Legal news from Friday, April 10, 2009
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) [DOJ backgrounder] denied Friday the emergency stay of deportation filed by accused Nazi prison camp guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive]. In March, a Munich district court charged [JURIST report] Demjanjuk with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday refused [opinion; PDF] a petition for an en banc rehearing by former Ukranian prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], who had been on trial for money laundering and embezzling, allowing several of his [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court ruled [decision text] Thursday that a same-sex partner lacks standing to assert parental rights over the biological child of her partner unless she has adopted the child. The ruling limits parental rights under NY Domestic Relations Law § 70 [text] to biological or [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has called on Uganda to end what it said was the use of torture and unlawful arrest [text, PDF; press release] by the country's Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT). According to HRW, JATT engaged in 106 documented cases of illegal or prolonged detentions [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] announced Friday that he was suspending [statement text] the country's constitution [text], and revoking the appointment of all judicial officers, after the Fiji Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled [JURIST report] his appointment of military officer Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama [BBC profile] as Prime Minister unconstitutional. Iloilo had [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] CIA director Leon Panetta [official website] on Thursday outlined new techniques [press release] to be employed by the agency in their detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists. The new policies include discontinuing the use of contractors to conduct interrogations and a renewal of the agency's pledge to comply with [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US has been slow to conduct habeas corpus hearings [JURIST news archive] for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees despite a June 2008 US Supreme Court ruling in Boumediene v. Bush [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] mandating prompt hearings, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a Thursday report [text, PDF; press release]. The group said that [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved [press release, in Spanish] Thursday the general framework of the electoral law [text, in Spanish] that the new Bolivian constitution [JURIST report] mandated within 60 days of its adoption. Earlier Thursday, Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] declared [read more]

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