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Legal news from Saturday, October 22, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] unanimously ruled [opinion text] to restore the Roadless Rule [text], ending a 2008 national injunction [JURIST report]. The Roadless Rule blocks road-building and commercial timber harvesting on expanses of roadless areas around the country, primarily the National Forests. … [read more]

[JURIST] On Friday, Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland [official website] announced [ABC News transcript] that he will be petitioning the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense [official website] to re-examine the war crime convictions of Australian Lieutenants Harry "Breaker" Morant [advocacy website] and Peter Handcock during the Boer War. Morant and … [read more]

[JURIST] United Nations Special Rapporteur on on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns [official profile], on Thursday urged respect for international standards [press release] concerning the use of lethal force during arrests and warned that the growing use of targeted killings with unmanned drones is legally problematic. Heyns made … [read more]

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