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Legal News
7 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Leaders of Nepal's Maoist rebel insurgency [BBC backgrounder] on Sunday called for an interim constitution to be enacted before a special assembly gathers to draft a new charter. The Maoists and a seven-party alliance of opposition political parties joined forces in a number of pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Serbian police launched a full scale search on Sunday for Bosnian war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder, JURIST news archive] but were unable to arrest the former Bosnian Serb army commander wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on genocide charges. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush said Sunday that closing the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] is a possibility in the future depending on the US Supreme Court's decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], which will determine the legality of military … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Israeli police on Sunday evicted a group of Jewish settlers squatting in a Palestinian house in the West Bank city of Hebron, a region where Jewish settlement is no longer allowed. Three settler families left peacefully, but police scuffled with two dozen teenagers who initially refused to leave the … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors said Saturday that they will appeal the acquittal [JURIST report] of two Chechens accused of murdering American journalist Paul Klebnikov [Wikipedia profile, Economist obituary]. Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was in the process of investigating corruption in Russian business before his death in 2004 … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Zimbabwe security officials have increased the use of torture in dealing with opponents of the government of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], according to a report released Saturday by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum [advocacy website]. The rights group says that 19 incidents of torture … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] State lawmakers have expressed concern about possible problems expected to accompany the implementation of the REAL ID Act [PDF text], fearing that they will not be able to comply with the law's requirements before a May 2008 deadline. The legislation, drafted after the Sept 11 attacks and designed to … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Wednesday released [press release] a report [text] it has submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture [official website] detailing widespread torture and inhumane treatment [JURIST news archives] of prisoners at US detention sites around the world and at facilities in the United States, saying that … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The release of a revised US Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation [current text] has been delayed while Defense Department [official website] officials continue to debate whether a portion of the manual should remain secret. Discussions have been underway for over a year on updates to the field manual, … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website] said Tuesday that a filibuster [Senate backgrounder] is possible for two of President Bush's nominees to federal appeals courts, White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] and federal judge Terrence Boyle [US DOJ backgrounder]. Kavanaugh has been nominated to … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Members of the US House and Senate on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation [press release] to renew the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [text, US DOJ backgrounder], which prohibits voter discrimination based on race or color. Although most of the act is permanent, three sections, including a requirement that states … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The number of adults in prison is on the rise in the United States, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released by the US Justice Department [official website] Wednesday. Nearly 7 million adults were in US prisons, on probation or on parole at the end of 2004, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Thursday hurriedly passed an amendment [JURIST report] to the country's current counter-terrorism legislation the day after Prime Minister John Howard warned of a credible terror attack. Responding to the threat, Howard proposed an amendment to allow prosecution without identifying a specific terrorist act … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The Nigerian Federal High Court has ruled that two Nigerians who were tortured and mutilated in Sierra Leone can challenge Nigeria's decision to grant asylum to former Liberian President Charles Taylor [PBS profile]. Taylor was granted asylum in Nigeria in 2003 following his indictment [text] by the Special Tribunal … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Denver voters have approved a measure that makes it the first large American city to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure, which passed with 54 percent of the vote [official results], allows adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana without … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Wednesday not to exempt online political expression - blogs, emails, and other forms of Internet communication - from campaign finance laws [FEC materials]. Lawmakers had warned that the Internet may have opened up a new loophole for election spending. The House … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] A federal appeals panel has indicated that it might require the government to allow libraries, major corporations and other groups to challenge FBI demands for records under the USA Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive]. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The Bush administration and an international human rights watchdog group have both challenged the Uzbekistan [JURIST news archives] government in the case of Sanjar Umarov [official profile], leader of the country's new opposition movement, the Sunshine Uzbekistan Coalition [party website]. Umarov, who has been critical of authoritarian President Islam … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency [official website] has held and interrogated some of its most important al Qaeda suspects at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. According to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents, the secret facility is part of a … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Outlining a $7.1 million plan to prepare for a possible bird flu epidemic [White House fact sheet], President Bush has asked Congress to devise a plan to provide liability protection for vaccine manufacturers. In his speech [text] Tuesday, Bush said that extending liability protection was key to encouraging vaccine … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] won a narrow victory in the House of Commons Wednesday as his government warded off an amendment to its proposed counter-terrorism legislation [draft, PDF] by one vote. The government defeated a proposal to add the element of "intent" to the new crime … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] A US federal appeals court has agreed to rehear the appeal of five accused Cuban spies [advocacy website], convicted of serving as unregistered agents of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit espionage. The decision to rehear the case comes after an August decision by a three-judge panel of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] The US military announced [press release] late Wednesday that it is conducting an investigation into the alleged desecration of the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan by US soldiers. The troops burned two bodies and used the charred remains in a propaganda campaign against insurgents, broadcast over … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Prosecutors for Spain's National Court asked Thursday that the court drop an arrest warrant issued for three American soldiers who allegedly killed Spanish journalist Jose Couso [Guardian report] and a Ukrainian cameraman in Iraq, according to a court official. The prosecutor's office said that Spain does not have jurisdiction … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Judges at The Hague Thursday refused a request by Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder], on trial for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], for more time to question witnesses for his defense, and then urged Milosevic … [read more]

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