Legal news from Thursday, April 16, 2009
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court overturned Thursday a 2007 decision [JURIST report] against TIME magazine [media website] awarding the late former Indonesian president Haji Mohammad Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] $106 million in damages in Suharto's defamation suit against the publication. Suharto sued TIME over a 1999 article [text] [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday released four top secret memos [press release] from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] outlining controversial CIA interrogation techniques and their legal rationale. The previously undisclosed memos [text, PDF; text, PDF; text, PDF; text, PDF] were released [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor David Paterson [official profile] announced Thursday the introduction of legislation that would legalize [press release] same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. If passed, the legislation would amend the state's Domestic Relations Law [text] to give same-sex couples the opportunity to enter into civil marriages, [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish Attorney General Candido Conde Pumpido [official profile, in Spanish] announced Thursday that he will not recommend that the Spanish government seek action against members of the Bush administration behind the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center. Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] to reinstate dismissed judges and lift media restrictions imposed after Iloilo suspended [JURIST report] the country's constitution. Pillay said that the 5-year interim government declared by Iloilo [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Pakistani government to reverse [press release] a recently signed ordinance [JURIST report] that imposes Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat, saying it poses a "grave threat" to [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that America needs to renew its commitment to the rule of law [prepared remarks] in fighting international terrorism and protecting national security. In an address to the West Point Center for the Rule of Law [official website], [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that it has limited electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. The annoucement [AP report] comes after the NSA was found to have exceeded its legal authority [NYT report] in reviewing private communication between US [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington State House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted 62-35 to approve a bill [text, PDF; materials] granting same-sex couples the same rights and benefits of married couples in the state. The law effectively construes statutory gender specific terms such as "husband" and "wife" to be gender neutral, [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Israel will not comply with a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] investigation into possible war crimes that were committed during recent fighting in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], according to Wednesday statements by Israeli government officials. The probe was originally approved by the UNHRC in January, which [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuela will renew calls for the US to extradite anti-Castro Cuban exile and Venezuelan national Luis Posada Carriles [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] following a new indictment [court materials; WSJ report] ordering Posada to stand trial in Texas, Venezuelan lawyer Jose Pertierra said [AP report] Wednesday. Posada, who is [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Master Sgt. John Hatley [JURIST news archive] was convicted of murder and conspiracy in court-martial proceedings Wednesday for the killing of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NYT report] in 2007 and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Hatley was acquitted of obstruction of justice and also [read more]

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