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Legal news from Monday, August 16, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar [official profile] announced Monday that environmental reviews will be required [press release] for all new deepwater drilling, temporarily halting exemptions that allowed oil companies to drill without environmental impact statements. The process for exemptions was created under the National Environmental Policy Act [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition leaders in Thailand pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of terrorism in connection with Thailand's recent political violence [JURIST news archive], as the government partially lifted the state of emergency that has been in place since May. The men held leadership positions in the United Front for Democracy [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] confirmed Monday that a US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] criminal probe into DeLay's association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] has been dismissed without charges being filed. The investigation lasted six years [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan armed forces played a role in instigating and at times taking part in recent attacks against ethnic Uzbeks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. HRW also stated that local law enforcement did not provide adequate protection [press release] to the Uzbek community during the June [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US-based Rapaport Diamond Trading Network [corporate website] on Sunday reiterated its stance against the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds [press release] associated with human rights violations. In a letter to their members, Rapaport stated they will expel members who knowingly trade the tainted diamonds and that they will publish [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website] has introduced a bill to create rules and guidelines for legal challenges brought by future Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and enemy combatants captured by US forces. Graham introduced the Terrorist Detention Review Reform Act [text, PDF] earlier this month without [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Co-prosecutors for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday filed a notice of an appeal [text, PDF; press release] of the judgment against former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] official Kaing Guek Eav [case materials; JURIST news archive]. Last month, the trial chamber of [read more]

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