Legal news from Wednesday, April 29, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UK judge sentenced two of the three men acquitted [JURIST report] of conspiracy charges relating to the July 7, 2005 London Transit Bombings [BBC backgrounder] to seven years in prison Wednesday on lesser charges. Mohammed Shakil and Waheed Ali were sentenced [Reuters report] for having allegedly planned to [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The five men convicted of plotting to kill US soldiers at Fort Dix [official website] have been giving sentences ranging from 33 years to life in prison. Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer was given a life sentence [UPI report] by a federal judge at the US District Court for the District [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The New Hampshire Senate [official website] voted 13-11 Wednesday to approve a bill [HB 436 text] that would permit same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. The New Hampshire House of Representatives [official website] approved the bill [JURIST report] last month by a vote of 186-179. The bill [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard its final oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] for the 2008 term Wednesday. In Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court will consider whether the Voting Rights Act (VRA) [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] ordered the release of four generals [UN News Centre report] who had been held on suspicion of their involvement in the February 2005 suicide bombing that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] and [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said Wednesday that the US has cleared 30 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees for release and will begin formally requesting that European countries accept them within weeks. During a European tour, Holder told reporters in Germany that no formal requests have [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army soldier who fled to Canada to avoid serving in the Iraq war pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of desertion. Spc. Cliff Cornell [advocacy profile] was sentenced to one year in prison [AP report] at a court-martial proceeding and was also given a bad conduct discharge. Cornell [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Tuesday that the DOJ has begun looking into whether a settlement agreement [text, PDF; JURIST report] involving Internet search company Google, Inc. [corporate website] over two copyright infringement lawsuits stemming from its book-scanning initiative [Google Book Search website] [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Kansas v. Ventris [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a defendant's statement made without a knowing and voluntary waiver of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel may be used for impeachment purposes. The [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations of torture [press release and letter text] against Bush administration officials. The letter, which was signed by committee [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the state secrets privilege [JURIST news archive] does not bar a lawsuit against a company that allegedly provided logistical support for CIA rendition [JURIST news archive] flights. Plaintiffs Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A court-martial in Nigeria [JURIST news archive] sentenced 27 UN peacekeeping troops to life imprisonment Tuesday. The soldiers of the 14th Nigerian Battalion were convicted of mutiny [Vanguard report] under the Armed Forces Act 2004 [text] for staging street demonstrations in protest of a shortfall in their UN allowances [read more]

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