Legal news from Tuesday, March 17, 2009
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday hailed [press release] a decision [text, PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] not to revisit an earlier decision requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to disclose photographs of alleged detainee abuse. The [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The appellate chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday partially reversed the conviction and reduced the sentence [judgment summary, PDF; press release] of former Bosnian Serb parliamentary leader Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] from 27 to 20 years. Krajisnik [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Vermont State Legislature [official website] on Monday began a series of week-long hearings on a bill [S.0115 text, PDF] that would allow same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. The bill, "An Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Promote Equality in Civil Marriage," sponsored by Vermont State [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Royce Lamberth [official profile] criticized the US Senate [official website] on Monday for politicizing the federal judicial confirmation process. Lamberth accused both political parties [AP report] of causing harm to the federal judiciary by delaying the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea [JURIST news archive] Vitit Muntarbhorn [UN appointment release] said Monday that he found there to be a "broad range of egregious human rights violations" [press release] in the country. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council [official website], he criticized the country for using access [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Top officials from the Obama administration met with leaders from the European Union (EU) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday to discuss plans to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to European countries. US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] met with the delegation headed by European [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek government announced Monday that it will seek to overhaul its police force in the wake of the December riots [BBC backgrounder] and last week's vandalism [Kathimerini report]. The Greek Interior Ministry [official website, in Greek] has enlisted the help of British police in order to streamline the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the constitutionality of a Texas law mandating daily observance of a minute of silence in public schools. The three-judge panel affirmed the ruling of the US District Court for the Northern District of [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Computer chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate website] revealed Monday in a filing [text] with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] that rival chip designer Intel Corp. [corporate website] is threatening to cancel licenses granted to AMD in a joint venture between the two firms. [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [JURIST news archive] on Monday welcomed the reinstatement [JURIST report] of Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], hailing the move as a major victory. Lawyers' movement supporters rallied at Chaudhry's home [Geo TV report] Monday, where the Chief [read more]

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