Legal news from Tuesday, July 8, 2008
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg [official profiles] Tuesday signed [press statement] an agreement allowing the US to install ballistic missile radar systems in the Czech Republic, prompting an immediate Russian threat of a "military-technical" response if the deal is implemented. [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The upper house of the Dutch parliament voted 50-15 Tuesday to approve the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. Last month, Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official profile] said that he would press on with ratification, even [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] An en-banc panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Wednesday released a ruling [PDF text] granting broad deference to the National Forest Service (NFS) [official website] when making decisions regarding the impact of logging on national forests. The ruling comes in a case [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Health and Human Services [official website] Monday hosted a discussion with genetic scientists, advocates and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genome mapping companies Navigenics, DeCode Genetics, and 23andMe [corporate websites] to discuss regulatory concerns. DTC genetic testing allows members of the public to obtain genetic data about themselves, [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Genocide suspects held at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] will now be able to receive conjugal visits, court officials said Saturday. Court spokesman Roland Amoussouga said that the new policy would bring the court's practices more in line with those of the International Criminal Tribunal [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] An apparent assassination attempt [PCHR press release] against Palestinian Authority Attorney General Ahmed al-Moghani failed in the West Bank town of Ramallah Tuesday when a bomb placed in his car exploded as he stood several feet away. Al-Moghani was not injured in the blast. It is not yet clear [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush called on Congress Tuesday to reject amendments [WH fact sheet] to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] that would deny telecom companies retroactive immunity for participating in the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. In a letter [PDF text] [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] Tuesday ruled [PDF text] that the government can require convicts to receive injections of anti-psychotic medication as a condition of their supervised release. Philip Holman repeatedly failed to abide by a condition of his supervised release that required [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] EU justice ministers agreed to a draft immigration and asylum proposal Tuesday during an informal meeting held ahead of the official Wednesday summit in Cannes, France. The draft policy is aimed at standardizing EU nations' approach to immigration and asylum, as set out in the work programme [PDF text] [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court [official website, in Thai] ruled 8-1 Tuesday that a June cabinet communique supporting the establishment of a World Heritage site on the countries' shared border was unconstitutional [PDF press release, in Thai]. In June, Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama signed the Thai-Cambodian Joint Communique, indicating Thai [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A US group co-chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher [group's leadership profiles] released a report [PDF text; NYT op-ed] Tuesday calling for a new law requiring the president to consult with Congress before going to war. Called the National War Powers Commission [official website], [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court Monday rejected an attempt by relatives of Polish victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre [CNN backgrounder; Poland backgrounder] to renew investigations into the killings. The government of Mikhail Gorbachev [Guardian profile] admitted in 1990 that Josef Stalin had personally ordered [documents, in Russian] the secret police [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] released a report [HRW materials; press release] Tuesday calling on the Saudi government to institute new legal protections for the country's estimated 1.5 million domestic workers. The group said that migrant domestic workers have fewer protections than those in other [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] went on trial for corruption Tuesday in the Thai Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions [Thai judiciary backgrounder]. In March, Thaksin pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to the charges stemming from a 2003 land purchase [read more]

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