Legal news from Thursday, June 14, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] accused the government of Canada of having "abandoned" its citizen in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in an open letter [text] Thursday to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The letter urged Harper to press the US for the repatriation of Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], the [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday voted against allowing a statewide vote on a proposed constitutional amendment [text] defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A total of 50 votes were needed to advance the amendment, but only 45 lawmakers supported the proposal, with 151 voting against. [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] civil rights investigations in the Bush administration have focused on issues of religious freedom and discrimination at the expense of race, the New York Times reported Thursday. As an extreme instance, the Times pointed to DOJ intervention in a case helping a [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush told the Legislative Conference of the Associated Builders and Contractors [organization website] Thursday that he supports an immigration bill amendment to provide $4.4 billion in immediate additional funding for border security [speech transcript], obtained through fines and penalties collected from illegal aliens. Bloomberg reports that [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge Thursday rejected a request [JURIST report] by former US vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] that his prison sentence [JURIST report] for blocking the probe into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity be delayed pending appeal. Libby's lawyers [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] Thursday told the lower house of Germany's parliament [official website, in German] that she hopes a road map to an eventual European constitution [JURIST news archive] can be achieved at an EU summit in Brussels next week, but expressed doubts [speech text, in [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Zimbabwean House of Assembly, the lower chamber of parliament, approved the controversial Interception of Communications Bill [PDF text] Wednesday, authorizing the the directors of Zimbabwe's Central Intelligence Organization [Wikipedia backgrounder], the military, taxation authority, and the Commissioner of Police to intercept communications across the telephone, the internet, and [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo [official website] said Wednesday that Peru will accept a ruling by the Chilean Supreme Court on whether Chile will extradite former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], emphasizing that Peru will not interfere with the judicial proceedings to avoid the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a briefing paper [text] for the European Union (EU) released Thursday that the United Nations had "tarnished its reputation and undermined its legitimacy" by failing to hold individuals in the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the NATO Kosovo [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in three cases Thursday, including the consolidated cases of Davenport v. Washington Education Association and Washington v. Washington Education Association [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that states do not violate the First [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian police spokesman Wednesday confirmed the weekend arrest of leading terrorist suspect Abu Dujana [BBC profile] Wednesday, saying that Dujana was arrested with seven other suspects in a raid that "finished" off the main body of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Dujana, [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] Wednesday published new draft guidelines concerning the use of national security letters (NSL) [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] to correct privacy violations [JURIST report] revealed in March by a Department of Justice review. The new guidelines, which enter into effect immediately, [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] Wednesday filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] against federal immigration officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF), and the Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) [official websites], seeking injunctive and declaratory [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] Tuesday cited the governments of 16 countries, including 11 predominantly Islamic states, for not making a "significant effort to combat human trafficking" in its annual report [PDF text] on modern-day slavery around the world Tuesday. Although Algeria, Bahrain, Burma, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, [read more]

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