Legal news from Thursday, February 5, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] Leon Panetta [profile] testified [testimony, PDF; materials] Thursday before the US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] that he would perform his duties according to the law while upholding the Constitution. Panetta said:I believe the Director should be responsible [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nominee for Deputy Attorney General David Ogden [professional profile] Thursday defended his representation of parties opposing anti-pornography and pre-abortion parental notification laws during testimony [prepared statement; webcast] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [committee website]. Ogden, who is presently in private practice at the law firm WilmerHale [firm website], has [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [official biography, PDF] underwent surgery [press release] Thursday in New York for pancreatic cancer [Mayo Clinic backgrounder]. Ginsburg, 75, is expected to remain at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center [official website] in New York, where the surgery was performed, for seven [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The sister-in-law of embattled former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] on Thursday entered a guilty plea at the Taipei District Court on charges of money laundering related to a corruption scandal surrounding the former leader and his associates. Chen Chun-ying admitted she had forged documents [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] amended the "Buy American" clause of the latest economic stimulus package [HR 1 materials] Wednesday to clarify that the provision will be applied consistent with US obligations under international trade agreements. The revised language was proposed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) [official website]. The [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] China reiterated its request Thursday that all Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] be returned to China [press release, in Mandarin] after the prison's closing. Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, in Mandarin] Jiang Yu [official profile] said that China objects to [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband [official profile] told members of Parliament Thursday that the US did not threaten to withhold intelligence [FCO press release] if a summary of the alleged torture of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) [official website] on Wednesday granted [order, PDF] a government request [motion, PDF] for a 120-day continuance on an intermediate appeal in its case against Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. The government asked the court to grant the continuance [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US military contractor Don Ayala pleaded guilty [press release] Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter for the 2008 shooting of an Afghan detainee. Ayala had been charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing [affidavit, PDF] detainee Abdul Salam in retaliation for Salam's earlier attack on Ayala's fellow contractor Paula Lloyd [HTS in memoriam profile]. At the time [read more]

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