Legal news from Saturday, February 10, 2007
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US Bureau of Prisons [official website] evaluation has concluded that alleged terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is competent to stand trial. Previous evaluations of Padilla [JURIST report] by a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist suggested that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government of Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper will likely allow two provisions of its Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder] to expire at the end of next week now that the opposition Liberal Party [political party website] has withdrawn its support for the clauses. The controversial provisions [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] US ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Douglas McElhaney has told the Nezavisne Novine [media website] daily that the US wants the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to stay open beyond the end of its scheduled trials in 2008 and appeals in 2010 until police arrest two [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US Justice Department spokesman said late Friday that the federal appeals court decision [opinion, PDF] giving suspected Iraq terrorist Shawqi Omar [JURIST news archive] the right to argue his case before a US court [JURIST report] will "inappropriately interfere with the executive branch's prerogative to prosecute a war." [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official profile; JURIST news archive] Saturday criticized what he called the "dangerous" use of force by the United States in the face of international law in a hard-hitting speech [audio, in Russian; press release] at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy [official website]. Speaking [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Lebanese president Amin Gemayel [Wikipedia profile] has urged the Lebanese National Assembly [official website] to ratify a UN-approved agreement [JURIST report] that would create an international tribunal [JURIST news archive] to try suspects accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [official website; JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 2004 ruling [text, PDF] that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] had jurisdiction over tribunal businesses including casinos, placing the tribes under the National Labor Relations Act [text], which bars [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Lawrence Karlton [official profile] ruled in California Friday that the state's Proposition 83 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] could not be applied retroactively to sex offenders released before its approval because there was nothing in the measure that indicated that intent. The measure prohibits registered sex [read more]

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