Legal news from Wednesday, December 9, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The co-investigating judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] released an order [text, PDF] Wednesday that will allow the use of the controversial legal concept of joint criminal enterprise (JCE) [CTM backgrounder] to prosecute surviving Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] leaders [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether imposing class arbitration on parties is consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [9 USC § [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge ruled Tuesday that British Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Shaker Aamer must have access to secret documents that may contain evidence of torture. Aamer, the only British citizen remaining at the US military prison, petitioned the court [AP report] for access to the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights conditions in 12 Arab nations continued to deteriorate last year, according to a report [text, PDF, in Arabic; synopsis, PDF] issued Tuesday by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) [advocacy website]. The publication, entitled "Bastion of Impunity, Mirage of Reform," is the group's second annual [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge on the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday reduced the sentences of two men convicted of spying for Cuba as part of the so-called "Cuban Five" [advocacy website; JURIST news archive]. Judge Joan Lenard reduced [Miami Herald report] the life sentence of [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US government announced [press release] Tuesday that a settlement agreement [text, PDF] worth more than $3.4 billion has been reached in a 13-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs' website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds [DOI materials] for a group of some 500,000 [read more]

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