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Legal news from Monday, December 14, 2009
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday dismissed [order list, PDF] the final challenge to the sale of Chrysler Group assets to Italian automaker Fiat [corporate websites]. The Court granted, vacated, and remanded Indiana State Police Pension Trust v. Chrysler [docket], an appeal from a [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's former lawyer on Saturday asked the British attorney general for consent to prosecute former prime minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive] for violations of the Geneva Conventions [materials]. Giovanni di Stefano, who represents former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [JURIST news archive], sent a [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese leaders reached an agreement Sunday for a referendum on independence for the south. The agreement was reached between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) [party website] of President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) [FAS backgrounder] of Salva Kiir [BBC [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] At least four justices on the Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] believe the court should hear cases stemming from this month's imposition of martial law [Proclamation 1959 text, PDF] in the province of Maguindanao, despite petitions to declare those cases moot after martial law was lifted [JURIST [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government has begun reviewing its security certificate [IRPA text; PSC Backgrounder] system, which allows the government to deport residents who pose a threat to national security, the Canadian Press (CP) [media website] reported [text] Sunday. The government may consider making significant changes to the law or abolishing [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese prosecutors formerly charged prominent rights activist Liu Xiaobo on Saturday with inciting subversion. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter 08 [text], a petition calling for political reforms in the country. Liu [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] a lawsuit by four UK citizens and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees against former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] and other military officials. The Court denied certiorari [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In City of Ontario v. Quon [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team member has a reasonable expectation of privacy in [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Libya is making strides towards greater transparency and acknowledgment of human rights, but still has a long way to go, according to a report [text; press release] published Saturday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, entitled "Libya: Truth and Justice Can't Wait," is a follow up [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official websites] said Friday that a leaked memo [text] signals that the US government intends to transfer Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) [DOC backgrounder] in northwestern Illinois. The memo from the attorney general, [read more]

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