Legal news from Monday, March 23, 2009
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Singapore Parliament [official website] amended [bill, PDF] the Films Act [text] Monday to allow for the broadcast of certain types of previously banned films featuring politicians or political parties. The amendment will allow political events to be recorded live [CNA report] and will permit documentaries and biographies of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in Yeager v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a criminal defendant can face new prosecution for counts on which a jury did not reach [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHR) [advocacy website, in Hebrew] Monday criticized [press release, in Hebrew] the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) [official website] for allegedly violating its own code of ethics [text] and general principles of human rights by impeding the treatment those needing medical care during Israel's recent Gaza offensive [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The White House will soon make publicly available three internal memos from the Bush administration detailing aggressive interrogation techniques used against alleged top al Qaeda operatives, Newsweek [media website] reported [Newsweek report] Saturday. These so-called "torture memos" [JURIST news archive] reportedly legally justify a number of interrogation techniques that [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of the only captured gunman in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV backgrounder], began on Monday. Kasab appeared before specially appointed judge M.L. Tahiliyani at the Bombay High Court [official website] via video conferencing from prison. Kasab [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] reiterated his position that US policies governing the detention and interrogation of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees should comport with due process and international law requirements in a Sunday interview [CBS interview transcript] with 60 Minutes. Obama said that polices of the former Bush administration, which [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The peace process in Nepal [JURIST news archive] could be hampered by "impunity for human rights abuses" [UN News Centre report], UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Sunday. At a Kathmandu news conference concluding her five-day visit to Nepal, Pillay cited [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion; PDF] as procedural three rules promulgated by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) [official website] that significantly alter the patent application process, overturning a fourth rule. The four rules, which would have retroactively [read more]

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