Legal news from Friday, November 5, 2010
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday ordered further review [opinion, PDF] of a lower court decision to release Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohamedou Olud Slahi [NYT materials], allegedly linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] on Friday declined to rule [opinion, PDF] on a local ordinance banning the hiring, harboring or renting of property to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website] had asked the court to decide whether [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A magistrate in Mombasa, Kenya, found 17 accused Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] not guilty Friday, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused denied involvement [AFP report] in the 2009 attack on the ship the MV Amira. Their lawyer, Jared Magolo, [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US government's human rights record came under criticism Friday during the country's first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official websites]. Among the criticisms leveled at the US [Reuters report] were the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the practice of rendition, the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court in London began hearings Friday to determine whether abuse claims [JURIST news archive] brought by 142 Iraqis against UK military personnel should be subject to public inquiry after Defence Secretary Liam Fox [official profile] refused to open such an inquiry. The Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] Hassan Bubacar Jallow [JURIST news archive] filed new applications [press release] Thursday for the referral of three cases for trial in Rwanda. The first was Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [case materials], a former Rwandan pastor who pleaded not guilty [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF; press release] Thursday challenging the constitutionality of State Question 755 [text], which amends the state constitution [text] to ban the use of Islamic or international law in state court decisions. The suit, [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) [official profile] announced Thursday that he, along with 12 other state attorneys general, has filed an amici curiae brief [press release] before the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] supporting an Arizona statute that imposes sanctions on employers that hire illegal [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom [official profile, in Spanish] vetoed legislation [press release, in Spanish] Thursday that would have reinstated the death penalty. Colom has stated that his government does not believe capital punishment improves a nation's security and has called on the Guatemalan Congress [official website, in Spanish] to [read more]

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