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Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Kingdom Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Thursday in favor of The Guardian [official website], deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Rights groups called Friday for urgent action to protect private calls and online correspondence after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. Edward Snowden allegedly leaked documents [AP report] to The Intercept [report], an online news source, claiming the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) [official website] on Friday changed the threat level for terrorist attacks against the UK [press release] from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that a terrorist attack against the UK is highly likely, although there is no evidence to suggest an attack is imminent. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder], formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion] Wednesday that use of the "Like" button on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] and cannot be used against public employees. Five former appointees for the sheriff's office in … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

On October 7, 2001, following the beginning of the War on Terror, the US military began detaining hundreds of suspected terrorists. Many of those captured were designated "enemy combatants" — a label coined by the administration of President George W. Bush to denote their legal status as unlawful combatants without … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] earlier this week that groups seeking information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] can immediately appeal if their request is denied or unanswered. The court held that FOIA requires agencies to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday denied defense motions filed in both the 9/11 military commission trial and the 2000 USS Cole [Navy backgrounder] bombing trial. Defense counsel for accused 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive], filed a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles [official website] on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [text, PDF] that would prevent police from searching emails and other electronic content without a warrant. Currently, under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act [text], law enforcement agents only need a warrant to access emails less than 6 … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2012
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday retracted a contempt of court charge filed against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf after approving notification of his compliance with a June directive that ordered the revival of corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. Pakistan's Minister for … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, argues that the European Court of Human Rights' recent decision in H. v. Finland is a predictable and disappointing step taken against the rights of same-sex couples...The European Court of Human Rights ("the court") has taken another decisive … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday boycotted his pretrial hearing at the facility. Al-Nashiri is accused of bombing the USS Cole [US Navy backgrounder] while it was in port in Yemen in October 2000. Al-Nashiri objected to the use of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A military judge ruled [order, PDF] Monday that he lacks authority to allow media to broadcast the trial of accused USS Cole [Navy backgrounder] bomber Abd al-Rahim Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive]. Al-Nashiri's defense lawyers moved [JURIST report] in July for the trial to be televised because there … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Jul 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says the actions of Vladimir Putin's regime against the life and legacy of deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky threaten international progress in basic human rights and have attracted the ire of the US Congress, the European Union and individual … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Olivier Sylvain of the Fordham University School of Law says that the Second Circuit opinion in Viacom v. YouTube represents a growing convergence of opinion in how to interpret the DMCA, which could ultimately be a good development for all parties involved...Early last month, in one of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A chief US military tribunal judge has ruled that the content of attorney-client mail inspected at the Guantanamo Bay prison is confidential and may not be released. Judge James Pohl made the decision earlier this month in the case of suspected USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bomber Abd al-Rahim … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] James Connell, defense lawyer for suspected 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirator Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday challenging an order for military officials to read all legal correspondence between the lawyers of the suspected 9/11 conspirators … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Bruce MacDonald, the senior Pentagon official overseeing war crimes tribunals at Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder], on Friday denied a request to extend the filing deadline for pre-trial motions [JURIST report] for prisoners accused of planning the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder]. The prisoners' lawyers stated that they needed the extension because … [read more]

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