Legal news from Wednesday, February 4, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The London High Court revealed in a judgment [text, PDF] issued Wednesday that the US government threatened to reconsider and possibly end its intelligence-sharing operations with the UK if a summary of the alleged torture of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST news archive] [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced Wednesday that his administration will place a $500,000 cap on executive compensation [WH press release] for companies receiving "exceptional assistance" from the federal government. The statement came in conjnction with an announcement from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner [official profile], highlighting increased restrictions [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The court martial for seven Polish soldiers accused of killing six civilians in Afghanistan began Tuesday in Poland. The solders are being prosecuted [Gazeta report, in Polish] for violating provisions of Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to soldiers. Prosecutor Jakub [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) [official website] confirmed Wednesday that a UK Army officer was arrested in Afghanistan [MOD blog post] and returned to the London for questioning on suspicion of revealing secret information to a human rights organization. Lt. Col. Owen McNally is accused [Sun report] of [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Manhattan Surrogate Court [official website] has ruled [text, PDF] that the surviving partner of a same-sex marriage [JURIST archive] performed in Canada is entitled to inherit the estate of a deceased spouse. The decision issued late last week leaves all of H. Kenneth Ranftle's estate to his surviving spouse, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Tuesday that Palestinian National Authority (PNA) [IMEU backgrounder] president Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] had petitioned the court to exercise jurisdiction over possible war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip, but indicated the tribunal would first have to consider whether the PNA qualifies [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Some terror suspects living under control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have managed to maintain contact with terror cells, the UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said in his fourth annual report [text, PDF] Tuesday. Lord Carlile of Berriew [JURIST news archive] found that even though in most instances a [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution [text, DOC] encouraging European Union (EU) member states to assist the closure of the the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison by accepting former prisoners for resettlement. The measure, which passed 542-55 with 51 abstentions, noted that [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Vice-chief of US Naval Operations Admiral Patrick Walsh [official profile] will lead the assessment of operations [press release] at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison, according to a Tuesday announcement by Pentagon Press Secretary, Geoff Morrell. Walsh was selected by Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile], to [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] has concerns over the legality [EU press release] of a "Buy American" provision in a US economic stimulus package [HR 1 materials], according to a letter [text, PDF] sent Monday to US officials by European Commission [official website] ambassador to Washington John Bruton [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] South Africa's Pietermaritzburg High Court announced Wednesday that the corruption trial of African National Congress (ANC) [political website] leader Jacob Zuma [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and arms dealer Thint would be delayed [timetable, PDF] until after the country's presidential election. The agreement calls for Zuma to apply for [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] announced Tuesday that it will hear oral arguments [press release, PDF] on March 5 in the three cases [case filings] challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 [materials], the ballot measure passed in November [JURIST report] that banned same-sex marriage. The court issued an [read more]

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