Legal news from Wednesday, October 13, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Skinner v. Switzer [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on a convicted prisoner's right to seek access to DNA testing. The issue is whether a convicted prisoner seeking access to [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Stockholm District Court on Wednesday began proceedings in the the country's first war crimes trial of Swedish citizen and former Bosnian prison guard Ahmet Makitan [Trial Watch profile]. Makitan is accused [JURIST report] of violating the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War [text, PDF] by [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Congolese government to arrest [press release] Bosco Ntaganda [case materials], a Congolese general wanted [arrest warrant, in French] by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for war crimes. HRW claims that, since January, Ntaganda has been implicated in [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday heard opening statements in the first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee. An attorney for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] argued during the opening statements that [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] released a decision [text, PDF] last week that allows the Rwandan government to pursue charges against US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive]. In a reversal of a previous [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Tuesday filed two notices of appeal [text, PDF; text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website], defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. The notices of appeal do not specify [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted 294-239 to adopt a controversial immigration bill [No. 542 text, in French; materials, in French] that would would strip criminals born in other countries of their French nationality if they have been convicted of violent crimes against police [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Virginia Phillips of the US District Court of the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday ordered [order, PDF] the US military to end enforcement of its controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The order comes a little more [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [official profile] announced Tuesday the end of a six-month moratorium [press release] on certain types of deepwater oil drilling some seven weeks ahead of schedule. In a letter [text, PDF] issuing the order to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) [official [read more]

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