Legal news from Wednesday, January 14, 2009
18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq has become the 186th nation to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] by acceding [OPCW press release] to the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention [text], the organization announced Wednesday. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Iraq's move [press release release], saying [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge on the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday granted habeas [opinion, PDF] to Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed El Gharani and directed his release. El Gharani, a Chadian citizen born in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Puckett v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether a defendant's claim, not raised at trial, that the prosecution breached a plea agreement [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the Penal Chamber of the National Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] in Madrid on Tuesday ordered [text, PDF, in Spanish] a trial for the men allegedly responsible for the killings [CJA backgrounder] of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter. Judge Eloy Velasco [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The convening authority of military commissions Susan Crawford [official profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] has said that torture tactics were used [article text] in the interrogation of Mohammed al-Qahtani [JURIST news archive], a suspect held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] under allegations of connections to the 9/11 attacks, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Judge John Bates [official profile] of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [court order, PDF] that copies of the documents related to the investigation into the late 2006 firings of nine US attorneys [JURIST report] be provided by the Bush administration [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decided two cases Wednesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Herring v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that evidence seized during a search incident to an arrest does not have to be suppressed when the sole premise [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration engaged in numerous abuses [press release], and the incoming Obama administration should launch a criminal investigation to find out whether any laws were violated, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by US House Judiciary Committee [official website] Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) [official website]. [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The former acting head of the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] routinely discriminated against job applicants and employees [press release] who did not share his conservative political views, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. The report, dated July 2, 2008, [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] prosecutor Justice Hassan B. Jallow [official profile] on Tuesday appealed the 15-year sentence [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] given to popular Rwandan singer-songwriter Simon Bikindi [ICTR materials]. Jallow appealed the sentence [Hirondelle report] on the grounds that it was [read more]

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