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Legal news from Wednesday, February 24, 2010
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Carr v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether the failure to register provision [18 USC § 2250] of the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Four Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to Albania and Spain, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday. Three detainees, Tunisia native Aleh Bin Hadi Asasi, Egypt native Sharif Fati Ali al Mishad, and Libya native Abdul Rauf Omar Mohammad Abu al Qusin, [read more]

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[JURIST] Twelve high-ranking Turkish military officers were formally charged on Wednesday for their role in an alleged plot to overthrow Turkey's government. Among those charged [Hurriyet report] were four admirals, two retired colonels, and a retired brigadier general. More than 50 officers were arrested [Reuters report] on Monday, including former [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-0 in Maryland v. Shatzer [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Edwards v. Arizona [opinion text] prohibition against interrogation of a suspect who has invoked the Fifth Amendment right to counsel does not require [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website, in Hungarian] passed a bill on Monday that prohibits denials of the Holocaust [JURIST news archive]. The law, which passed 197-1 [Politics.hu report] with 142 members abstaining, makes denying the Holocaust a criminal offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison. The bill [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court on Wednesday found three Google [corporate website] executives guilty of privacy violations for allowing a video depicting bullying to be posted on its website. The court in Milan found that the three men, David Carl Drummond, George De Los Reyes, and Peter Fleitcher, violated the privacy [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Irish Special Criminal Court [official website] on Wednesday dismissed the case against the only man criminally convicted for a role in the 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC archive; JURIST news archive], finding [RTE News report] that the evidence against Colm Murphy was not strong enough to support the conviction. [read more]

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[JURIST] A Haitian judge on Tuesday announced the forthcoming release of the last two US missionaries out of a group of 10 who were arrested on kidnapping charges [JURIST report] following the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]. Eight members of the missionary group affiliated with the Central Valley Baptist [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. [official profile, PDF] said Tuesday that he would not support a moratorium on discharging individuals from the military pursuant to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy while Congress conducted a review of the practice. Casey, the highest-ranking officer in the [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Tuesday that another round of formal climate talks will be held April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany to follow up on the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark [official website; JURIST report]. The [read more]

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