Legal news from Friday, February 27, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A number of advocacy, rights and philanthropic groups filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF; ACLU press release] Friday with the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio [official website] arguing against the classification of some charitable groups as terrorist organizations without due process. The brief, filed [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nebraska [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Robert Henderson will not be reinstated as a state trooper for the Nebraska State Patrol [official website] because of his membership in the Knights Party [advocacy website], a political group associated with the KKK. Justice John M. [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] gave notice to the White House Office of Management and Budget Friday that it was preparing to rescind a Bush administration regulation [text] protecting healthcare workers who refuse to fulfill medical services that violate their moral principles. The [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Prosecutor General's Office [official website] on Friday appealed the acquittal [JURIST report] of three Chechen men accused of involvement in the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The decision to appeal the ruling was reportedly made shortly after [RIA Novosti report] Moscow Military [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] meeting in Thailand said Friday they had held discussions [press release] on a draft charter for the already-controversial ASEAN Human Rights Body (AHRB), which Thai officials have said they expect to be formally created during Thailand's chairmanship [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced former priest Emmanuel Rukundo [case materials] to 25 years imprisonment Friday after convicting [press release] him of genocide, crimes against humanity, and sexual assault. Rukundo, who was a military chaplain and captain in the Rwandan Armed Forces, was found [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday approved the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (S 160) [text] by a 61-37 vote [roll call]. The legislation gives the residents of the District of Columbia (DC) voting representation in the House of Representatives and also gives Utah an additional [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive], a suspected Al Qaeda operative held in the Navy brig in South Carolina since 2003, is to be officially charged and tried in US federal court, according to news reports. Al-Marri, a legal US resident, was arrested in December 2001 [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking on behalf of the European Union, Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer [official profile, in Czech] Thursday expressed reservations [press release] about hosting Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees without first examining potential safety and security implications. The Czech Republic currently holds the rotating European Presidency [Czech presidency website]. [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Robert Cleland of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday ordered journalist David Ashenfelter to attend a second deposition to answer questions regarding unnamed sources he used in connection with a 2004 article on former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino. Cleland declined [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official profile, in Spanish; BBC profile] on Thursday ">announced [press release] that the Department of Administrative Security (DAS) [official website, in Spanish] will no longer be able to conduct wiretapping operations with just a court order, and will now require the cooperation of the National [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi-born Dutch citizen Wesam al Delaema pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to a charge of conspiracy to murder US nationals outside the United States [text]. Al Delaema is the first alleged insurgent in the Iraq war [read more]

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