Legal news from Wednesday, July 11, 2007
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson [official profile] defended last month's EPA proposal [JURIST report] to toughen standards for US air quality during testimony at a Wednesday Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing [meeting materials; recorded video]. Johnson testified that the current standard [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Wednesday called for the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to dismiss a UK request for a reconsideration of the absolute ban on torture and coercion in ECHR case law. The court is currently holding hearings [press release] in the case of Saadi [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A military investigating officer in the case against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt [advocacy website], accused in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005, has recommended dropping all charges against Sharratt according to Wednesday reports. In his Investigating Officer's Report [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean judge rejected a request by Peru [press release, in Spanish] Wednesday seeking the extradition [JURIST report] of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], who has been charged in his former country with corruption and human rights violations. In the 122-point rejection, Judge Orlando [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance [official website] Wednesday overturned [judgment] the European Union's freezing of assets [Council Decision 2006/379/EC text, PDF] against Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman Jose Maria Sison [MIPT profile] and the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa Foundation [Wikipedia backgrounder; judgment], finding that the Council did not [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iran has opened an investigation into the judge who ordered the stoning execution of a man convicted of adultery [BBC report], the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) [media website, in Farsi] reported Wednesday. According to ISNA, an unnamed judicial official said the action was in violation of the 2002 [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law [official website] issued an opinion [text] Wednesday finding that the use of public video surveillance [JURIST news archive] constitutes "an undeniable threat to fundamental rights such as the right to privacy and the right of respect for his or [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwandan senate has approved a bill to abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive], according to Wednesday reports by Radio Rwanda. The bill, proposed last year by Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] with the support of his party [JURIST report] and passed by the lower [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United Kingdom and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] signed an agreement Tuesday formalizing a British commitment [JURIST report] to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in Britain if Taylor is convicted by the SCSL. In June, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House Political Director Sara M. Taylor [SourceWatch profile] refused to answer questions from the the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in connection with the US Attorney firings controversy [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, saying that she did not have the ability to independently "assess or question" President [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A British judge sentenced four men convicted of conspiracy to murder [JURIST report] for the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] on July 21, 2005 to life in prison Wednesday, saying that Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed, and Hussain Osman must [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] French magistrates are expected to file preliminary charges against former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French] for allegedly ordering a smear campaign against former political rival and current French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile], Villepin's office said Tuesday. Villepin is accused of being [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge Tuesday refused to dismiss charges stemming from the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal against US Army Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive], rejecting a defense motion that the superior officer who ordered Jordan's court-martial had committed unlawful command influence [Army backgrounder, PDF]. [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Libyan Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentences [JURIST report] of six foreign medics [JURIST news archive] accused of knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients with the HIV virus. The court's decision will now be considered by the executive-controlled High Judicial Council, which will meet next week [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian judiciary spokesperson Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday that government prosecutors have expanded their investigations against Iranian-American scholars Dr. Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile], director of the Middle East Program at the DC-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release], a consultant with the Open [read more]

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