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Legal News
11 May 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] act more aggressively in prosecuting those suspected of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive] shortly after her return from a visit [JURIST report] there. … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Pope Benedict on Thursday explicitly condemned same-sex marriage [speech, in Italian] or any legal recognition of same-sex couples as Italy's new center-left government [JURIST report] prepared to take office as early as next Wednesday. His statement echoed a speech he gave last year [JURIST report] in which he described … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Thursday ruled [judgment text] that a group of Indian Ocean islanders known as the Chagossians [Wikipedia backgrounder; advocacy website] must be allowed to return to the group of islands from which they were exiled in the 1960s in order to make way for the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official website] said Friday that creating an inspector general for the federal judiciary to investigate possible ethical violations by federal judges "would be a serious incursion into judicial independence" and was unnecessary, as the judicial branch was already subject … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] In the latest legal assault on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [PDF text], conservative business organization the Free Enterprise Fund [official website] has asked former US solicitor general and Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr [Wikipedia profile], former US assistant attorney general Viet Dinh, and 2000 Bush legal team member Michael Carvin … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Serbia [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday charged eight policemen for the killing of 48 Kosovar Albanians in the first weeks of the 1999 war in Kosovo [JURIST archive]. According to the indictment, the police officers are accused of shooting the 48 Albanians in the town of Suva … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] A US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) [official website] spokesman said Tuesday that the agency would introduce new rules to speed up the immigration process and prevent serious delays, apparently sidestepping a threat of mass lawsuits from Arab rights advocates. Although the spokesperson conceded that delays did occur in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] As part of a larger response to record high gasoline prices, President George W. Bush on Tuesday announced [official transcript] that the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] would suspend certain rules governing the refining of gasoline. By avoiding additive requirements originally imposed to meet clean air requirements, the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Accused Saudi Al Qaeda operative Jabran Said bin al Qahtani, a prisoner at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], told a US military commission there Tuesday that the United States was an "enemy of God" and said he would prefer death to complying with the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] State prison administrators carried out the execution of Willie Brown, Jr. [NCADP profile] on Friday morning at the Central Prison [official website] in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the execution procedure Brown had a brain-wave monitor attached to him to ensure that he was unconscious when he was injected with … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [PDF opinion] that the federal courts were not authorized to grant compensation to the Chagossians [Wikipedia backgrounder], a group of Indian Ocean islanders forced from their homes in 1963 when the US Department of Defense … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] A Superior Court judge in Alameda County, California on Friday threw out a lawsuit challenging the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) [official website], the $3 billion stem cell research program that was approved in Proposition 71 [CA AG summary, PDF], approved by California voters in a 2004 referendum. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The Israel High Court of Justice [official website] has ruled that the Israeli government can continue construction of the security fence [IDF website] it has been building around the city of Jerusalem, rejecting Palestinian requests for injunctions to delay work near several Palestinian villages. The court reasoned that because … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Nepal police on Wednesday arrested approximately 250 college professors who were protesting in the town Pokhara against the direct government of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile]. Organizers set up the demonstration in violation of government-imposed curfew meant to curb pro-democracy rallies [JURIST report]. Gyanendra's government has previously announced … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that mortgage corporation Freddie Mac [corporate website] has agreed to pay a $3.8 million fine [agreement text, PDF] to settle accusations that it directly raised campaign funds for members of Congress in violation of federal election laws. Freddie … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Pointing to a letter written by lawyers representing Zacarias Moussaoui and a motion filed with the court by federal public defenders who represented Richard Reid [BBC profile], the so-called "shoe bomber," US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema on Friday vacated a previous order [order, PDF] requiring Reid to testify … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] in a 2-1 decision [opinion, PDF; dissent, PDF] Friday ruled that a Los Angeles ordinance that subjects the homeless to arrest if they are caught "sitting, lying or sleeping on public sidewalks" violates the prohibition against cruel and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Lawyers familiar with the case of former University of South Florida computer science professor Sami al-Arian [advocacy website; JURIST report] said Friday that the Kuwait-born Palestinian activist had agreed to a deal with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a lesser terrorism-related charge of conspiring to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) [official website] in a 2002 memorandum of understanding [PDF text] with three federal agencies agreed to reclassify approximately 10,000 public intelligence documents, taking them out of the public view. NARA made the agreement available [press statement] Monday, naming two of the three … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision [text; JURIST report] holding that Australian terror suspect David Hicks [JURIST news archive] should be granted British citizenship, dismissing an appeal [JURIST report] from Britain's Home Office [official website]. Hicks has been held at the US detention … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Iraqi High Criminal Court chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], who is presiding over the trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Wednesday that Hussein and one of his co-defendants, Hussein's half-brother and former Baath official Barzan Ibrahim [Trial Watch profile], have refused to submit … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] President Bush indicated in his weekly radio address [text; recorded audio] Saturday that he would not support any immigration reform [JURIST archive] that would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Although he continued to call for a temporary guest worker program [JURIST report], he insisted:A new temporary worker program should … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] A US military lawyer acting as defense counsel for a Yemeni prisoner on trial for terrorism-related offenses before a military commission [DOD backgrounder; JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Friday challenged a US Department of Defense regulation that says that only military attorneys with security … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed [CBC profile], alleged to have masterminded the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive], claimed Friday in papers filed with the Italian court hearing his criminal case that he had been mistreated by Spanish and Italian law enforcement since his 2004 arrest in Milan [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] French union leaders said Wednesday that there is only one "plausible response likely to end the conflict" over the controversial First Employment Contract (contrat premiere embauche, CPE) [text, in French] and gave French President Jacques Chirac [official profile] until April 15 to withdraw the law, which allows workers under … [read more]

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