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Legal News
13 Oct 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A proposed $78 billion merger between telecom giants BellSouth [corporate website] and AT&T [corporate website] stalled unexpectedly Friday in the Federal Communications Commission [official website] after two FCC commissioners, both Democrats, asked Chairman Kevin Martin for more time to study it. The deal had already been approved [text] without … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to war crimes charges in his first appearance before the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] Monday. Taylor initially refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the court but then entered a not guilty plea to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Jim McGinty [official profile], attorney general of Western Australia [government website], has announced plans to introduce legislation that would allow for regular television broadcast of court proceedings in the state, which would make the state's courts [official list] the first in the country to broadcast proceedings regularly. The proposal … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Nearly 3.6 million US households - roughly 3 percent of the total - fell victim to identity theft during a six month period in 2004, according to a US Department of Justice report [PDF text; abstract] released Sunday. The survey, sent to over 40,000 US households, follows a 2003 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Nearly 3.6 million US households - roughly 3 percent of the total - fell victim to identity theft during a six month period in 2004, according to a US Department of Justice report [PDF text; abstract] released Sunday. The survey, sent to over 40,000 US households, follows a 2003 … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday agreed to hear an appeal in Lawrence v. Florida [11th Circuit decision, PDF], concerning a challenge to rules surrounding the one-year filing deadline for making habeas corpus claims in federal court. Florida death row inmate Gary Lawrence is questioning whether the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A UN delegation led by Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel [official profile] arrived in the south African nation of Burundi Monday to help establish a truth and reconciliation commission [BBC report] and war crimes court. According to Michel, the 5-member group will facilitate negotiations between local transition government … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A military court-martial is set to begin Monday for US Army dog handler Sgt. Michael J. Smith, facing 14 counts of misconduct for using unmuzzled dogs to abuse detainees at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in 2003 and 2004. Military prosecutors contend that Smith was operating outside of … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A UN expert on racism warned Tuesday that instances of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia are on the rise worldwide, and pose a special danger as they are not confined to extremist groups but have become integral to mainstream democratic systems. Senegalese lawyer Doudou Diene, UN Special Rapporteur on … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A CIA information review officer providing a sworn statement to US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] has indicated that clearing top-level information requested by former vice-presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] could take as long as nine months. Marilyn Dorn … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Former Enron [JURIST news archive] Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive] took the stand for the prosecution against his former bosses Enron founder Kenneth Lay [Houston Chronicle profile] and former CEO Jeff Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] Tuesday. Fastow testified that both Lay and Skilling were aware of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Mexico's "scorched-earth" campaign in the 1960s and 1970s resulted in crimes against humanity, including genocide, torture, executions and disappearances, according to a draft report [text, in Spanish] made public by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. The report, commissioned by Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website, in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] In a letter [text] sent to President Bush Monday, 17 Democrats from the US House of Representatives called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that the National Security Agency conducted warrantless surveillance of US citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Six law professors at Cambridge University have warned that an innocuous-sounding bill now going through Parliament would give UK government ministers the power to abolish jury trials, place citizens under house arrest, and rewrite the law on nationality and immigration, all without Parliamentary consent. In a letter [text] published … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] The American Bar Association [official website] has recommended a moratorium on the Georgia death penalty after an ABA panel study [ABA materials] identified numerous flaws in the state criminal justice system that it claimed greatly compromised the fair administration of capital punishment. The Georgia Death Penalty Assessment Report [DOC] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Kevin D. Myricks was sentenced [Central Command press release] on Monday to six months in a military prison and a demotion in rank for his involvement in the beating of two detainees [JURIST report] in his custody at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba [profile] has asked the African Union [official website; JURIST news archive] to intervene to halt criminal charges filed by Zambia [BBC report] in the United Kingdom. Chiluba contends that as a member of the AU, Zambia is bound by an agreement that all former … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Several family members and former employees of former Chilean president General Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive] were indicted [PDF text] Monday on tax evasion charges. Judge Carlos Cerda issued arrest warrants for Pinochet's wife, four of his children, daughter-in-law, former attorney and secretary, following the release of indictments that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Newly-elected Bolivian president Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] addressed the nation during his inauguration speech [excerpts] Sunday and promised to promote justice for indigenous Bolivian Indians, saying that they had been discriminated against and "never recognized as human beings." Morales, who became the first indigenous person elected president … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] The chief investigative judge for the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) announced Monday that judge Ra'uf Rashid will replace former chief judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive]. Amin's resignation earlier this month [JURIST news report] was followed … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Sudanese security forces released nearly 50 human rights delegates attending the African Union [official website, JURIST news archive] summit in Khartoum Monday. Members of the Sudanese Organization Against Torture [advocacy website], Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International and the International Bar Association were temporarily detained after forces raided their meeting and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A top official at the US Department of Justice's Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad has suggested that the current trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] could end as early as June, with further trial proceedings to commence thereafter. Kevin P. Dooley [DOJ press release] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik [official profile] has promised new efforts to revive the stalled EU Constitution [JURIST document; JURIST news archive] during the Austrian Presidency of the EU [official website] in the first half of 2006. The draft constitution was rejected by both France [JURIST report] and the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] outlined a plan Sunday to implement more stringent restrictions on the "perks" members of Congress may accept from private parties. Reconsideration of the restrictions was sparked by the recent Congressional ethics scandal involving former Washington lobbyist Jack … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Attorneys for a number of hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have filed a petition in a California court to force the state medical ethics board to investigate Dr. John S. Edmondson, chief medical officer at the prison, for alleged unprofessional conduct for allowing the forced insertion … [read more]

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