Legal news from Thursday, March 29, 2007
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] and White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profile] were deeply involved in discussions about the firings of federal prosecutors [JURIST news archive], according to testimony [statement text] Thursday from former Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson [official profile] before the Senate Judiciary [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] British resident and Iraqi citizen Bisher al-Rawi [Wikipedia profile] is scheduled for release from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to a statement by UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett [official profile] in Parliament Thursday. Held as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo since its opening nearly [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website, English version] denied Thursday that the Japanese government had pressured a Shinto shrine to honor war criminals after the National Diet Library [official website] released documents suggesting that the government was deeply involved in the decision. A document dated January 1969 shows [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [General Assembly website] passed a bill Wednesday to ignore the US Electoral College [official website] in presidential elections, instead awarding the state's 10 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Currently, the state's 10 votes go to the candidate who won the popular [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Japanese court threw out a lawsuit by a group of Japanese abandoned in China as children [Kyoto Journal backgrounder] after Japan's defeat in World War II, officials said Thursday. Plaintiffs had alleged that the government was responsible for delaying their return to Japan [JURIST news archive] by decades [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora [official profile] Wednesday called on US law enforcement to take action to stop the flow of guns and drug money from the United States into Mexico [JURIST news archive]. Mora told a gathering of business leaders that many of the arms used in [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a report [text; press release] Thursday detailing abuse and torture suffered by seven former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees at the hands of Russian law enforcement agencies since their release from US custody in 2004. The seven men were released from [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Muslim woman filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a judge who asked her to remove her niqab [Wikipedia backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in court, claiming the request violated her First Amendment [text] right to practice her religion. In the lawsuit, Ginnnah Muhammad alleges that state small claims Judge [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law are hosting a one-day conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday in celebration of JURIST's 10th anniversary. Law as a Seamless Web|site [conference website] features four panels [agenda] and 14 distinguished speakers [profiles] exploring a range of issues at the intersections of [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Ecuador on Wednesday reinstated 57 members of the legislature who had been dismissed [JURIST report] earlier this month by the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish]. The reinstatements came one week after Ecuador swore in 21 replacement legislators [JURIST report] in order to establish [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ruled Wednesday that the Russian Peace Party was too small to be considered a legitimate political party under a 2004 law and should be shut down. According to the Federal Registration Service [official website], Peace Party membership had fallen below a [read more]

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