Legal news from Tuesday, December 23, 2008
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Albanian Parliament [official website, in Albanian] on Monday adopted a law banning former members and affiliates of the nation's Communist-era secret police force from holding public office. The so-called lustration law will employ a 5-person commission to screen from political candidacy [Reuters report] all associates of the Sigurimi [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald Tuesday asked the Illinois House of Representatives [official website] to limit its impeachment inquiry [JURIST report] into Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] and avoid looking into the criminal charges [complaint, PDF] against him. Fitzgerald warned that an inquiry into the criminal charges could [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] One of the West Bank's largest Israeli settlements is an "unauthorized outpost," according to a report [text, PDF; summary] released Monday by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem [advocacy website]. The report examined Ofra [official website, in Hebrew], a settlement in eastern Jerusalem established in 1975, and drew from a [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday upheld [case materials; press release] a law that passengers must be compensated if a flight is canceled without "extraordinary circumstances." The law [text; materials], passed in 2004 by the Council of the European Union [official website], established [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland [official website] said Tuesday that the government will reform anti-terrorism legislation [press release] in accordance with the recommendations [text] of a report [text, PDF] into the case of Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive; timeline] which concluded that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights First [advocacy website] Monday filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] requesting a stay of military commission proceedings [press release] against five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], until [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] on Monday appointed a new judge [press release] to the Supreme Court of Canada [official website] to fill an eight-month vacancy, bypassing public parliamentary hearings established in 2006 and blaming the move on opposition obstruction. Public hearings for the vacancy now being [read more]

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