Legal news from Tuesday, May 4, 2010
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The District of Columbia Court of Appeals [official website] heard arguments Tuesday on whether DC voters should be allowed to decide on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the city. While appeals are normally decided by a three-judge panel, the full nine-member court convened for Tuesday's arguments. The appeal [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Two US lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled draft legislation [text, PDF; executive summary, DOC] aimed at protecting Internet privacy. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) [official websites] proposed the bill as a means to regulate how websites track information about visitors and then use that information to target [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said Tuesday that Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad will face terrorism charges [press release] for his alleged role in an attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square. Shahzad was taken into custody [press release] Monday evening after an SUV containing [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Honduran truth and reconciliation commission on Tuesday began investigating the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from power. The commission is tasked [LAHT report] with understanding what happened before, during, and after the coup and making recommendations for the future. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [judgment text] Tuesday that state intelligence agencies cannot use secret evidence in their defense against abuse accusations by Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and several other UK residents who were held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Indian prosecutors on Tuesday argued for the death penalty for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], the lone gunmen to survive the three-day siege of Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in November 2008 that killed 166. Kasab was convicted [JURIST report] of murder and waging war against India [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spain Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile] announced Tuesday that the country has accepted [statement, PDF; in Spanish] its second Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee. The man, a Yemeni citizen, arrived in Spain Tuesday and will be given residency and work permits. This is the second of [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a Muslim woman's religious rights were not violated by police officers when she was forced to remove her religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while being detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib had [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentine military junta leader Jorge Rafael Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] was charged Monday with an additional 49 counts of murder, kidnapping, and torture for crimes allegedly committed during Argentina's "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The charges are the latest in the ongoing investigation against Videla, [read more]

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