Legal news from Wednesday, August 13, 2008
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] California's court-appointed prison medical overseer J. Clark Kelso [official profile] has asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] to force the state to pay $8 billion over the next five years to improve prison hospitals, according to court papers filed Wednesday. Kelso has [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand Supreme Court vice president Krairiksh Kasemsant and army General Anupong Paochinda on Wednesday said there was no evidence to support accusations by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that the country's judiciary is biased against the former leader. Thaksin,who faces numerous corruption charges, most recently [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] should resign from office immediately, US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) [official website] said in a statement released on Monday. The same day that Pakistan's Punjab Provincial Assembly [official website] voted [JURIST report] to ask Musharraf to resign or face possible [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Alexander Bastrykin, chairman of Russia's Prosecutor General's Office, said Wednesday that his staff is collecting evidence [ITAR-TASS report] of war crimes allegedly committed by Georgian forces in the breakaway region of South Ossetia [BBC report]. European Union leaders are planning to meet in Brussels to discuss the conflict [AFP [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] French judges have launched an investigation into torture allegations by a Palestinian doctor who was detained in Libya [JURIST news archive] for eight years after being accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV, a judicial official said Tuesday. Last year, Ashraf Jima Hajuj filed a lawsuit [JURIST [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] on Tuesday granted the state an injunction [decision, PDF] prohibiting the National Forest Service (NFS) [NFS materials] from enforcing a 2001 rule [PDF text] prohibiting the construction of roads and other developments in designated wilderness areas. [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) officials accused of politicizing the hiring process will likely not face criminal prosecution, Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] told members of the American Bar Association [official website] on Tuesday. Mukasey criticized [prepared remarks; recorded video] DOJ officials for considering political affiliation in assessing [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday declined to rule [order, PDF] on whether Exxon Mobil [corporate website] owes interest on a punitive damages award entered against it for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill [EPA backgrounder]. In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 [opinion; [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Coast Guard [official website] on Wednesday resumed its investigatory hearings into a collision between a barge and a tanker [Washington Post report] which caused the spilling of approximately 400,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River on July 23, resulting in the temporary closure of a 100-mile [read more]

09:08 EDT

JURIST] The office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said on Tuesday that the organization has found significant evidence that Indian peacekeeping troops have committed sex-crimes [press release] while stationed with the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) [official website]. The Office of Internal [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] on Tuesday reached a settlement agreement [PDF text] in a federal class action suit brought by two pro-immigration advocacy groups seeking to force the government to rule on the naturalization applications of over 350 immigrants living in Washington state. The [read more]

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