Legal news from Friday, June 12, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a brief [text, PDF] Friday to petition the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] to rehear a state secrets privilege [JURIST news archive] case en banc. A three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit previously ruled [opinion, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday approved the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act [HR 1256 materials], which attempts to safeguard the public by granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] certain authority to regulate tobacco products, among other provisions. Passed by a [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Greek council of judges in Athens on Friday ordered two police officers to stand trial for the murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos [BBC report] that sparked violent protests in December. Officer Epameinonta Korkonea, who is accused of shooting Grigoropoulos, is charged with intentional murder [Ta Nea report, in [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday sentenced [press release] a former Bosnian Serb army commander to 25 years imprisonment for ordering an attack that killed 71 and wounded 150. Novak Djukic was charged [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] with war crimes against civilians under Article 173 of the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Myanmar court conducting the trial of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has delayed the proceedings for at least two weeks, according to Friday media reports. Suu Kyi's lawyers requested the delay [AP report] to allow defense witness and legal expert Khin Moe [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [official website] on Thursday criticized Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown [party profile] for failing to consult with London before agreeing to accept four Uighur Guantanamo detainees [JURIST report]. Bermuda is a UK territory, and although it is self-governing, the UK remains responsible for [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled Thursday that the US government can continue to withhold photos of alleged detainee abuse while it awaits a response from the US Supreme Court [official website]. The appellate-level decision followed a recent Supreme Court order [JURIST report] [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday denied bail [opinion, PDF] to Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news report], leaving him the option of filing a request in district court. The one-page denial was issued by Justice John Paul Stevens [official profile, PDF] in response [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] has failed for the past two decades to redress alleged human-rights violations such as torture, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] published Thursday. As early as 1991, the UN Working Group [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Of 113 terrorism cases in the Netherlands [JURIST news archive] between September 11, 2001 and 2008, only 27 have led to convictions according to a report [NRC report] Thursday in the NRC Handelsblad [media website]. The report states that some of those convictions have been overturned on appeal. The [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Many human rights abuses that occurred during the war in Kosovo [USDOS backgrounder] have gone uninvestigated and unpunished, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website], told [DW report] Deutsche Welle [media website] Wednesday, which was the 10-year anniversary of the conflict's end. An AI report [text, PDF] released earlier this week [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Peruvian Congress [official website, in Spanish] voted Wednesday to suspend controversial land laws [press release, in Spanish] for 90 days, in an effort to quell indigenous protests that led to a violent clash [NACLA backgrounder; El Pais report, in Spanish] last week when police attempted to disperse groups [read more]

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