Legal news from Tuesday, July 15, 2008
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington DC City Council on Tuesday passed emergency temporary legislation [PDF text; press release] to amend the city's long-standing ban on handguns. The amendment is intended to bring the city ordinance more in line with the recent US Supreme Court decision [JURIST report] in District of Columbia v. [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Justice Ministry Tuesday filed a challenge in Spain's Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] to block a planned Basque region referendum on increased autonomy. The referendum, approved by the Basque Parliament last month, will ask citizens whether the Basque government [official website] should begin negotiations for increased [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] said [press release] Monday that the US terrorist watchlist [FBI FAQ] is too large, contains inaccuracies, and should include more safeguards to prevent the unnecessary targeting of passengers for additional security screenings. The group estimated that the register now includes more [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme [personal website, in Dutch] submitted his resignation [press release, in Dutch] Monday night because of his coalition government's inability to successfully divide federal powers between the Flemish- and French-speaking communities. Leterme had set a deadline of July 15 for the four-month-old coalition [founding text, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday upheld [text, PDF] the dismissal of a libel case brought against the New York Times by former US Army biodefense research scientist Dr. Stephen Hatfill [WP profile]. In its ruling, the court agreed with [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court Monday found 15 police officers and medical staff members guilty of abusing anti-globalization protesters [JURIST report] who were taken into custody during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa [official website; BBC backgrounder]. The protesters said they were subjected to threats and physical abuse, and were denied [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Court ruled [opinion] Tuesday that a law giving police regulatory powers over potentially "annoying" behavior during World Youth Day (WYD) [official website] was unconstitutional and possibly exceeded legislative intent. Section 7(1)(b) of the World Youth Day Amendment Regulation 2008 [text, PDF], designed to amend and supplement [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday formally accepted a joint Indonesian-East-Timorese Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) [official website] finding that Indonesia was responsible for human rights violations following a 1999 referendum in which East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia [BBC backgrounder]. This is the first time that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] following his failure to appear at a Malaysian police station to give a statement regarding sodomy allegations [JURIST report] made against him by a former aide. According to police, Ibrahim had been [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] released an excerpt [video; transcript] Tuesday of a 2003 interrogation of Khadr conducted by Canadian officials, marking the first time Guantanamo interrogation footage has been available to the public. The eight-minute clip is part of seven hours [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate Republican Conference [official website] Monday called [C-Span video, RM] for an end to delays in considering federal district and circuit court judges nominated by President George W. Bush. Members of the Conference said the delays have lead to chronic under-staffing of federal courts and that [read more]

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