Legal news from Sunday, August 7, 2011

[JURIST] Military judge Colonel David Conn sentenced Specialist Adam Winfield to three years in prison, demotion to private and a bad-conduct discharge on Friday for involuntary manslaughter in the death of an Afghan civilian. Winfield pleaded guilty [AP report] to involuntary manslaughter and to smoking hashish. Winfield, who has already … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling invalidating the Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act [Act 105 text], which prohibited the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] from providing transgender inmates with hormone treatment. The district … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday appeared before the Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] to begin the appeal of his conviction and seven-year sentence for rape and sexual assault [JURIST reports]. The proceedings, which are being held in open court, … [read more]

[JURIST] Saudi Arabian officials on Saturday proposed amendments to the draft anti-terrorism law that received much criticism from human rights groups. A spokesperson for the Shura Council confirmed [Reuters report] that the draft of the Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing of Terrorism [text, in Arabic] was discussed during … [read more]

[JURIST] The convicted ringleader of abuses committed at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad was released Saturday after serving more than six-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence. Army Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST news archive], who was being held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, was released … [read more]

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