Legal news from Monday, June 16, 2008
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The district court in The Hague Monday began hearing the first civil action [press release, in Dutch] against the Dutch State for the actions of its peacekeeping troops during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive]. The plaintiffs - UN translator Hasan Nuhanovic [PBS interview], whose family [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Monday announced it has imposed an indefinite stay [order, PDF; press release] on the war crimes trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile]. The court said it may consider releasing Lubanga because prosecutorial misconduct could deny him a [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday dismissed [order, PDF; opinion, PDF] a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy website] seeking access to e-mail records from the White House Office of Administration (OA) [official website] under the [read more]

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[JURIST] A man accused of hacking US government computers in 2001 and 2002 appealed to the judicial panel of the UK House of Lords Monday, arguing [certified points of appeal, PDF] that his extradition to the US would violate his human rights. British police arrested systems analyst Gary McKinnon [BBC [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dozens of accused terror detainees held in US military prisons actually have no ties to terrorism, according to an investigative report published Sunday by McClatchy Newspapers [media website]. McClatchy reporters found that many of the 66 former terror detainees interviewed were ordinary civilians or petty criminals; only 34 had [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday agreed to hear three cases [Order List, PDF], including Ashcroft v. Iqbal, et al. (07-1015) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether high-ranking US officials are protected by qualified immunity from suit for alleged [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal [official website] Monday upheld [decision; summary, PDF] a December 2006 decision [ABC report] ordering a retrial of suspected terrorist Joseph Thomas [advocacy website], nicknamed "Jihad Jack" by the popular media. Thomas' original convictions for carrying a fake passport and receiving funds [read more]

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[JURIST] A Singapore court Monday charged a US citizen and former Singapore lawyer with insulting a public servant after he published critical comments about a judge on his blog. California-based Gopalan Nair [firm profile] was arrested last week after accusing a judge presiding over a defamation case brought by former [read more]

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[JURIST] The government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] plans to release certain inmates [press briefing] who have served half their prison sentences in order to reduce the country's overcrowded prison populations, Bangladeshi officials said Monday. The prisoner release plan comes following the June announcement of a clampdown on crime [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down two decisions Monday, including Florida Dept. of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report], in which the Court ruled that a federal bankruptcy code provision [11 USC §1146(a) text] exempting certain court-confirmed transfers from state and [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kosovo's new constitution [text] went into effect Sunday despite a declaration by Serbian President Boris Tadic that the charter of the breakaway Serbian province was legally void. The constitution was adopted [JURIST report] by the Assembly of Kosovo [official website] in April and later certified by the European Union [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST]Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali", denied involvement in the killing of Shi'ite civilians at a demonstration during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Al-Majid is charged with crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband [official website] said Sunday that parliament would continue the process to ratify the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], despite an Irish referendum which rejected the treaty last week [JURIST report]. Miliband said [read more]

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[JURIST] Officials from Pakistani co-ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website] will soon present an impeachment motion against President Pervez Musharraf, a PML-N MP told a National Assembly [official website] meeting Sunday. PML-N and coalition partner Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website] officials have disagreed [JURIST report] on how [read more]

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