Legal news from Friday, December 4, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Enforcement of various civil rights laws decreased during the Bush administration, according to a report [text, PDF; summary] released Thursday by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website]. The GAO studied the activities of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] between [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST's Paper Chase legal news service has been named as one of the "100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers" as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association. Ranking Paper Chase among their top 12 legal news websites, the [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The State of Texas executed death row inmate Bobby Wayne Woods [TDCJ profile] by lethal injection Thursday, over the objections of lawyers who argued Woods was mentally impaired and thus could not be executed under federal law. Defense lawyers argued that Woods's IQ fell below 70, a number used [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia is cooperating with the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] presented [statement, PDF] Thursday to the UN Security Council [official website] by Chief War Crimes Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [official profile]. Brammertz noted [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's Supreme Court has agreed to consider an appeal by opposition pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] against the 18-month extension of her house arrest, officials said Friday. Suu Kyi's lawyers filed the appeal last month after a lower court rejected [JURIST reports] an [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the US government may partially amend the charges against Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ibrahim Ahmed al Qosi [DOD materials] by changing his jurisdictional basis, but may not include four additional years of alleged activities under the charges. In [read more]

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