Legal news from Wednesday, December 15, 2010
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 250-175 [roll call vote] Wednesday to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], which prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed suit [complaint text; press release] Wednesday against units of British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and several other companies over the April Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], which resulted in an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kosovar Prime Minister Hasham Thaci [official profile] was named Tuesday in a draft report [text; press release] by Council of Europe [official website] member Dick Marty [BBC profile] as the "boss" of an illegal criminal enterprise that trafficked human organs and drugs during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder; [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's new Afghan detainee transfer policy may violate international human rights laws [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] warned Tuesday. The new detainee management system, announced [press release] Tuesday by Australian Minister of Defence Stephen Smith [official website], provides for the systematic transfer of "high risk" detainees to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday issued summonses for six Kenyan citizens [press release] believed to be responsible for post-election violence in 2007 [JURIST news archive] that resulted in more than 1,000 deaths in that country. The six individuals include current Deputy [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that e-mail is entitled to Fourth Amendment [LII materials] protection. The 98-page opinion overturned the prison sentence of Steven Warshak, the founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals Inc. [corporate website], who was convicted on 93 [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLUGA) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday on behalf of a Muslim woman who was arrested for refusing to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive], or hijab, in court. Lisa Valentine was arrested in December 2008 and ordered [read more]

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