Legal news from Wednesday, April 30, 2008
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Top members of Pakistan's government coalition Wednesday failed to reach an agreement on restoring judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf last year after he declared emergency rule [PDF text; JURIST report], but vowed to continue discussions Thursday. The two leading coalition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan [read more]

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[JURIST] US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred Wednesday set down terms under which Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] can question suspected al Qaeda leaders currently in US custody at Guantanamo as part of his defense effort. Hamdan's defense team had asked for "two-way" [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday set January 6, 2009 for the third terrorism prosecution [JURIST report] of six men charged with conspiring [DOJ press release] to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago and the FBI headquarters in Miami after two previous prosecutions ended in mistrials. Earlier this month, US District [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by the city of New York against gun manufacturers, ruling that gun makers were immune from suit under a 2005 federal law [JURIST report] that shields the firearms industry from civil lawsuits [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police have launched investigations into at least 100 cases of alleged fraud in the March 29 contested presidential election [JURIST report], officials said Wednesday. Police have arrested voters accused of voting multiple times in the election, as well as several Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) [official website] officials accused [read more]

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[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Wednesday vowed to push for the passage of a new anti-terror bill [BBC Q/A] that would allow British authorities to detain terror suspects up to 42 days without charge. Current law only authorizes detention without charge for 28 days [JURIST report], but bill proponents [read more]

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[JURIST] A US military judge Wednesday rejected arguments that Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] was a child soldier when he was captured in Afghanistan and that the US military commission responsible for his trial lacks jurisdiction over the case. In a motion filed with US [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian government will introduce legislation to amend over 100 federal laws [press release] to remove discrimination against same-sex couples [JURIST news archive], Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland [official profile] said Wednesday. The legislation, which will be introduced during the winter sitting of parliament and is expected to be [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] voted Tuesday to restrict Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] interrogators to techniques explicitly authorized by the military, approving a measure that would effectively prevent the CIA from using waterboarding [JURIST news archive] during interrogations. The vote came during markup [read more]

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[JURIST] A New York appeals court has upheld [opinion text] a jury's finding that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent [JURIST report] in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center [BBC backgrounder] by Islamic radicals that killed six and injured 1,000. The jury found [read more]

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[JURIST] The Grand National Assembly of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] voted Wednesday in favor of restricting the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the country's penal code [text, in Turkish], which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Lawmakers voted 250-65 in favor of amending Article [read more]

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