Legal news from Wednesday, April 28, 2010
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry [official profile] on Tuesday vetoed [press release] legislation [SB 1685 text, RTF] that would have exempted buyers of Oklahoma-made guns from several regulatory precautions including federal criminal background checks. Henry believes that the proposed legislation would "endanger citizens and law enforcement officers" by abolishing "common [read more]

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[JURIST] The Moscow City Court ruled Tuesday that the Slavic Union (SS) violates Russia's extremism laws, banning the organization. The SS, whose initials are the same as the Nazi paramilitary, was one of Russia's largest neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] organizations. City prosecutors initiated the action [Moscow Times report], accusing the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Russian government on Wednesday made public [press release] documents [materials, in Russian] relating to the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in which 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. While the documents were previously available to historians, political officials, and victims' families, this is the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the use of unmanned predator drone strikes [JURIST news archive]. The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official websites] held a hearing [materials] on the legality of unmanned targeting. In his opening remarks [read more]

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[JURIST] A US subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the use of unmanned predator drone strikes [JURIST news archive]. The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official websites] held a hearing [materials] on the legality of unmanned targeting. In his opening remarks [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Doe #1 v. Reed [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the First Amendment allows a state to compel the release of identity information about petition signers. The case [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry [official profile] on Tuesday vetoed [press release] legislation [SB 1685 text, RTF] that would have exempted buyers of Oklahoma-made guns from several regulatory precautions including federal criminal background checks. Henry believes that the proposed legislation would "endanger citizens and law enforcement officers" by abolishing "common [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian government on Wednesday made public [press release] documents [materials, in Russian] relating to the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in which 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. While the documents were previously available to historians, political officials, and victims' families, this is the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Doe #1 v. Reed [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the First Amendment allows a state to compel the release of identity information about petition signers. The case [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government announced Tuesday that it has lifted a ban on entry [Xinhua report] into that country for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. The ban was originally implemented under the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law and the Law on Control of the Entry and Exit of [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court ruled Tuesday that the Slavic Union (SS) violates Russia's extremism laws, banning the organization. The SS, whose initials are the same as the Nazi paramilitary, was one of Russia's largest neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] organizations. City prosecutors initiated the action [Moscow Times report], accusing the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese Diet on Tuesday approved a bill abolishing the statute of limitations for murder. The new law abolishes the statute of limitations for serious capital crimes, which was previously 25 years, and extends [Daily Yomiuri report] the limitation period for sexual assault and other crimes resulting in death [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi detainees were repeatedly tortured [press release] in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. HRW says that detainees held at the Muthanna facility, run by Iraqi authorities, were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized during torture sessions [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Resolution 1918 [press release], calling on member states to criminalize piracy under their domestic laws and urging Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] to consider an international tribunal for prosecuting piracy. In the resolution, the Security Council noted its previous resolutions regarding [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government announced Tuesday that it has lifted a ban on entry [Xinhua report] into that country for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. The ban was originally implemented under the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law and the Law on Control of the Entry and Exit of [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese Diet on Tuesday approved a bill abolishing the statute of limitations for murder. The new law abolishes the statute of limitations for serious capital crimes, which was previously 25 years, and extends [Daily Yomiuri report] the limitation period for sexual assault and other crimes resulting in death [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday released a manual [text, PDF] for military commission [JURIST news archive] procedures under the Military Commissions Act of 2009 [text, PDF]. The manual establishes the rules of evidence and procedure for the commissions, allowing for the admission of certain [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday released a manual [text, PDF] for military commission [JURIST news archive] procedures under the Military Commissions Act of 2009 [text, PDF]. The manual establishes the rules of evidence and procedure for the commissions, allowing for the admission of certain [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Salazar v. Buono [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the lower courts were wrong to ban government from transferring public land containing a religious symbol to a private entity. The court also held that [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Tuesday that members of Parliament have the right to seek uncensored Afghan detainee documents from the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official websites]. The historic ruling is a significant victory for opposition parties over Harper's minority [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi detainees were repeatedly tortured [press release] in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. HRW says that detainees held at the Muthanna facility, run by Iraqi authorities, were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized during torture sessions [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Salazar v. Buono [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the lower courts were wrong to ban government from transferring public land containing a religious symbol to a private entity. The court also held that [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Resolution 1918 [press release], calling on member states to criminalize piracy under their domestic laws and urging Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] to consider an international tribunal for prosecuting piracy. In the resolution, the Security Council noted its previous resolutions regarding [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Tuesday that members of Parliament have the right to seek uncensored Afghan detainee documents from the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official websites]. The historic ruling is a significant victory for opposition parties over Harper's minority [read more]

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