Legal news from Wednesday, October 10, 2007
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction [PDF text] Wednesday blocking the implementation of new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] regulations [PDF text] intended to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain US employment. The [read more]

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[JURIST] US military forces in Iraq released 60 detainees Wednesday as part of Operation Lion's Paw [press release], an ongoing effort to increase the number of Iraqi detainees released daily to at least 50 [JURIST report] during the month of Ramadan, which ends Saturday. Organized by the Iraqi government and [read more]

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[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday approved [chairman statement] a resolution labeling the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers [ANI backgrounder; Turkish DC Embassy backgrounder] as genocide. The resolution now goes to the House floor, where a vote is expected [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Senate confirmation hearings for US Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey [WH fact sheet; PBWT profile] will begin October 17 [press release], Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Wednesday. Leahy has already outlined for Mukasey several issues of "concern" [letter, PDF; JURIST report], including:how you would ensure [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former US President Jimmy Carter [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that under the Bush administration the United States "for the first time in my lifetime has abandoned the basic principles of human rights". He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview [recorded video]: "We've said that the [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Wednesday conducted an evidentiary hearing in the decade-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website; JURIST news archive]. The class-action suit involves the alleged mismanagement by the US Department of the Interior [official website] of American Indian [read more]

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[JURIST] France Wednesday formally agreed to abolish the death penalty in all circumstances when it ratified [press release, in French] a provision of the European Convention on Human Rights [text; death penalty dossier]. Since its 2003 inception, Protocol 13 [text], designed to allow signatories to "take the final step in [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice filed notice [PDF text] Tuesday that it will appeal last month's district court decision [opinion, PDF] that found provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] to be unconstitutional [JURIST report]. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used the Patriot Act to search [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Medellin v. Texas [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-984, where the court considered whether the Bush administration has the authority to direct a state court to comply with a ruling from the [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Many female human rights activists in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] have been repeatedly arrested, unlawfully detained, and subjected to beatings at the hands of police, according to the preliminary results of surveys conducted by the advocacy group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) [advocacy website]. The WOZA report released Tuesday [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Wednesday called for Congress to make permanent [press release] the expansion of surveillance powers granted in August's Protect America Act [S 1927 materials], adding that he would not sign any eavesdropping bill that does not grant retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies facing lawsuits related [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar opposition protester Win Shwe died while being interrogated by junta authorities, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. The Thailand-based group said that Win Shwe died while being tortured [press release] and that his body was cremated at the detention facility. AAPP also said [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] said in a Wednesday letter to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] that he is in "excellent" health and that the ICTY registrar has exaggerated the severity his condition. The registrar expressed concern [submission, [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US and Iraqi officials said Wednesday that they have launched an investigation into Iraqi civilian deaths believed to be caused by armed guards working for security and defense company Unity Resources Group [corporate website]. Two women were killed in shootings that occurred on Tuesday in Baghdad. Unity was hired [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday affirmed a federal appeals court ruling [order, PDF] that the parents of a disabled child are entitled to reimbursement for the costs of private school education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text], even though the [read more]

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[JURIST] An Argentinean court sentenced former military chaplain Christian von Wernich [Trial Watch profile] Tuesday to life imprisonment for participating in seven homicides, 34 cases of torture and 42 cases of kidnapping during the Argentina's Dirty War [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Von Wernich is the third person to [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] has filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, challenging the US Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR) [DOD materials] decision to send Khadr's case back to a military tribunal, Khadr's lawyers said Tuesday. Last week, [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed the War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2007 [HR 400 materials] Tuesday, a bill creating new criminal provisions to govern fraud conducted by private defense contractors against the US government. The measure, passed by a vote of 375-3 [roll call], "amends the federal criminal [read more]

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