Legal news from Thursday, November 20, 2008
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] announced Thursday that they will lift restrictions [control order, PDF] on former Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. The announcement came after Hicks issued a plea by posting a video on the website of Australian advocacy [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Thursday formally asked ICC judges to issue arrest warrants [ICC press release] for the leaders of rebel groups in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. Ocampo had said last Friday at a meeting of [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday ordered the release [order, PDF] of five Algerian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. In the first ruling on detainees' rights since the June Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush [opinion, PDF; [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] has been ordered to stand trial for "complicity in slanderous denunciation" in connection with the a long-running political scandal know as the Clearstream Affair [BBC backgrounder]. De Villepin is accused [AFP report] of having orchestrated [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] released a report [text] Thursday saying that "French detention and immigration policies risk reducing human rights protection." laying out the findings of his visit to France in May, Hammarberg expressed specific concern with overcrowding and poor conditions in [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Media reports that Clinton-era Deputy US Attorney General Eric Holder [professional profile; JURIST report] has been selected for nomination to the position of US Attorney General by President-elect Barack Obama prompted the the Republican National Committee (RNC) [party website] to circulate an e-mail [text] Wednesday criticizing Holder for his [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed a government motion [text, PDF] asking a federal judge to review the procedure for handling appeals by detainees being held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The DOJ claims that the current rules, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Army prosecutors said Wednesday they would be filing new charges against Mohammad al-Qahtani [JURIST news archive], a Saudi Arabian citizen being held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Al-Qahtani is known as the "20th hijacker" for his alleged role in the 9/11 attacks [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons [official website] on Tuesday gave final approval [session transcript] to the Climate Change Bill [draft text; materials], which requires the country to cut its greenhouse gas emissions [AFP report] by 80 percent by the year 2050. The bill, heralded as the first binding legislation [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] on Wednesday agreed [order, PDF; press release] to hear challenges to Proposition 8 [text, materials], the ballot measure that amended the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, while refusing a petition to stay [text, PDF] its enforcement. The court will begin hearing [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a grant of summary judgment for the plaintiff by the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island [official website] in an action seeking the return of a painting confiscated from a [read more]

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