because of legislative enactments, including summary parole for lower-level offenses to reduce the amount of [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Salt Lake City Council [official website] has passed an a ordinance [text, PDF] prohibiting employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) [church website] gave its support. The ordinance, passed unanimously on Tuesday, makes Salt Lake City the [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US government on Thursday amended a complaint against Islamic charity the Alavi Foundation [organization website] to include a request for the seizure of assets, including four mosques, claiming that the organization is actually controlled by the Iranian government. The amended complaint [text], originally filed in 2008, alleges that [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 18,000 refugees have been unfairly denied permanent residency or asylum [press release] in the US due to the expanding definition of "terrorist activity" in the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] and Real ID Act [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, [read more]

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