Legal news from Friday, April 27, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Friday that a top al Qaeda operative has been tranferred to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by the CIA. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi [DOD profile, PDF], an Iraqi citizen who is suspected of coordinating cross-border attacks on US forces in Afghanistan [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D) [official website] introduced a bill Friday to legalize gay marriage in New York. In a press release, Spitzer said [text]:Under current law, partners unable to enter into a civil marriage - and their children - lack legal protections taken for granted by married [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Canadian advertising executive Jean LaFleur plead guilty Friday to 28 counts of fraud for his alleged role in the federal sponsorship scandal [JURIST news archive; CBC backgrounder]. Lafleur is accused of billing the Canadian federal government for work which was never done, and ultimately bilking the government of [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) [official website] Thursday introduced a bill to restrict gun sales to terror suspects. S. 1237 [bill materials] would give the US attorney general the power and discretion to block gun sales to people listed as suspected terrorists. Under the bill, potential buyers who were [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the German Federal Prosecutor [official website, in German] Friday declined to investigate a war crimes claim [ASIL backgrounder; PDF introduction, in English] against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] and other high-ranking US officials filed by human rights groups [JURIST report] seeking accountability [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UK special court ruled on Friday that two Libyan men suspected of involvement in terrorist activities could not be deported to Libya [JURIST news archive], overriding an agreement between the two governments. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission [backgrounder] ordered [order text, PDF] the two men released on bail, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Three US soldiers were indicted Friday for the 2003 death of a Spanish reporter who was killed when their tank fired a shell at a Baghdad hotel. A Spanish judge charged Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip DeCamp [TrialWatch profiles] with homicide and "a crime [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Milan upheld a lower court decision Friday clearing former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of charges that he bribed judges to prevent the sale of food company SME to rivals in 1985. After the lower court acquitted [BBC report], then-Prime [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Democratic and Republic senators sparred over the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees at a US Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] hearing [witness list and prepared statements] Wednesday. In a rare appearance as a committee witness [prepared testimony; recorded video], US Senate Judiciary [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Japan denied compensation claims made by five Chinese wartime slave laborers Friday, ruling that companies that utilized Chinese individuals were not obligated to provide compensation because the 1972 Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China [text] [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps [official website] has been told to expect charges to be filed against five to seven Marines who are being investigated for killing ten civilians [JURIST report] near Jalalabad, Afghanistan on March 4, according to a Marine official speaking on the condition of anonymity. A preliminary [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] California state legislators Thursday approved [Schwarzenegger press release] a $8.3 billion dollar program [AP 900 text] to construct facilities to provide 53,000 new prison and jail beds over the next five years as part of an effort to alleviate California's overcrowded prisons [JURIST news archive]. Lawmakers said that the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Japan [official website, English version] affirmed a Tokyo High Court decision Friday denying government compensation to two Chinese women who were forced to work as "comfort women" [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive], because the 1972 Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] released an inventory of 171 internal documents withheld from Congress [PDF text] Thursday, resisting congressional demands that the department disclose and release emails and memos involving the controversial firing of eight US attorneys [JURIST news archive]. The withheld documents involve communications between [read more]

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