Legal news from Thursday, January 7, 2010
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] About 12 percent of youth held in US juvenile detention facilities reported being sexually abused in the past year, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) [official website]. According to the report, about 2.6 percent of youth reported an incident [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US security firm Blackwater [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday reached a settlement agreement in seven federal lawsuits filed by Iraqi citizens. The suits claimed that Blackwater, now known as Xe, created a reckless culture [AP report] that resulted in numerous deaths, including the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday proposed stricter smog standards [text, PDF] that would replace the Bush administration's broader 2008 national smog regulations [text], complying with scientific recommendations. The new smog restrictions would reduce the amount of smog emissions to between 0.060 and 0.070 parts [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] An official from the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Wednesday that about one in five detainees freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have returned to terrorist activities, according to a new Pentagon report. The report, which remains classified, shows an [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has decided on a military prosecution for Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Obaidullah [DOD materials], according to court filings Wednesday. Obaidullah was initially charged [JURIST report] by the military in 2008 with hiding and storing anti-tank mines to be [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] has requested federal assistance to pay more than $200 million annually for security for the upcoming trial of five 9/11 [JURIST news archive] suspects, according to a letter [text, PDF] made public Wednesday. Bloomberg sent the letter to the Office of [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar [official profile] on Wednesday announced new rules [press release] for obtaining leases for oil and gas drilling on public lands. The new rules were designed to provide a greater public voice in deciding how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official website] [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Honduran prosecutors on Wednesday filed charges against three military chiefs in connection with the ouster of former president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in June. The attorney general's office filed abuse of power charges [El Heraldo report, in Spanish] in the Honduran Supreme Court [official website, in [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marshals Service [official website] will conduct an extensive review [AP report] of courthouse security nationwide, Assistant Director for Judicial Security Michael Prout [official profile] told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The announcement of a security review comes just two days after a courthouse official was killed and [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the trial over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage [JURIST news archives] in California, will be videotaped and broadcast on YouTube. Judge Vaughn Walker of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled [San Francisco [read more]

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