Legal news from Tuesday, December 26, 2006
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Two civil rights groups filed suit [complaint, PDF] in federal court Tuesday to block enforcement of a town ordinance [text] passed in November by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch [official website] requiring apartment renters to show proof of US residency and penalizing landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The bicameral committee of US lawmakers responsible for hammering out a comprehensive immigration reform package [JURIST news archive] may recommend to the new Congress beginning in January that illegal immigrants not be required to leave the country before petitioning for legal status, according to the New York Times Tuesday. [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official website; BBC profile] promised Tuesday to repeal Egypt's ongoing 25-year state of emergency once a new terrorism law is passed and to amend the Egyptian Constitution [text] to formally recognize the people of Egypt as the source of sovereign power and permit parliamentary parties [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] Interior Ministry [backgrounder] announced Tuesday that the government has freed eighteen former Guantanamo Bay detainees "after meeting necessary legal conditions." A spokesperson for the ministry stated that the government will continue to try to urge repatriation of Saudis from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday upheld a sentence of life imprisonment for Nurpashi Kulayev, the only terrorist survivor convicted in connection with the 2004 Beslan school siege [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder]. Kulayev filed the appeal [JURIST report] in June, arguing that his conviction was "unlawful and [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] British troops supported by Iraqi forces raided a Basra prison unit [UK MOD press release] early Monday morning, freeing 127 prisoners detained in squalid conditions by a rogue Basra police squad suspected of torturing its prisoners. Following the raid, UK military spokesman Maj. Charles Burbridge said the serious crimes [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] has affirmed Saddam Hussein's death sentence [JURIST report] for crimes against humanity committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] in 1982. A spokesperson for the court said Tuesday that the decision still had [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected [opinion, PDF] the new federal rules for smog reduction on Friday, stating that the Environmental Protection Agency [official website] "has failed to heed the restrictions on its discretion set forth in the [Clean Air] Act." The smog standards [read more]

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