Legal news from Friday, January 4, 2008
18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Bosnian Serb general Novack Djukic was indicted [press release] Friday by the War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina [official website] for allegedly ordering a 1995 attack on the town of Tuzla in which 71 people were killed. Djukic, who commanded the Bosnian [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutor Franco Ionta said Friday that he would "almost certainly" appeal a Rome court's October 2007 dismissal [JURIST report] of a criminal case against US Army Spc. Mario Lozano [defense website] for the murder of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the attempted [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari in six cases [order list, PDF], including Kennedy v. Louisiana (07-343) [docket; cert. petition], in which the Supreme Court will consider whether a death sentence constitutes cruel and unusual punishment when imposed for a crime in [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] Friday filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release, DOC] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against University of California Berkeley law professor John Yoo [academic profile], the author of controversial US government memos arguing that detained enemy [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] About 60 members of the 100-member Ecuadorian Congress [official website] met at a hotel in Quito Thursday despite being suspended [JURIST report] by the special Constitutional Assembly in late November. Head of Congress Jorge Cevallos had said [press release, in Spanish] when the Congress disbanded in November that legislators [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for an Oklahoma man filed a taxpayer lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday seeking to overturn a state immigration law as an alleged violation of the state constitution. The Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007 [HB 1804 text, RTF] denies illegal immigrants state identification and requires all Oklahoma [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Communist Party of China [official backgrounder] Thursday issued a list of "10 taboos" [Xinhua report] for public officials as part of the government's attempt to fight corruption ahead of a reshuffling of provincial leadership posts later this month. The rules focus on preventing bribes, favors, negative campaigning, and [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition activists in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] called for the release of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [Nobel Prize profile; JURIST news archive] Friday as the nation observed its independence day. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NDL) issued a statement also demanding the release of Buddhist monks [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Grand National Assembly [official website] passed a bill Thursday that prohibits smoking in government buildings, offices, bars and restaurants, and imposes stiff penalties for noncompliance. People caught smoking in designated non-smoking areas could be fined 50 Turkish lira, while companies that advertise or distribute tobacco [JURIST news [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The CIA made plans to destroy videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive] as early as 2003, according to correspondence [press release] made public by US Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) Thursday. In a February 2003 letter [PDF text] from Harman to the CIA general counsel, Harman [read more]

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