Legal news from Saturday, September 9, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Republican leaders plan to negotiate with the White House through the weekend to resolve different versions of a bill that would legislatively authorize the establishment of military commissions [JURIST news archive] for suspected terrorists. Saturday's New York Times quotes Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) [official [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website, in German, BBC profile] Saturday joined other Europeans in criticizing the Bush administration for admittedly operating clandestine Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] detention centers in Europe, a practice which she called "not compatible with my understanding of the rule of law." President [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Utah Supreme Court [official website] ruled on Friday that a University of Utah [official website] policy banning firearms on campus violates state law. In a 4-1 opinion [PDF], the court rejected the university's argument that as an autonomous entity under Article X of the state constitution [text], it [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Sudanese judge released American journalist Paul Salopek from detention Saturday the day after a meeting between Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] and visiting New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson [official profile]. Late last month Salopek and two others were arrested and charged [JURIST report] for espionage and printing [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The City Council of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [official website] granted tentative approval to revisions to its controversial Illegal Immigration Relief Act [text, PDF; mayor's letter] on Friday in an attempt to help the law survive legal challenges. The changes shift burdens originally placed on businesses, now making it the city's [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US and European representatives are set to continue talks next week on an airline passenger data-sharing deal after officials were unable to agree Friday on a replacement for a previous agreement [PDF text] struck down [JURIST report] by the European Court of Justice [official website] in May on privacy-related [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official profile] has urged Jordan [JURIST news archive] to amend an anti-terrorism law approved [JURIST report] last month by the country's National Assembly [official website]. Scheinin noted in a statement Friday that human rights advocates and opposition party leaders [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] announced Friday that it was fining the American Red Cross [NGO website] $4.2 million [press release] for "failure to comply with requirements under Federal laws and FDA regulations relating to the collection of blood products" that had prompted the recall [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN legal counsel Nicholas Michel [official profile] said Friday at the end of a two-day visit to Lebanon that a special tribunal [JURIST report] to try individuals connected with the February 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] was closer to realization after his latest [read more]

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