Legal news from Tuesday, December 15, 2009
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration said Tuesday that it plans to purchase [presidential memoranda] the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) [DOC backgrounder] in northwestern Illinois to house inmates from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. In a letter [text, PDF] to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website], the secretary of state, secretary of [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] to be performed in Washington, DC. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009 [text, PDF] passed with a vote of [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Canadian Federal Court [official website] on Monday struck down a security certificate [IRPA text; PSC Backgrounder] that deemed Syrian-born Toronto resident Hassan Almrei a threat to national security. The security certificate law, which is used to arrest and deport non-Canadians considered threats to national security, [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The African Court on Human and People's Rights (AfCHPR) [official website] issued its first decision [judgment, PDF] Tuesday, finding that it lacks jurisdiction to hear a case against Senegal on whether charges against former Chadian president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] should be dropped. Chadian national Michelot [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] British government lawyers argued Monday that two UK High Court judges acted irresponsibly when they ruled [judgment text] last month that the details of the detention of Binyam Mohamed [JURIST news archive] in Pakistan in 2002 must be released [JURIST report]. Lawyers representing Foreign Secretary David Miliband [official profile] [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [transcript, PDF] Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Musa'ab Al-Madhwani's petition for habeas corpus, ruling that the government may continue to detain him. Judge Thomas Hogan excluded from evidence statements made [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a raid of tax-preparer's office in order to build identify theft cases against suspected illegal immigrants was a violation of the immigrants' Fourth Amendment [text] rights. In 2008, investigators raided [Denver Post report] Amalia's Tax and Translation, which [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A British magistrate court issued an arrest warrant Monday for Israel's opposition chairwoman on war crimes charges relating to Israel's Gaza offensive [JURIST news archive] earlier this year, but withdrew the warrant after discovering she wasn't in the country. Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni [official website, in Hebrew] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] announced [press release] Monday that they are extending and continuing a lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh for allegedly violating the rights of two protest groups during September's Group of 20 (G-20) [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian] on Monday declared [press release, PDF; in Romanian] incumbent Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] winner of the country's disputed presidential election. The court unanimously rejected a complaint by Basescu's opponent, Social Democrat Mircea Geoana [campaign website, in Romanian], to [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official profile] on Monday announced [remarks; video] the Obama administration's human rights agenda, emphasizing human rights, democracy, and development. Speaking at Georgetown University just days after US President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, Clinton said that "a commitment to human rights [read more]

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