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Legal news from Monday, November 16, 2009
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors from the five major international tribunals on Monday called on member states [press release] "to seriously consider the adoption of a convention on the Suppression and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity." The statement came at the end of a three-day convention and reitereated the need to fight against [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court on Monday reopened the tax fraud trial of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile], but immediately adjourned it until January as a result of official business. Berlusconi was unable to attend the hearing as a result of a global food summit in [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued a summary decision [opinion, PDF] on Monday in Wong v. Belmontes [docket; cert. petition, PDF], finding that a defendant's attorney was not required to present mitigating evidence that could have given prosecutors an opportunity to discuss a previous murder [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Monday handed over its detention facility [press release, PDF] to the Sierra Leone Prison Service in a monumental step towards the court's resolution. The Sierra Leone Prison Service will use the facility, which meets international standards, to house female [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] International human rights officials toured the new US detention facility in Parwan, Afghanistan, at the edge of Bagram Air Base [official website] on Sunday. The new facility [NYT report], which has room for 1,400 detainees, is part of the Obama administration's wider efforts to improve its Afghan detainee system [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Magwood v. Culliver [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The court limited its grant of certiorari to the first question presented, whether "[w]hen a person is resentenced after having obtained federal habeas relief from [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Republican leaders on Sunday expressed strong opposition to the Obama administration's plan to pursue federal charges [JURIST report] against five men accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive]. Ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee [official website] Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) [official website] told [transcript, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) and US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official websites] expressed support [press release] Sunday for the Obama administration's proposal to move Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to a facility in Northwestern Illinois. The Obama administration is reportedly evaluating [JURIST report] the Thomson Correctional Facility [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama acknowledged [press release] Sunday that it is unlikely that the December UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) [official website] in Copenhagen, Denmark, will produce a legally binding agreement addressing global climate change. Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman said that it is [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] on Friday invoked his authority to bar public disclosure of about 40 photos depicting the abuse of Afghan and Iraqi detainees by US soldiers. The move was followed by a notification and request by the Obama administration asking the US Supreme Court [read more]

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