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Legal news from Tuesday, January 5, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A White House spokesperson said Tuesday that the US government will suspend transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen [JURIST news archives]. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the announcement at his daily briefing [transcript] amid increasing political pressure not to transfer any more detainees to Yemen after [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli officials said Tuesday that a military delegation had canceled a trip to the UK over fears that they would be arrested on war crimes charges for their involvement in last year's Operation Cast Lead [Global Security Backgrounder] in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the president has broad authority to detain suspected terrorists, finding that the detention of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ghaleb Nassar Al-Bihani [NYT materials] is authorized under domestic law. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Andal Ampatuan Jr., mayor of the southern Philippine town of Datu Unsay, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 41 counts of murder related to the November massacre in Maguindanao province that left 57 dead. Prosecutors allege [NYT report] that Ampatuan and a large group of his men took a [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Tuesday warned opposition activists that they could execution if they continue anti-government protests. Najjar's statement [Reuters report] came one day after the Intelligence Ministry announced that several foreigners [Tehran Times report] were among those arrested in last month's violent protests [JURIST report]. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The two parties in a prosecutorial immunity dispute before the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] announced a settlement [press release, PDF] Monday, ending the case. The case was Pottawattamie County v. McGhee [docket], in which the Court had been asked to consider whether a prosecutor may [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Civil rights groups on Monday opposed stricter screening procedures [TSA press release] for passengers entering the US from 14 countries, calling the measures unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] called on [press release] the US government to "adhere to longstanding standards of individualized suspicion and enact [read more]

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