Legal news from Thursday, January 12, 2012

[JURIST] Chief Defense Counsel for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] war crimes tribunals, Colonel J.P. Colwell on Sunday ordered [e-mail, PDF] attorneys under his command not to comply with rules [text, PDF] requiring military officials to review all legal correspondence between lawyers and the detainees accused of involvement in the 9/11 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) [backgrounder] has recommended that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] amend the law that punishes anyone who insults the royal family with up to 15 years in prison [Thai Penal Code text] for each separate crime. The Commission was set up … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court will determine whether Congress constitutionally abrogated states' Eleventh Amendment [text] immunity when it passed the self-care leave provision of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Senegal on Thursday rejected a Belgian court's request to extradite Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the former president of Chad, on accusations that he killed and tortured opponents during his regime. Habre served as president of Chad from 1982 to 1990. Belgium alleges that, … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Jersey Legislature [official website] passed an amendment to a bill [A567 text, PDF] on Monday that establishes a one-year ban on a natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST news archive]. Legislators re-introduced the bill this year after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors for the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] arrested the former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] on Wednesday, alleging crimes against humanity committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 [Bangladesh News backgrounder]. Ghulam Azam, 89, was taken into custody [bdnews24.com … [read more]

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