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DC Circuit refuses evidentiary hearing for Uighur detainees

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday refused to order a new evidentiary hearing [opinion, PDF] in the case of five Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives].…

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Obama announces new regulations stemming from Gulf oil spill

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[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] held a press conference [transcript] Thursday to announce new regulations to mitigate future oil spill disasters and the current plan of action for resolving the crisis created by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil…

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Japan court begins trial of anti-whaling activist

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[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website] on Wednesday began [Sea Shepherd press release] the trial of New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune on five criminal charges in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of a protest…

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UNICEF expresses concern over Guantanamo detainee Khadr

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[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] expressed concern [press release] Wednesday over Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and former child soldier Omar Khadr [DOD Materials; JURIST news archive]. Khadr was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age of 15 after…

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US lawmakers mull bill to increase scrutiny of Guantanamo lawyers

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[JURIST] US lawmakers are currently considering a Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] appropriations bill containing a section that would allow increased investigation by the Pentagon into the practices of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Section 1037…

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Lehman Brothers sues JPMorgan for billions over collapse

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[JURIST] Lehman Brothers Holdings [corporate website] on Wednesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] against JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] for allegedly “siphoning” off billions of dollars in “critically-needed” assets days before the investment bank filed for a record-breaking bankruptcy. JPMorgan…

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ICC reports Sudan to UN for lack of cooperation with arrest warrants

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday reported [press release] Sudan to the UN Security Council [official website] for lack of cooperation in the pursuit of alleged war criminals [case materials] Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb [arrest…

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Italy agrees to take two more Guantanamo detainees

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[JURIST] Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini [official profile] announced Tuesday that Italy will take two more detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility [JURIST news archive]. The announcement came during a meeting the US officials from the National Security Council,…

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Ousted Thailand PM appeals arrest warrant

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[JURIST] A lawyer for ousted [JURIST report] Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday filed an appeal against an arrest warrant [JURIST report] issued Tuesday on charges of terrorism. Thaksin is accused of involvement in…

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Mladic family seeks official death declaration

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[JURIST] The family of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [case materials; JURIST news
archive] will file a claim in the Belgrade District Court [official website, in Serbian] seeking to have the former military leader declared officially dead, according to Serbian…

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Pakistan high court rejects appeal to jail Mumbai attack suspect

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[JURIST] Pakistan’s Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that a Pakistani cleric accused by India of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [JURIST news archive] cannot be jailed due to lack of evidence. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed [Global Jihad profile] is…

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Thailand court charges ousted PM with terrorism

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[JURIST] A criminal court in Thailand issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for ousted [JURIST report] prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of terrorism. Thaksin is accused of involvement in the the recent political violence…

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Dutch court begins Europe’s first Somali pirate trial

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[JURIST] The Netherlands District Court of Rotterdam [official website, in Dutch] on Tuesday commenced [press release, in Danish] the first European trial of Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] under charges of “sea robbery” for hijacking a cargo ship registered in…

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Rights groups petition UN on behalf of Spain judge Garzon

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[JURIST] Several international human rights and jurist organizations on Monday petitioned the UN [text, PDF] to support Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in his inquiry into human rights violations during the Spanish Civil War [LOC backgrounder]…

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Kenya judges rule Islamic courts unconstitutional

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[JURIST] A Kenyan constitutional court ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that inclusion of Islamic “Kadhi” courts [official website] in the nation’s current constitution [text, PDF] is illegal and discriminatory. The Kadhi court system, which elevates Islam over the country’s other religions,…

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Supreme court upholds fee shifting in ERISA case

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that fee claimants filing lawsuits under the Employee Retirement Income Security…

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Supreme Court grants certiorari in five cases

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in five cases. In Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court granted a limited petition to decide whether…

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US violent crime rate drops for third straight year: FBI

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[JURIST] The FBI on Monday released preliminary annual crime statistics for 2009, which indicated a drop in violent crime [press release] for the third year in a row. The FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report [text] disclosed that violent crime…

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UN Haiti mission investigating prison shootings

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[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti [official website] announced Saturday that the mission has launched an investigation into the shootings of dozens of prisoners in a jail riot following the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]…

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DOJ drops criminal probe of AIG executive

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has decided not to file charges against former American International Group (AIG) [corporate website] executive Joseph Cassano, according to prosecutors from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on…

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