Legal news from Friday, February 16, 2007
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Utah Supreme Court [official website] Friday restricted parental rights to biological parents in the cases of unmarried parents raising children related by blood to only one partner. The case at issue involved a five-year old girl conceived in a lesbian relationship, whose biological mother Cheryl Pike Barlow sought [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeals (Criminal Division) [official website] ruled Friday that UK terrorism laws do not allow for a "freedom fighter" defense [opinion text]. The defendant in the case, a Libyan identified as "F", was arrested in late 2005 and charged with violating Terrorism Act 2000 [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court sentenced the conspirators of the 2003 Istanbul bombings [BBC report; JURIST news archive] Friday, handing down seven life sentences. In addition, 41 of the 74 defendants received prison sentences ranging from four to 18 years; the remaining 26 defendants were acquitted. The bombings, which targeted two [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday that the United States has consistently failed to investigate and prosecute [HRW report] allegations of abuse of Afghan detainees. The group welcomed this week's prison sentence [JURIST report] for CIA contractor David Passaro [JURIST news archive], who was found guilty of [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] gathered intelligence on the US embassy in Kabul and "participated in an advanced al Qaeda course on information collection and surveillance" before being captured in 2001 while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to new details released Friday by [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation ruled Friday that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] should face trial in an appeals court on corruption charges [BBC backgrounder]. Berlusconi was accused of bribing judges to stop the auction of the SME state-owned food company to a [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court on Friday upheld the 2004 sale [JURIST report] of the top production unit of now-bankrupt oil company Yukos [JURIST news archive]. Yuganskneftegaz [corporate backgrounder] was auctioned off after Yukos was held liable for over $20 billion in back taxes [JURIST report]. Yukos sued in 2005 to [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Robert G. Doumar has said that he will not grant the Sudanese government's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by families of sailors killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole [Wikipedia backgrounder; US DOD inquiry report]. Although he has not issued a formal ruling [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A group of lawmakers from the US Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday introduced [press release] the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act [S 2461 text; PDF], which would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] the same authority to regulate tobacco products as it [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Charles S. Haight ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU-NY press release] Thursday that the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] must stop its practice of videotaping lawful public gatherings and preserving the videotapes and adhere to the so-called "Modified Handschu Guidelines" developed by prior court rulings, which [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Judge Caterina Interlandi issued indictments Friday for 31 US and Italian intelligence agents for their alleged role in the February 17, 2003 abduction [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and extraordinary rendition of alleged terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] in Milan. Prosecutor Armando [read more]

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