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Legal news from Thursday, February 25, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Thursday released three high ranking military officials detained for questioning over an alleged coup plot, hours after top political and military officials met to discuss the escalating situation. The court released [AP report] former chief of the Navy, Adm. Ozden Ornek, ex-chief of the Air [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP), Keir Starmer [official profile], published a new policy [text; press release] on Thursday for prosecutors in regards to cases of assisted suicide [JURIST news archive]. While the new policy does not legalize assisted suicide, it introduces six public interest considerations against prosecution, including [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] publicly supported [text] the final report [text, PDF] of the UN Fact Finding Mission of the Gaza Conflict [official website] on Wednesday, calling its conclusions sound. The report, originally adopted [JURIST report] by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler [official website] said Wednesday that the state of Maryland and its agencies should recognize [opinion, PDF] same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed lawfully in other states. Gansler's opinion, issued in response to a legislator's request for clarification of Maryland law, said that the state's [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Incidents of anti-Semitism [JURIST news archive] in Canada have risen 11.4 percent [text, PDF] since 2008, according to a Wednesday report by B'nai Brith Canada [advocacy website]. The group found that there were 1,264 incidents of anti-Semitic harassment, violence, and vandalism in Canada during 2009. It also said that [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled Wednesday that the government can continue to hold indefinitely two Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, even though the men had been cleared for release by the Bush administration two years ago. Judge [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday convicted [judgment summary, PDF] ex-army officer Ephrem Setako [case materials; Trial Watch profile] on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and murder and sentenced him [press release] to 25 years in prison. The tribunal found that Setanko, a [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Korea [official website, in Korean] ruled Thursday that the death penalty [JURIST news archive] does not violate the South Korean constitution [text, PDF]. The court's 5-4 decision could lead to a reinstatement of the death penalty in South Korea, which has held an unofficial moratorium [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted Wednesday night to authorize three key provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] set to expire on Sunday. The bill, passed [AP report] by a voice vote, would allow federal authorities to conduct "roving" wiretaps, to compel the production of business, [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze [official profile] on Wednesday praised the increasing number of countries [text] that have suspended or abolished the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Speaking at the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty [FIDH backgrounder] in Geneva, Ordzhonikidze expressed hope [UN News Centre report] that countries [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan government is continuously violating basic human rights [press release], particularly freedom of expression, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] said in a report [text] released Wednesday. The Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela report provides a detailed [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] confirmed [press release] Wednesday that it has received three antitrust complaints against Google [corporate website] regarding the way the search engine ranks search results, but said it has not started a formal investigation. UK price comparison company Foundem [corporate website], French legal website [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] (CIA) [official website] briefed lawmakers [press release] between 2001 and 2007 on the specifics of enhanced interrogation techniques, according to declassified documents [text, PDF] made public by Judicial Watch [advocacy website] on Tuesday. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a [read more]

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