Legal news from Thursday, October 9, 2008
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush issued an executive order [text; press briefing] on Thursday that creates a Transition Coordinating Council to head up transition efforts of executive agencies and the incoming administration in the months leading up to the presidential change early next year. The Council, among other things, [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Court of Appeal Thursday reduced insurrection charges against nine People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) [advocacy website, in Thai] activists following this week's violent clashes between police and PAD protesters [BBC report]. The court dismissed treason charges against the PAD members as groundless, but maintained the lesser charges of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] Thursday adopted a fact-specific test [opinion, PDF] for determining whether a disabled student has been placed in the 'least restrictive environment' as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text]. A three-judge panel explicitly endorsed the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from voter rolls against federal voting law, according to a New York Times report [text] published Thursday. The report examined the actions of election officials in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, and North Carolina, and found [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday announced [press release] that the first trial of a former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader is unlikely to take place until next year. The case of Kaing Guek-Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder; court materials], also [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the administration of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] to give its position on providing $250 million this year toward the $8 billion needed to reform the state's prison health care system. US District Judge Thelton Henderson [official profile] of the Northern District [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The British government on Wednesday froze nearly $4 billion in UK financial assets [Treasury press release; Daily Mail report] held by the failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki [corporate website], exercising its powers under the 2001 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act [text]. One of the largest Icelandic banks, Landsbanki has enjoyed [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday extended the jail term [defense release] of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] until February 2009. Khodorkovsky headed the now-bankrupt Yukos Oil Co. [Time backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and was sent to prison by the Russian government in 2005 [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of both Philippine rebel groups and government militias could be held responsible for the use of child soldiers [GSCR backgrounder] under a new US law, according to a Wednesday statement [AP report] by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. The Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008 [text], signed into [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] late Wednesday issued a temporary stay [order, PDF] of a district court order requiring the federal government to release 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. A three-judge panel wrote: [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] German authorities Wednesday transferred custody of Augustin Ngirabatware, a former Rwandan minister suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwanda genocide [BBC backgrounder], from a facility in Frankfurt to a UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania. In Tanzania, Ngirabatware awaits an appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] US military officers feared for the mental health of alleged terrorism detainees held in isolation in the US, according to documents [ACLU materials; press release] received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. The materials released Wednesday [read more]

01:10 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department legal advisor John B. Bellinger III [official profile; JURIST news archive],told the Guardian newspaper Tuesday that British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan [JURIST news archives] are not detaining suspected insurgents in those countries due to concerns that the soldiers will be liable for their treatment of [read more]

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