Legal news from Tuesday, September 21, 2010
17:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Tuesday rejected [roll call vote] a cloture motion on the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2011 [S 3454 materials], a defense appropriations bill that would have repealed the US armed forces' "Don't ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654 materials; JURIST [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN panel of experts [UN materials] tasked with monitoring and assessing investigations into alleged war crimes during the 2008-2009 conflict in the Gaza Strip [JURIST new archives] issued a report [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday criticizing the investigations being carried out by both Israel and Hamas, but positively [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Officials for Imperial County [official website], California, announced Tuesday that the county has submitted its opening brief [text, PDF] in an appeal against last month's federal court decision [JURIST report] striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. District Judge Vaughn Walker denied Imperial's request to intervene [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor David Paterson (D) [official website] signed a bill on Sunday allowing unmarried partners, including gay couples, to jointly adopt a child. The law [A 05652 materials] amends the language of Section 110 [text] of New York's domestic relations law to allow two unmarried adult intimate partners [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A human rights group and lawyers for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile], a Saudi man accused in connection with the 2000 USS Cole attack [JURIST news archive], filed a request [press release] Tuesday with Polish prosecutors for an investigation into al-Nashiri's detention and treatment at a secret CIA prison [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Tuesday announced plans to present two cases [statement, PDF] against as many as six individuals who "bear the greatest responsibility" for the violence following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election [JURIST news archive]. In March, the ICC's [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A human rights expert told the UN Friday that Sudan is not prepared [press release] for its January 9 self-determination referendum that could divide the country in two. Mohamed Chande Othman, a Tanzanian judge and independent expert on the Sudan human rights situation, presented a report [text, PDF] to [read more]

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