Legal news from Wednesday, September 12, 2007
17:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan terror suspect has been transferred to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Wednesday. Known only as Inayatullah, DOD said the detainee has admitted to being the head of al-Qaeda operations in Zahedan, Iran, and to orchestrating al-Qaeda terrorist attacks. [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Vermont ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that states have the power to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions. In Green Mountain Plymouth Dodge Jeep v. Crombie the court held that the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) [text] does not preempt state [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday ruled [syllabus and opinion, PDF] 5-0 that New Jersey doctors do not have a duty to inform abortion-seeking patients that an embryo is an "existing human being." The court declined to use the case of Acuna v. Turkish to weigh in [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A group of six US states and the District of Columbia, collectively called the "California group," Tuesday requested that the terms of the 2002 Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] antitrust settlement [final judgment] be extended from their scheduled expiration this November until 2012. Lawyers for the group, arguing [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Tuesday rejected [order, PDF] an appeal by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official profile] of rulings creating a federal panel [JURIST report] to supervise California's overcrowded prison system [JURIST news archive]. In July, two separate district court judges held [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese bank official convicted of corruption was executed [Peoples Daily report] Tuesday for taking bribes and embezzling the equivalent of almost $2 million USD. Wen Mengie, the former IT head of the Beijing branch of the Agricultural Bank of China [corporate website], bought three houses in Beijing with [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former British Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Tarek Dergoul [History Commons profile] is suing the UK's MI5 (domestic) and MI6 (foreign) [official websites] intelligence services over complicity with Dergoul's alleged torture, according to a Wednesday report [text] in the Guardian. Dergoul alleges that he was subjected to beatings, [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Peruvian President Alan Garcia [official website] criticized the Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday for delaying until after September 19 its ruling on whether to allow the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website, JURIST news archive]. Garcia said that he was confident the judges would come [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA) [official websites] have said that a July 20 appeals court decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] mandating the disclosure to federal appeals courts of all evidence on Guantanamo detainees will pose a [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Tennessee [JURIST news archive] executed a condemned man by electric chair [Wikipedia backgrounder] on Wednesday, the first execution by electrocution in the state since 1960. Daryl Holton, who confessed to the 1997 murder of his three sons and their half-sister, chose to be electrocuted [Shelbyville Times-Gazette report] rather than [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ousted Philippines president Joseph Estrada [BBC profile] was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after being convicted on "plunder" charges stemming from kickbacks he received while in office. Plunder was formerly a capital offense, but the Philippines abolished the death penalty in June 2006. Estrada said that he [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush has narrowed the list of candidates to replace outgoing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive], with officials indicating that former Solicitor General Theodore Olson [official profile] is one of the top candidates for the position. Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Schumer [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website, in Japanese; JURIST news archive] announced his resignation [BBC English translation] on Wednesday, citing problems renewing a Japanese anti-terrorism law. His office also cited health reasons. At a news conference, Abe said he hoped his resignation would allow Japan's political parties to [read more]

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