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Legal News
3 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday voted to require [PDF news release] broadband and Internet phone companies to cover the costs of providing mandatory wiretap [JURIST news archive] access to law enforcement authorities. The order will likely result in a wiretapping tax on … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The US government Commission on International Religious Freedom (CIRF) [official website] on Wednesday called for increased action to combat decreasing religious freedom in former Soviet republics Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] and Turkmenistan and for more monitoring of Belarus and Russia [JURIST news archive]. In its annual report [PDF text], … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [OYEZ profile] has blasted recent suggestions that a watchdog post be created to oversee conduct of federal judges. Ginsburg said the judiciary was "under assault" and called for lawyers to defend judges against such changes in an appearance Tuesday before the American … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] on Tuesday released new US Army documents [document list] it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act action purportedly showing that officials had knowledge of reports of abuse at detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan [JURIST news archives] before photos from Abu … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] No proof exists that the CIA used secret prisons in eastern Europe for terror suspects, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana [official profile] said Tuesday. Solana, the high representative for common foreign and security policy in the EU, also told the European Parliament [official website] that he lacked the … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The dominant Sunni Arab political party Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) [Wikipedia backgrounder] on Tuesday called for a leading role on a legislative committee that will consider possible amendments to the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] in upcoming months. Senior IAF official Iyad al-Samarrai said the IAF should lead the … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Ten states sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] on Tuesday over new fuel economy standards the agency adopted in March [JURIST report]. The states, led by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official profile], are arguing that the new standards for 2008-2011 under the Corporate Average … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Hundreds of thousands of US immigrants boycotted work and participated in protests across the country Monday as part of the "Day Without Immigrants" [advocacy website], a nationwide, day-long effort to influence the ongoing immigration reform [JURIST news archive] debate in Congress. Those boycotting work mostly consisted of Hispanic immigrants, … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The retrial of two Enron [JURIST news archive] broadband executives on conspiracy and fraud charges is set to begin Tuesday, nearly a year after a jury acquitted five former executives [JURIST report] on some charges and failed to reach a verdict on several others. Lawyers for former accountant Michael … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] South Africa [JURIST news archive] is considering how to handle the recent declassification [Sunday Independent report] of a 1992 report made by a top general to former South Africa President FW de Klerk [Nobel profile] detailing involvement by the South African military in unofficial violence during the final years … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The Istanbul Bar Association [official website, in Turkish] has urged the Turkish government to withdraw proposed anti-terror legislation, warning that the bill could harm freedom, while adding nothing to the previously adopted Turkish Penal Code [JURIST report]. The Bar Association, in a written statement made Friday, argued that the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] has not overlooked human rights abuses in its quest to find energy sources for its growing economy, a Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website] spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Qin Gang said China emphasized peace, cooperation and development and that trade with China actually helps improve conditions … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Leading Belarusian opposition figure Alexander Milinkevich [official website; Wikipedia profile] was arrested Wednesday along with other demonstrators at a rally in Minsk, according to activists. About 7,000 opposition members gathered for what is traditionally the largest rally of the year in Belarus [JURIST news archive] on the anniversary of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A US Senate panel conducting an investigation into the federal response to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] has concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency [official website] should be abolished and replaced with a new federal agency [recommendations, PDF] with more authority over emergency preparedness. The bipartisan panel recommended … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] At least 600 US troops have been linked to cases of abuse [press release], torture or killing of as many as 460 detainees at various detention facilities around the world, three human rights groups reported Wednesday. According to a report [text] from the Center for Human Rights and Global … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Pro-democracy protests continued in Nepal [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday, with government employees being arrested for the first time and international pressure from India and several human rights groups being put on King Gyanendra [official website; BBC profile] to resolve the situation. An estimated 20,000 protesters filled the streets … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday ruled that North Carolina [JURIST news archive] officials could use a brain-wave monitor rather than have a doctor present to ensure a prisoner was not conscious during an execution by lethal injection. Lawyers for the inmate, Willie Brown Jr. [NCADP profile], said they would … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The Alabama Legislature [official website] on Monday approved a bill that would pardon Rosa Parks [TIME profile], the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [King Center profile] and other civil rights activists convicted of violating Jim Crow laws in the state. Under an amendment to the bill, the arrest … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The Indiana Democratic Party [party website] on Monday said it would appeal a federal judge's ruling [JURIST report] that a state law requiring voters to show photo identification is valid. Party Chairman Daniel Parker said the ruling "glossed over" details and questioned whether Public Law 109-2005 [PDF text], passed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A New York judge on Monday ordered Transport Union Workers Local 100 [official website] to pay $2.5 million in fines for illegally going on strike in December, bringing New York City's public transport system to a halt. Judge Theodore Jones also suspended automatic dues collection by the union. Jones … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A social worker testified Monday that convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] led a troubled childhood and adolescence that ultimately led him to radical Islamic beliefs, although Moussaoui spurned the testimony as he was led from the courtroom for a lunch recess. Jan Vogelsang … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes prosecutor on Monday announced an investigation into alleged war crimes [JURIST news archive] committed by 10 Kosovo Albanian rebels during the 1999 conflict in the region. According to the announcement, three crimes involving two missing people and two others who were robbed are being probed. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday issued a summary opinion [PDF text] in Gonzales v. Thomas, 05-552, holding that the 9th Circuit had prematurely decided the asylum claims of a South African family. The 9th Circuit granted asylum [PDF opinion] to Michelle and David … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Tuesday dropped criminal charges against four journalists over reports critical of a court opinion [JURIST report] last fall, but the court upheld charges against a fifth journalist. The court dismissed charges against the four because it held that prosecutors failed to file charges within the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Police in Nepal [JURIST news archive] fired on a crowd of pro-democracy protestors [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, injuring at least 12, observers said. Reports said that protestors in Kathmandu marched from an area not covered by a curfew [JURIST report] toward a line of police, who then fired on … [read more]

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