Legal news from Friday, February 6, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] Leon Panetta [profile] said Friday that the Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officials who used harsh interrogation techniques, reiterating testimony [JURIST report] he gave Thursday. After a second day of confirmation hearings [materials] before the US Senate [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's House of Lords Constitution Committee [official website] released a report [text, PDF; evidence appendix, PDF] Friday saying that the country's use of widespread video surveillance and personal data collection pose a threat to citizens' privacy and freedom. The committee said that while such surveillance and data collection could [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Many UN member states are failing to hold other countries accountable for human rights violations [press release], according to a UN Watch [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Friday. The report, entitled "Mutual Praise Society," focused on meetings of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] and tracked [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] spokesperson Robert Wood said Wednesday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [official profile] has told Congress that she intends to begin preliminary negotiations with Russia [press briefing] on a new treaty that would significantly lower nuclear stockpiles in both countries. The 1991 Strategic [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Convening authority of military commissions Susan Crawford [official profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that the Pentagon has formally dropped charges [text, PDF] against suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahimal al-Nashiri [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. Crawford's order ends the last active military commission trial, complying with President [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan reissued a request to the UN Security Council Thursday to delay for one year war crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] for alleged genocide in Darfur. International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] has sought an arrest warrant [JURIST report] [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] researcher Rachael Reid responded [Guardian comment] Friday to media accusations that she received secret information from British officer Lt. Col. Owen McNally, arrested this week [JURIST report] on suspicion of leaking secret information regarding civilian casualty figures in Afghanistan. Reid accused the UK [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] documents [text, PDF] obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 U.S.C. § 552 text; JURIST news archive] show that Bush administration immigration enforcement tactics were both overly-aggressive and ineffective, the Cardozo School of Law's Immigration Justice Clinic [official website] said [text] Wednesday. [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced a Kurdish member of the Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish], the Turkish parliament, to 18 months in prison on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda. Aysel Tugluk was convicted in connection with a speech she gave in 2006 during which she explained [read more]

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