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Legal news from Wednesday, July 14, 2010
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's justice minister announced Wednesday that 26 former officials in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] have been transferred from US to Iraqi custody as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. The prisoners, transferred from Camp Cropper [JURIST news archive] to Kadhimiya prison [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court announced Wednesday that a lawsuit, filed by former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and alleging that the UK government was complicit in their torture, can proceed. The lawsuit, filed by 12 ex-detainees, alleges that British agents took part in their mistreatment while they were [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] Wednesday preventing a new Nebraska abortion law [LB 594 materials] from being enforced. The law, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, requires physicians to evaluate patients to determine [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court [official website, in Chinese] announced Wednesday that a prosecutor and three judges had been arrested [press release, DOC; in Chinese] on corruption charges. The three judges, all from the Taiwan High Court [official website, in Chinese] are believed to have accepted more than NT $5 [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue [official website] on Tuesday condemned [press release] an Italian bill [materials, in Italian] that would restrict the use of wiretaps [JURIST news archive] and criminalize the reporting of wiretap transcripts by the news media. La Rue urged the Italian [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday overturned a decision [opinion, PDF] that granted the habeas corpus petition of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed al-Adahi. In reversing the decision, the appellate court held that the district court erred in [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Tuesday that Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Odaini was transferred [press release] to his homeland of Yemen [JURIST news archive] after a federal court ordered his release [opinion, PDF; JURIST report]. In his ruling ordering Odaini's release, Judge [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday began the trial in a case challenging the constitutionality of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. Judge Virginia Phillips, trying the case without a jury, heard opening [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] indecency policy [text] is unconstitutional. The court held that the FCC's policy is a violation of the First Amendment [text] right to freedom of speech because [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss charges [opinion, PDF] against former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive], ruling that his Sixth Amendment [text] right to a speedy trial was not violated. Ghailani's lawyers had sought a dismissal of charges, arguing [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] the coalition government's plans to reform the criminal justice system [text, PDF] to include lesser prison sentences and more community punishment options. The Ministry of Justice [official website] on Tuesday published its Structural Reform Plan, which outlines [read more]

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