Legal news from Wednesday, March 19, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred has affirmed [ruling, PDF] a prior ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] may send written questions to Khalid Sheik Mohammed [BBC profile] and other alleged high-level al Qaeda detainees. [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya [JURIST news archive] should not grant amnesty to anyone who committed human rights violations in the wake of December's disputed presidential election [JURIST report], according to a report [PDF text; press release] issued Wednesday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website]. The [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Presidency Council Wednesday withdrew its objections [JURIST report] to a provincial elections law detailing the relationship between Iraq's central and local governments. In a statement issued Wednesday, the three-member Presidency Council, comprised of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi [BBC profiles], and Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Chamber of Commerce v. Brown [LII case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-939, a case where the Court is reviewing the constitutionality of a 2000 California law [Assembly Bill 1889 text] that prohibits employers from [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge David Lawson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Tuesday dismissed with prejudice [opinion, PDF] a constitutional challenge to Proposal 2 [text; JURIST news archive], an amendment to the Michigan Constitution [PDF text] banning affirmative action in public employment, public [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Judge Oscar Magi on Wednesday ordered the continuation of the trial of 26 Americans [JURIST news archive] and several former Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST news archive]. Magi suspended [JURIST report] the trial [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Magistrate Judge John Facciola Tuesday ordered [PDF text; CREW press release] the White House to explain why it should not be required to create forensic copies of all e-mails passed through computers in the Executive Office of the President [official website] between March 2003 to October 2005. In [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Wednesday that a Louisiana death sentence should be overturned because the trial judge "committed clear error" in ruling on the defendant's objection to a prosecution peremptory jury challenge, which the defendant argued was based on race. The ruling came [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website] on Wednesday placed an injunction [ruling; press release, both in German] on a federal law that gave the government the ability to access and collect Internet and telephone data. The law, which went into effect in January, allowed the government to collect information [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the current acting Fijian government argued in court Wednesday that the December military coup [JURIST report] was legal because Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] had reserve powers that permitted the president to dismiss the government and appoint new leaders. Former Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer representing a group of Illinois pharmacists asked the state supreme court Tuesday to strike down a 2005 emergency rule [press release] issued by Illinois Governor Rod Blogjevich which requires pharmacies to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, including emergency contraception. During oral arguments [recorded video], the pharmacists' lawyer argued [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights [advocacy website] has filed a complaint [press release, PDF] with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States [official websites], against Mexico, alleging that the Mexican government failed to adequately respond to the [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings [official profile] Tuesday announced [speech text] a new pilot program [press release] under the federal No Child Left Behind program [official website] that is aimed at narrowing statewide education reform to focus on schools most in need of "dramatic intervention":One thing we know [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US Marine sergeant was charged [press release] Tuesday with one count of murder and one count of dereliction of duty for his involvement in the shooting of a detained Iraqi insurgent during the Multinational National Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

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