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Legal News
25 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Libya's Supreme Court Sunday disposed of the death-by-firing-squad sentences given to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed since 1999 and convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the HIV virus [JURIST report]. The case was sent back to the lower court for retrial. The six have … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Iraqi National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie [Newsweek profile] has said that he wants to see the re-arrest of Saddam Hussein's former top weapons aides after the US military confirmed the release from custody [JURIST report] of 14 more high-ranking detainees, including Dr. Rihab Taha al-Azawi [BBC profile], also known … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Saturday that members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] intend to expand their probe into warrantless wiretaps [JURIST report] within the US after the weekend disclosure that the National Security Agency [official website] had obtained access to the nation's telephone and Internet … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] announced Saturday on the last working day that prosecutors were able to bring the case [IHT report] that it is putting journalist Zhao Yan on trial for stealing state secrets and fraud within the next six weeks. Yan had worked at the New York Times' … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Canadian-born media tycoon Conrad Black [CBC profile], former chairman of publishing giant Hollinger International, pleaded not guilty in Chicago Friday to an additional four felony counts [US DOJ press release, PDF] that include racketeering and obstruction of justice. Black, a member of the UK House of Lords who gave … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The trial of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk [TIME profile] for slander against the state was adjourned Friday until February 7, 2006 to give Turkey's Justice Ministry time to decide if the case is in line with judicial procedures after a prosecutorial request. Under Turkish law, individual rights can be … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Austria Thursday mailed notifications to the first survivors of the Holocaust [JURIST news archive] eligible for payments in its 2001 General Settlement Fund [text; backgrounder] which compensates victims robbed of businesses, property, bank accounts and insurance policies under the Nazis. So far, 100 of the 19, 300 survivors who … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] A 2002 Presidential order issued in the aftermath of 9/11 authorized the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to secretly monitor the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of possibly thousands of US residents without warrants over the past three years, according to officials quoted in an … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday reversed [opinion text] a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris USA [corporate website] in a case where the tobacco company had been found liable for defrauding customers into believing that light cigarettes were safer than regular ones. The state high court … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 308-122 in support of the so-called McCain Amendment [JURIST document], designed to prohibit the cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in US custody. The non-binding vote instructs negotiators working to finalize the 2006 military spending bill, to which the amendment … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] After the US House voted to reauthorize [JURIST report] the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, Senate Republican leaders are working to prevent the renewal from being blocked by a bipartisan group of senators that is concerned that the reauthorization measure gives too much power to the government … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Iraqis voted Thursday in Iraq's parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] to choose their first full-term parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. There was large voter turnout reported in Sunni Arab areas that had been disinterested in balloting last January, including in several insurgent strongholds such as Ramadi … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The debate over capital punishment [JURIST news archive] in California has gained new momentum following the execution [JURIST report] earlier this week of Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website]. Both sides are wondering what impact Williams' execution will have on currently-scheduled executions and the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] A Tokyo High Court judge on Wednesday refused to overturn a lower court decision that denied compensation for unpaid wages for a group of South Koreans who were forced to work at a Japanese steel mill during WWII. Relatives of the forced laborers had asked that the Japanese government … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] is considering a proposed resolution, offered by France at the request of Lebanon, that would widen the scope of the UN probe [UN materials] into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive] to include other politically motivated killings … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday convicted [judgment, PDF] retired Rwandan army officer Lt. Col. Aloys Simba of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 25 years in prison [ICTR press release]. The charges against Simba stemmed from the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The US Army has given preliminary approval to a new set of classified interrogation techniques which are likely to cause a roadblock in negotiations over Sen. John McCain's proposed amendment on detainee treatment [JURIST document]. The interrogation techniques are to be added to the new Army field manual as … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] on Tuesday accused the international community of failing to live up to its obligations to help bring Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to justice, saying the "effective boycott of Saddam's trial is only harming the Iraqi people". Although Rice did not … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives is expected to pass a White House-backed bill [summary; conference report, PDF] Wednesday that would reauthorize sections of the USA Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive], although the legislation may still face a filibuster in the Senate. Certain provisions of the Patriot Act, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile] said Tuesday that more than 100 detainees [JURIST news archive] had been abused in two Iraqi detention facilities, a figure considerably greater than the 21 or 26 people previously reported as abused. An investigation [JURIST report] had been carried out following … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] An Italian court has ordered the freezing of an Iranian government account at a Rome bank at the instance of US plaintiffs claiming compensation for terrorist acts supposedly supported by Iran. Steven Flatow, a New Jersey lawyer whose daughter Alisa [memorial page] was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The trial of Milan Martic [BBC profile], former leader of the erstwhile Serb republic in Croatia [Wikipedia backgrounder] who has been charged with exterminating hundreds of Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians between 1991 and 1995, began [ICTY press release] Tuesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] A federal grand jury on Monday indicted former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy [defense website] Richard Scrushy and Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman [official profile] on fresh charges of corporate corruption, the latest in a series of allegations against the men. The new indictment accuses Scrushy of paying off Siegelman … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Larry Burns [US DOJ profile] ruled Monday that US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile; JURIST news archive] had authority to waive all laws and legal challenges to the building of the final 3.5 mile section of a border fence [JURIST report] running through … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile; BBC profile], prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague, is expected to tell the UN Security Council Tuesday that the ICC's investigation [JURIST report] in Darfur has revealed large numbers of killings, mass rapes, and other "grave" crimes [JURIST report] … [read more]

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