Legal news from Tuesday, January 20, 2009
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Tuesday a large-scale media campaign to encourage more victims to come forward and participate in the trial of Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek-Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder; court materials], better known [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Tuesday sentenced former justice minister Agnes Ntamabyariro to life in prison for inciting violence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder]. The Court of First Instance of Nyarugenge found [BBC report] that Ntamabyariro and co-defendant Jean-Leonard Hategekimana, classified as Category [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A fact finding team for human rights group Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy group] on Monday accused Israel of war crimes [press release], citing the use of white phosphorous [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in the midst of a dense civilian population. White phosphorous is a highly explosive substance that can burn into [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Delivering his inaugural address [text] Tuesday in Washington DC shortly after taking the oath of office [text] as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama [official website] insisted that his administration would pursue US national interests without sacrificing basic legal principles enshrined in the US Constitution and [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] admitted throwing a hand grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan, according to the pre-trial testimony Monday of an American intelligence official. The official, identified as Interrogator 11, said Khadr expressed pride in learning he had caused the [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] In one of his final acts as President of the United States, George W. Bush on Monday commuted the sentences [DOJ press release] of two former border patrol agents convicted of the shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler. The two former agents, Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos [advocacy [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] granted summary judgment [opinion, PDF] on Monday in favor of Vice President Dick Cheney [official profile; JURIST news archive], giving Cheney broad discretion over which vice presidential records should be preserved. The lawsuit, initiated by Citizens for Responsibility [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Russian human rights lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, was shot dead by a masked gunman in Moscow on Monday. Markelov, known for his work on high profile human rights cases including representing journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], was protesting the early release of Colonel Yuri Budanov [Moscow [read more]

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