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Legal News
15 Jul 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Saturday questioned Nicolo Pollari, chief of the Italian Intelligence and Security Services [official website], regarding his role in the alleged CIA extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile], also known as Abu Omar. Italian police arrested two intelligence officials … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Politicians, civil rights advocates and privacy advocates have criticized the recent White House agreement [JURIST report] allowing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] to determine the constitutionality of the NSA's controversial domestic spying program [JURIST news archive]. In reaction to the plan US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Former NatWest [corporate website] bankers David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew, pleaded not guilty Friday to a total of seven counts of wire fraud [indictment, PDF] for an allegedly fraudulent sale of Enron stock. The bankers were extradited to the US [JURIST report] Thursday following a three year … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] has refused to conduct a full court rehearing [order, PDF] of a three-judge panel's ruling [JURIST report] that a Mercer County, Kentucky courthouse display containing the Ten Commandments is constitutional. In the decision [PDF text] last December, the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Yemeni al Qaeda member Khaled Mohammed Abdullah al-Batati, one of the 23 prisoners who escaped from prison in February [JURIST report], has turned himself in to authorities. Al-Batati, the eighth escapee to turn himself in, was serving a three-year sentence [JURIST report] for plotting an attack upon the British … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] DC sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad [Wikipedia profile] agreed Monday to allow three attorneys to stand by and provide advice upon request when he begins representing himself at his trial [JURIST report], set to begin May 1. Maryland Judge James L. Ryan granted the defendant's request [JURIST report] to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Forty-nine leftist Philippines politicians, including six current lawmakers and former Senator Gregorio Honasan [Wikipedia profile], face charges of rebellion for allegedly conspiring with the Communist Party of the Philippines [Philippine Revolution profile] to kill and replace President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website], officials announced Monday. According to Senior State … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Iraqi prosecutors Monday played in court a taped phone conversation allegedly between Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and co-defendant Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile], a former vice president, where the two discussed the situation in Dujail. The voice attributed to Ramadan reported the destruction of farmland and palm … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The appointment of Jamal Abu Samhadana [MIPT profile], fugitive leader of the militant Popular Resistance Committees [BBC backgrounder], as director general of the Palestinian Authority's Interior Ministry and head of a new Palestinian security force raised concerns Friday that the entire Palestinian cabinet could face assassination by Israel. Samhadana … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] John Negroponte [official profile], director of US national intelligence, has said that the US has no immediate plans to put detained suspected senior al Qaeda members on trial. In a speech [prepared remarks] Thursday commemorating the first anniversary of the creation of the Office of the Director of National … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad v. White [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], a case in which it will decide which of the three tests adopted by US courts of appeal should determine … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Reformist Egyptian judges Mahmud Mekki and Hisham Al Bastawissi face disciplinary hearings before Justice Minister Mahmud Abuleil, a judicial source reported Monday. The judges may possibly be terminated for leaking information to the press during last year's parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] when they accused other judges of election … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] British police on Thursday arrested Des Smith, the first person held in police custody in the "cash for honors" probe [BBC Q/A, video], before releasing him on bail later in the day. The arrest stemmed from allegations that the government was selling "honors" such as peerages and knighthoods to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The Ohio Supreme Court [official website] has rejected the argument that Governor Bob Taft (R) [official website] has full executive privilege to keep records private in a 5-2 decision [PDF opinion text]. Rather, the court held on Thursday that Taft has a "qualified gubernatorial-communications privilege," allowing public access to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Protests continued at 32 of France's 84 universities Monday, despite separate announcements [JURIST report] from French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin earlier in the day that the section of a recently-enacted law [JURIST document] on equality of opportunity establishing the so-called First Employment Contract (contrat … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] President Bush defended his decision to declassify intelligence regarding the Iraq war Monday, responding to allegations of wrongdoing revealed during the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. Addressing students and foreign policy analysts at Johns Hopkins University, the president explained that he declassified portions of an October 2002 National … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] A panel of 11 members of the German parliament [Bundestag website] began its investigation into the role of German intelligence in the war in Iraq Friday. The committee will focus on 30 questions posed by the Free Democratic Party, the Left Party and the Greens [party websites in German], … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The United Nations has expressed disappointment [press briefing transcript] in the US decision not to run [JURIST report] for a position on the new UN Human Rights Council [official website; UN materials; FAQ]. Spokesmen for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] and UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson [official … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday released 2,600 pages of case review documents [documents list] pertaining to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prisoners, finally making public the names of all 490 prisoners currently held at the facility after disclosing the identities of more then 300 last month. The documents … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website; JURIST news archive] has held that the US adhered to international trade rules in setting softwood lumber tariffs against Canada [JURIST news archive]. A WTO panel publicly released a report [PDF text] Monday that was originally disclosed to the parties in February. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The EU on Friday extended its deadline for Serbia [JURIST news archive] to hand over wanted war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile] to April 30 after chief ICTY prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC News profile, JURIST news archive] confirmed the country's willingness to cooperate with … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Tony Rudy [SourceWatch backgrounder], former deputy chief of staff and press secretary to US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website, JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy Friday. Rudy admitted to working with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff [BBC Q&A, JURIST report], among other people, to corrupt … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile], currently facing the death penalty [JURIST report] in Afghanistan [ JURIST news archive] for converting from Islam to Christianity, has appealed for asylum, UN spokesman Adrian Edwards said Monday. Earlier Monday, several hundred people responded to a judge's decision that the prosecution lacked sufficient evidence … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Monday softened HR 4437 [text, PDF; bill summary], the controversial immigration reform bill passed by the House [JURIST report] in December, by adopting an amendment by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) that would protect charitable organizations, churches and individuals providing aid to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Abortion rights activists in South Dakota [JURIST news archive] on Friday announced that they will seek a referendum [press release] that will overturn the state's newly-enacted abortion ban [PDF text]. The campaign [Reuters report], led by the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families [advocacy website], must collect 16,728 signatures … [read more]

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