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14:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday called for new oil pollution laws [statement] in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Speaking at a meeting of congressional leaders from both political parties, Obama emphasized the need to update the Oil [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] New York City reached a settlement [overview, PDF; materials] Thursday with the 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers who became sick or injured from responding to the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive]. The agreement follows two failed settlement attempts between the parties. The city's insurer, WTC Captive Insurance Company [official [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment text] a defendant's right to a publication ban that applies to the evidence and information produced at a bail hearing. Canadian media organizations have claimed that the statutory ban, codified under § 517 of Canada's criminal code [text], [read more]

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[JURIST] Forty-three countries on Wednesday announced their support for a new set of guidelines [text, PDF] to ensure a more diligent effort is made to return real property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust [JURIST news archive] to its rightful owners or heirs. The guidelines, first proposed at last [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the city could withhold documents related to the arrest of 1,800 protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention. In granting the city's petition for a writ of mandamus [Cornell [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Several human rights and civil liberties groups on Wednesday filed a formal complaint [text] with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) [official website] calling for an official investigation into a recent report [JURIST report] alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] engaged in illegal human experimentation [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday convicted [judgment summary, PDF] seven senior Bosnian Serb officials [case materials] of war crimes against Bosnian Muslims committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. Military security chiefs Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara were convicted [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Colombian judge on Wednesday issued a landmark judgment against army colonel Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega for the forced disappearance of 11 people after the 1985 hostage situation at the Palace of Justice in Bogota, sentencing him to 30 years in prison. The palace siege was one of the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 14 [text], which alters the primary election system, creating an open primary where only the top two vote-getters would advance to the general election. The ballot initiative was approved by 54.2 percent [results] of voters and changes elections to create a system in [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of US senators on Wednesday introduced the Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act [S 3474 text], which would give presidents the authority to use a modified version of the line-item veto in order to cut spending. In a process known as expedited rescission, the president could single out [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] urged world leaders to strengthen the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [UN backgrounder] to meet international human rights standards in a report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday. The report, From Promises to Delivery, focuses on three main areas where governments can improve the MDGs [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a permanent injunction against the display of the Ten Commandments [JURIST news archive] in two Kentucky courthouses. The displays, called "Foundations of Law and Government," contain eight other documents in addition to the [read more]

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