Legal news from Monday, February 25, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Three Canadian opposition MPs and a US military lawyer urged the Canadian government Monday to request the extradition and repatriation of Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], a Canadian citizen being detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The three MPs - Joe Comartin (NDP, Windsor-Tecumseh, Ontario), Dominic [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's backing of Serbia in its denunciation of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence [text; JURIST report] last week is in keeping with international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov [official profile] said Monday. Lavrov told Vesti 24 [media website] television that Russia is "actively supporting" Serbian efforts to restore [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] in Cuellar v. United States [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-1456, where the Court considered "whether merely hiding funds with no design to create the appearance of legitimate wealth is sufficient to [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] At least 10 Turkish universities have continued to enforce a ban on headscarves [JURIST report] despite recent amendments to the Turkish constitution [text] lifting the ban, according to Monday media reports. Head of the Higher Education Board Yusuf Ozcan said in a weekend statement that universities "have the duty [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pentagon General Counsel William J. Haynes II [official profile] will resign his position with the US Department of Defense [official website] next month, according to an announcement [text] from the DOD Monday. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] commented that Haynes' tenure as DOD general counsel was the [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Minsk [official website] and European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner [official profile] issued renewed calls Monday for Belarus to release all political prisoners currently in custody. US and EU officials specifically urged the release of opposition politician Alexander Kozulin [CFR [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A district court in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] held hearings Monday to consider the second appeal of three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder]. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Indonesia ordered the lower district court [JURIST report] to [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Monday reiterated his support [transcript] for a surveillance bill that grants immunity for telecommunications companies [JURIST report] from lawsuits related to their participation in the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. During a meeting with the National Governors' Association, Bush urged the House [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] New International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [ICC profile; JURIST report] reiterated in a Sunday interview with Serbian news site B92.net [media website] that he will do everything in his power to ensure that fugitive Bosnian Serb leaders Ratko Mladic [BBC [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday agreed to hear three cases [Order List, PDF], including Arizona v. Gant (07-542) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] where the Court will consider whether "the Fourth Amendment require[s] law enforcement officers to demonstrate a threat to their safety or [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice told the Independent [interview text] on Sunday that he was not afforded a lawyer to represent him during his four-minute closed court trial, and that he was [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Cuban National Assembly on Sunday, by a unanimous show of hands, officially voted Raul Castro [BBC profile], 76, to the position of president, and also chose Jose Ramon Machado Ventura [GlobalSecurity profile], 76, as the first vice president. Ventura is known as a hard-line supporter of former President [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice Ronald George [official profile] of the California Supreme Court told the state's Judiciary Council on Friday that the Supreme Court is withdrawing a proposed constitutional amendment [PDF text] aimed at expediting death penalty appeals by allowing the Supreme Court to transfer death penalty appeals to the intermediate [read more]

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