Legal news from Saturday, July 8, 2006
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican judge Saturday cleared ex-president Luis Echeverria [JURIST news archive] of genocide charges in connection with his role in repressing a 1968 student revolt [backgrounder] while he was the country's Interior Minister. According to Echeverria's lawyer, the judge ruled that the charges could not stand because of Mexico's [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two committees of the US Senate are set for hearings on draft legislation governing trial procedures for Guantanamo detainees after the US Supreme Court ruled June 29 in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [text] that President Bush's military commissions as currently constituted lack proper legal authorization [JURIST report]. In the immediate [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court judge has confirmed indictments against 29 suspects accused in connection with the March 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] that killed 191 people and injured or wounded almost 2000 others. Judge Juan del Olmo [Europa Press profile, in Spanish] initially handed down the massive [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, chief of US ground forces in Iraq, has found several Marine commanders negligent in their handling of an investigation into the shooting deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] at Haditha [JURIST news archive] in November, and has recommended disciplinary action for some, according to [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland of Fulton County Superior Court [official website] issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the implementation of Georgia's photo identification cards for voters, holding that the authorizing bill [SB 84 materials] violates the state constitution [text] by placing an undue burden on the fundamental right [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush suggested Friday in a Chicago news conference [transcript] that the US Supreme Court [JURIST news archive] had approved the decision to establish a military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by its silence on the issue. Bush also seemed to characterize the Court's ruling in [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court Judge Santiago Pedraz on Friday charged several former Guatemalan military officers with genocide, torture, and other crimes against humanity, and issued international arrest warrants for their involvement in atrocities committed during Guatemala's brutal 36-year civil war [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] that formally ended in 1996, including the murder [read more]

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