Legal news from Tuesday, December 16, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that three Algerian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to their adopted homeland of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The transfer follows a November ruling [order, PDF; JURIST report] by Judge Richard Leon [official profile] [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladeshi President and head of the military backed interim government Iajuddin Ahmed [official profile] on Monday signed the Emergency Powers (Repeal) Ordinance 2008, lifting a two-year state of emergency in order to prepare for December 29 parliamentary elections. The state of emergency, declared in January 2007 [JURIST report], suspended [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that nondisclosure requirements contained in national security letters (NSLs) [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] to Internet service providers (ISPs) are [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced Monday that US Army Col. James Pohl [JURIST news archive], who presided over several court-martial proceedings resulting from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal [JURIST news archive], will be the new chief judge for the US military commissions [JURIST news archive]. Pohl replaces Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Sgt. Jermaine Nelson [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Monday in a military court at Camp Pendleton to charges of unpremeditated murder [UCMJ Article 118 text] and dereliction of duty [UCMJ Article 92 text] in connection with the November 2004 killing of four detained Iraqi insurgents. Nelson [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled that the government must change the proposed route for its West Bank security barrier [official website; JURIST news archive], finding that the current plan encroaches too much on Palestinian territory. The court found the government in contempt [Jerusalem Post report] [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Hungarian Constitutional Court [official website] on Monday struck down a law that would have given certain rights to same-sex couples, ruling that it diminishes the importance of marriage. The law, passed last year [JURIST report], would have recognized civil partnerships between same-sex couples and unmarried couples, giving them [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder [professional profile] will be delayed [hearing notice] one week, after Republicans objected that they did not have enough time to review Holder's record. [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois House of Representatives [official website] voted 113-0 Monday to begin an inquiry into whether Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] should be impeached. House Speaker Michael Madigan [official profile] appointed a committee that will begin its investigation Tuesday, gathering evidence and testimony related to the charges. Hearings are [read more]

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