Legal news from Thursday, July 30, 2009
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] that Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive] be released prior to August 24. Largely adopting a proposed order [text, PDF] filed by the government on Wednesday, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese human rights group Gongmeng [advocacy website, in Chinese] announced Thursday that its co-founder, prominent human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong was arrested [press release, in Chinese] at his home early Wednesday morning and has not been heard from since. The group has also been unable to reach a second [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] voted 16-9 Wednesday to approve [press release] a bill [HR 3245 materials] that would eliminate sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The bill, co-sponsored by committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] would eliminate the distinction between the two forms [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Thursday announced they are conducting criminal investigations into alleged intentional misconduct by their soldiers during December and January's fighting in the Gaza strip. In a report [text, PDF] seeking "to place the Gaza Operation in its proper factual and legal context," [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered the release [order, PDF] of Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Khaled Al-Mutairi. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted Al-Mutairi's petition for habeas corpus, finding insufficient evidence for his continued detention. The classified [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, is mentally competent to stand trial. Siddiqui was charged [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] in August with [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services [official websites] on Wednesday announced the indictment [case summaries, PDF; press release] of 32 for allegedly filing $16 million dollars in fraudulent Medicare [official website] claims. According to the indictment, those involved in the scheme submitted [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service [official website] on Wednesday said that Rosneft [corporate website], the country's largest oil producer, broke unfair competition laws [press release, in Russian] by over-inflating wholesale prices of petroleum products. According to the FAS, Rosneft violated Article 10 of the country's Law on the Protection of [read more]

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