Legal news from Tuesday, August 25, 2009
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled against [opinion, PDF] a Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) [advocacy website] challenge to former President George W. Bush's Executive Order 13224 [Treasury materials], which prohibits unlicensed US groups and individuals from providing services to certain terrorist organizations designated [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Monday that lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee and accused 9/11 co-conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh [JURIST news archives] will not be allowed to tour secret CIA prisons, known as "black sites" where al-Shibh was detained, the Miami Herald reported [text] Tuesday. Al-Shibh's lawyers had sought [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Monday filed arguments [text, PDF] against releasing former Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) [BBC backgrounder] rebel leader Jean Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archive]. The ICC ordered [JURIST report] Bemba's conditional release earlier [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District Court of California [official website] dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit [case materials] challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text] on judisdictional grounds Tuesday. The suit, filed by Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer, two men who were married [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US will continue its practice of sending terror detainees to third countries for interrogation with increased oversight to prevent torture, the New York Times [media website] reported [text] Monday. The practice, known as rendition [JURIST news archive], received worldwide attention during the Bush administration when many detainees alleged [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two former Pennsylvania judges on Monday withdrew their guilty pleas [JURIST report] on charges of accepting more than $2.6 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities in which they had a financial interest. Former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas [official website] judges Mark [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese officials on Tuesday denied a Monday state media report that more than 200 people detained during last month's violent demonstrations in China's Xinjiang province will go on trial [JURIST report] this week. State-run China Daily [media website] reported Monday that the trials would take place in the Intermediate [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian federal government said Tuesday that it will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada a Federal Court of Appeal [official websites] decision [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] ordering the government to press for the release and return of Canadian Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] from the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] China's National People's Congress (NPC) [official website, in Chinese] on Monday considered a draft bill [text, in Chinese] that would allow the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) to respond to riots. The proposed legislation would also allow the PAPF to respond [Xinhua report] to terrorist attacks and other social [read more]

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