Legal news from Saturday, January 27, 2007
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Netherlands Justice Ministry [official website] has extradited Dutch citizen Wasem al Delaema to the US for his role in attempted killings of US soldiers in Iraq during October 2003, according to the Ministry on Saturday. The extradition follows a ruling by the Appeals Court in The Hague that [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Argentine President Nestor Kirchner [official profile, in Spanish] Friday authorized officials to reveal state secrets concerning human rights violations that occurred during the infamous "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] crackdown on dissidents between 1976 and 1983 that resulted in an official "missing" count of 13,000 people. A [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Committee to Protect Journalists [advocacy website], an international press freedom group, lashed out [press release] Friday at new media rules imposed in Bangladesh Thursday in the wake of the government's declaration of a state of emergency earlier this month. The Emergency Powers Rules of 2007 [UNB report] restrict [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] announced Friday that it will proceed to court-martial Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan [Wikipedia profile] for his alleged role in the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prisoner abuse scandal. Jordan, the highest-ranking Army officer to face criminal charges as a result of the prisoner [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Officials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [official website] said Friday that after two weeks of renewed discussion of the procedural rules to govern the trials of Khmer Rouge suspects accused of involvement in the "killing fields" genocide of the 1970s, "several major issues" remain unresolved. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Judge L. T. Senter, Jr. of the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on Friday rejected [opinion, PDF] for the time being a proposed settlement [JURIST report] reached between the State Farm [official website] insurance company and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] on behalf [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Jordanian appeals court has upheld a military court's death sentence [JURIST report] for a would-be Iraqi suicide bomber who attempted to detonate a suicide bomb as part of a series of 2005 deadly hotel bombings in Amman. Sajida al-Rishawi was convicted in December along with six others who [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) [official website] has unanimously approved a regulation that will prohibit utilities from buying electricity produced by power plants whose emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) [EPA backgrounder] exceed the state's standards. The rule [CPUC materials], which the four-member commission discussed and voted on [recorded [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Nebraska ruled Friday that the state cannot enforce a 25-year old ban on corporate farming while it appeals a US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal decision ruling the ban unconstitutional. As anticipated [JURIST report], Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning [official website] appealed [cert. petition, PDF] [read more]

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