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Legal News
16 Feb 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday voted 5-2 [materials] to approve a proposed civil union bill [SB12-002 text, PDF], referring it to the Colorado Senate [official website] for a full vote. The bill gives same-sex couples the "all legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses" joined … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] heard testimony [senate calendar, PDF] on Wednesday in consideration of a proposed bill [SB12-002 text, PDF] that would grant same-sex couples the right to civil unions. Same-sex couples traveled to Denver to testify [AP report] on behalf of the bill. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Some terror suspects living under control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have managed to maintain contact with terror cells, the UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said in his fourth annual report [text, PDF] Tuesday. Lord Carlile of Berriew [JURIST news archive] found that even though in most instances a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Eric Holder [professional profile], Deputy US Attorney General [archive materials] during the Clinton administration, has been asked and has agreed to serve as US Attorney General for the incoming administration of now President-elect Barack Obama, according to media reports citing unnamed sources late Tuesday. If officially nominated and if … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday announced [statement text] that he had named a prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges are warranted in connection with the removal of nine US attorneys, as recommended in a new report [PDF text] by investigators at the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Officials for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that they will revise the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations [text, PDF] to no longer induce waivers of the attorney-client privilege and to limit what sensitive information investigators may gather. The announcement was part of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons and the House of Lords [parliamentary debate texts] Monday approved a draft order [PDF text] to remove the opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] from the country's list of prohibited organizations. The votes confirm a May court ruling [JURIST report] that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] UK Home Office minister Tony McNulty [official profile] told members of Parliament in a written statement [text] to the House of Commons Thursday that control orders [JURIST news archive] limiting movement and restricting the rights of uncharged individuals are currently in force against 11 people suspected of terrorist activity, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The US Senate Monday unanimously confirmed Illinois US District Judge Mark Filip [official profile] as US deputy attorney general as part of an apparent compromise between the White House and Senate Democrats on a series of stalled nominations. Filip replaces Paul McNulty who, along with several other top Justice … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] said Saturday that the government has no plans to create a compulsory DNA database for British citizens, citing ethical and information security concerns. The country's more limited existing National DNA Database [Home Office backgrounder], which retains DNA information collected from criminal suspects upon … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Britain's Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission [official website] Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] that the UK should remove the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) [group website] from its list of terrorist organizations. PMOI is Iran's main political opposition organization and part of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed legislation by voice vote Tuesday that would ban federal prosecutors from threatening to prosecute corporations for refusing to turn over information protected by attorney-client privilege [ABA backgrounder]. The Attorney-Client Privilege Act of 2007 [HR 3013 materials] would bar prosecutors from demanding … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The New York Times is reporting that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] has resigned from his post after months of controversy over the Justice Department's handling of the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] and subsequent allegations that he may have perjured … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] on Wednesday took the unusual step of sending Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] a letter listing 12 written questions [PDF text] that Leahy hopes Gonzales will be prepared to address when he appears before the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Outgoing US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile] Thursday denied [transcript] playing a key role in the controversial firings of at least eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee [official website]. McNulty disputed the testimony [JURIST report] of former US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] UK Minister of State for Security, Counter Terrorism, and Police Tom McNulty [official profile] told Parliament Thursday that an Iraqi suspect subjected to a UK government control order [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is believed to have absconded [statement] Monday evening, making him the seventh UK terror suspect to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Mike Elston, chief of staff to US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile; JURIST news archive], announced his resignation Friday, making him the fifth Department of Justice (DOJ) official linked to the controversial firing of at least eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] to resign. Elston, whose resignation … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility [official websites] of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have expanded internal investigations [JURIST report] into whether politics played a role in hiring decisions within the department, the DOJ confirmed in a letter [PDF text] sent Wednesday to the … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility [official website] has expanded its investigation [JURIST report] into whether department aides illegally made hiring decisions based on consideration of applicants' political beliefs, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The move follows Wednesday's testimony [JURIST report] to the House Judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] testified before the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday about the fired US Attorneys scandal [JURIST news archive], saying she did not play a key role in the firings [prepared statement, PDF] but believed that previous Senate Judiciary … [read more]

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