Legal news from Wednesday, December 22, 2010

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted 71-26 Wednesday to ratify the so-called New START treaty [materials; JURIST news archive] between Russia and the US. The new START treaty replaces the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I treaty) [materials], with Russia and the US each pledging to reduce their … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate and the House of Representatives [official websites] on Wednesday gave final approval to a defense spending bill [HR 3082 materials] that includes a provision preventing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees from being transferred to the US for trial. The legislation would block Khalid Sheikh Mohammed … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [press release] a bill to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 [HR 2965 materials] was approved in the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday ordered [text, PDF] the US government to pay more than $2.5 million in damages and attorney's fees to an Islamic charity for illegally wiretapping its conversations without a warrant. Judge Vaughn Walker … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK High Court on Tuesday denied an appeal [judgment text] from Iraqi citizens to open a single public inquiry into allegations of abuse by members of the British Armed Forces. The Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) [law firm website], the group representing a group of more than140 Iraqis, appealed … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday upheld the convictions [opinion, PDF] of former Illinois governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive], refusing his request for early release. In September, Ryan asked Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to vacate his prison sentence … [read more]

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