Legal news from Wednesday, February 27, 2008
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] made his first visit to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, where he met with military and Justice Department officials working on the military prosecution of six Guantanamo Bay detainees suspected of involvement in [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website] ruled Wednesday that a 2006 North-Rhine Westphalia [state government website, in German] law authorizing intelligence agents to search personal computers, networks, and Internet communications was unconstitutional. The court ruled [text, in German; press release, in German] that the law violates privacy rights, but [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan journalist working as a cameraman for Canadian television network CTV [media website] has been designated as an enemy combatant [JURIST news archive], a US military spokesperson said Wednesday. US officials alleged that Jawed Ahmad [SAJA report; CPJ report] had Taliban phone numbers and videos in his possession [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar El Bashir [BBC profile] Wednesday addressed a massive rally in Khartoum protesting the reprinting of a cartoon depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad [JURIST report] by Jyllands-Poste [media website] earlier this month, saying that he would ban all Danish citizens from entering the country and calling [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday refused to say whether the White House had pressured the agency to reject California's request for a waiver that would have allowed the state to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and light trucks. During testimony [statement, [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Presidency Council Wednesday rejected a draft provincial elections law that detailed the relationship between Iraq's central and local governments, sending the legislation back to the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Arabic]. The draft law was part of a package of legislation approved [JURIST report] by the [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; merit briefs] 07-219, where the Court considered the punitive damages to be paid by Exxon Mobil [corporate website] for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill [EPA [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's main pro-secular opposition party appealed to the nation's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] Wednesday to overturn recently approved amendments to the country's constitution [text] easing a ban on Islamic headscarves [JURIST report] in universities. The Republican People's Party [party website, in Turkish] says the ban is necessary [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court judge Wednesday acquitted 20 suspected terrorists of the most serious charges related to an alleged plot to bomb the National Court in Madrid [BBC report] but convicted them on lesser charges [PDF verdict, in Spanish]. The court convicted 18 of the 20 suspects of belonging [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which along with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PML(N)) [party websites] will form Pakistan's new coalition government, vowed Tuesday to make Pakistan's judiciary fully independent. Asif Zardari [BBC profile], the new leader of the PPP and widower of former Pakistani Prime [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish], on Tuesday passed a bill [text; debate transcript, both in Spanish] on Tuesday authorizing a variety of judicial reforms [press release, in Spanish]. With a vote of 462-6 [tally, in Spanish], legislators overwhelmingly approved a bill [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Wednesday that a group of former and current Federal Express employees met the requirements for filing an age discrimination lawsuit against the company under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The decision came in Federal Express v. Holowecki [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) issued a record fine [press release] of 899 million euros ($1.3 billion) against Microsoft [corporate website; Microsoft EC archives] on Wednesday as penalty for failing to comply with a 2004 landmark ruling [JURIST report] requiring the software giant to share technical information with competitors. In [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense said Tuesday that three charges have been referred [press release; charges sheet, PDF] against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul for his alleged ties to al Qaeda. Al Bahlul [DOD materials] is accused of serving as "personal and media director" [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] had his rights violated when a federal judge mandated secrecy rules that prevented his lawyers from showing him classified evidence, according to a brief [PDF text] asking for Moussaoui's guilty plea to be overturned. In the brief, filed in January but recently unsealed, lawyers [read more]

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