Legal news from Sunday, January 31, 2010
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will begin an inquiry into the suspected torture and ill-treatment of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Spanish media reported [El Pais report] Saturday. The inquiry follows claims made by several Spanish groups - including the [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] lawyers John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] and Jay Bybee [academic profile] have been cleared of allegations of wrongdoing in relation to their controversial memos asserting the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive], it [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of judges in Italy walked out of their courtrooms Saturday, in protest over judicial reform legislation proposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The legislation, which has been approved [JURIST report] by the Italian Senate [official website, in Italian], aims to shorten the trial [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during an interview [transcript] Sunday on CNN's State of the Union that upon being tried and convicted, alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would likely be executed. Gibbs stressed that the heinous nature of the crime he [read more]

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