Legal news from Thursday, May 29, 2008
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] issued five decisions Thursday finding Russia responsible for the disappearance of a dozen people during Russian armed raids in Chechnya in 2002 and 2003. Families of the victims, all of whom are presumed dead, had raised claims under the Convention [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial of a US Marine intelligence officer charged in connection with the November 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] began Thursday at Camp Pendleton, California [official website]. US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson [defense website; JURIST news archive] is charged [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Wednesday moved to have all charges against him dismissed, alleging that he has been tortured in US custody. In a motion filed by his military defense lawyer, Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] said that he has been subjected [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled [PDF text] Wednesday that a Farmers Branch, Texas [city website; JURIST news archive] ordinance that would bar landlords from renting apartments to most illegal immigrants is unconstitutional. Ordinance 2903 [DOC text] requires apartment renters to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor David Paterson [official profile] has ordered all state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] from other states as legal marriages for purposes of New York law. The instructions highlighted in Thursday media reports came in a May 14 memo [PDF text] circulated by the [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese woman who is a permanent resident of New Orleans pleaded guilty Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] to charges of aiding and abetting espionage by passing national defense information to Chinese agents. Yu Xin Kang [CICentre materials] could face [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The co-chair of Pakistan's governing Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website] pleaded for calm Thursday with members of the nation's vocal lawyers' movement, cautioning that "hidden forces" could seize on any perceived unrest to reimpose martial law and destroy democracy in Pakistan. Speaking to members of the People's Lawyers [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] to remand a set of consolidated tort claims brought against military contractors in Iraq, holding that further factual development is necessary before determining whether the cases were nonjusticiable political questions. The plaintiffs allege [Bloomberg [read more]

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[JURIST] California Deputy State Registrar and Chief of the Office of Vital Records [official website] Janet McKee issued a memorandum [PDF text] Wednesday setting June 17 as the start date for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The California Supreme Court's May 15 ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] in In [read more]

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