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Legal News
27 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Following up on an earlier report on JURIST's Paper Chase, four Sunni Iraqi Cabinet members and one Deputy Prime Minister on Saturday announced their reservations with the proposed draft constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. The statement, filed by Culture Minister Nouri Farhan al-Rawi, Minister of State for Women's … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit Saturday responded to a renewed call for it to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty [text] in advance of a meeting of treaty members in New York in September by saying it would not do so until Israel joins the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] The Army's Criminal Investigation Command [official website] announced Friday that it is investigating a civilian lab worker who admitted to falsifying DNA test results in at least one instance, examining over 475 criminal cases dating back almost a decade. The test results, performed at the Army's Criminal Investigation Laboratory … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] granted approval Friday to a Georgia law [bill summary; JURIST report] that would require photo identification to vote in elections. This approval, which is required of Georgia and other states with a history of voter discrimination by the 1965 Voting Rights Act … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] A Metropolitan Police [official website] spokeswoman announced Saturday that the department would not modify its policy of using deadly force against suspected terrorists. The Independent Police Complaints Commission [official website] is conducting a review of police conduct after officers shot and killed an innocent man [JURIST report] they mistakenly … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Ashraf Qazi, special representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, asked Saturday that Iraq reconsider its decision to resume carrying out executions, three days after the Iraqi government approved three death sentences [JURIST report]. The US-led occupation placed a moratorium on capital punishment after removing former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Kurdish officials discussed dropping their demand for a constitutional right to secede Saturday, as negotiations continued on the drafting of the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. Kurds have faced opposition to their demand for self-determination [JURIST report] from various Sunni groups associated with Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's Dawa Party … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [official website] officials announced [press release] Friday that the rule allowing truckers to stay behind the wheel for 11 hours straight will not be changed, despite a federal appeals court decision overturning the rule. Rather, the hours of service regulations [FMCSA backgrounder] now require … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court denied a motion to dismiss tax charges against the wife and son of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [Wikipedia profile, JURIST news archive] Friday. Chilean prosecutors filed charges [JURIST report] against Pinochet's relatives last week, alleging they were complicit in hiding millions of dollars in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo [official website] has admitted that Nigerian police forces have engaged in killings of suspects and innocent civilians, as well as torture and other civil rights violations. Obasanjo's admission comes only weeks after Nigerian officials denied allegations of torture [JURIST report] made in a new report … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court held Saturday that the conviction of Abu Bakar Bashir [Wikipedia profile] was not made in error, upholding his 30-month sentence for conspiracy [JURIST report] in connection with the 2002 bombings in Bali [CNN special report]. Bashir is associated with Jemaah Islamiyah [CFR backgrounder], a group … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Reaction to British Prime Minister Tony Blair's [official website] proposed anti-terrorism measures [JURIST report] was mixed Friday and Saturday, with opposition politicians and rights activists expressing concern over the civil liberties and immigration implications of the plan. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy, said on BBC Radio … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Friday refused a congressional request to turn over certain documents authored by US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile] when he was deputy Solicitor General, saying that internal deliberations on the merits of cases are privileged. The DOJ did, however, agreed to turn … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Iraqi leaders Friday put off a high-level constitutional meeting for two days while the Iraqi Kurdistan National Assembly [official website] convened in an emergency session and consultations between major players continued. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] had called the constitutional summit in order to break a deadlock regarding … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Updating an earlier story, the US is now reportedly engaged in discussions with three countries about the transfer of detainees currently being held in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] back to their home jurisdictions. A US agreement with Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the turnover of prisoners similar to … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] At an emergency summit Thursday, African Union [official website] member states reaffirmed their commitment to a plan for UN Security Council reform that rejects a competing plan by the G4 nations [JURIST news archive]. African states voted 46 to 9 to continue to press for two permanent seats on … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Mahmud Faruq Brent, a Southern Maryland resident, was charged in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Thursday with aiding and abetting a terrorist organization. According to prosecutors, Brent openly bragged about his decision to attend a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] The Indonesian government began its criminal pollution case [JURIST report] Friday against Denver-based gold giant Newmont Mining Corp. [official website] and its American regional chief executive Richard Ness. The government claims that studies prove Newmont placed arsenic and mercury into the waters of Buyat Bay [New York Times report], … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] European delegates offered Iran's government long-term support for efforts to develop a sustainable nuclear energy program Friday. The offer would include the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear fuel from Europe but it requires assurances from Iran that it will not withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text]. The … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] claimed Saturday that a man attacked the former Iraqi leader during a court appearance this week. Defense lawyers stated that at the conclusion of the hearing in front of the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website], the man, who was unidentified, struck Hussein, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Indonesian National Police spokesperson Sunarko Danu Artanto Saturday vehemently denied the allegations made Friday by the US Government Accountability Office [official website] that Indonesian Police [official website, in English and Bahasa Indonesian] engaged in human rights abuses, calling the claims an attempt to prevent the modernization and reform of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema [official profile] reduced the sentences Friday of three Virginia men convicted of participating in terror training. Brinkeme had been required to sentence members of the "Virginia Jihad" to lengthy prison terms she had called excessive before the Supreme Court's ruling in United States … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Sicth (Legal) Committee [official website] restarted work on a treaty against international terrorism Friday, motivated by a rash of recent attacks in Egypt and Great Britain. Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Bennouna said that the committee "has broken the ice", referring to rifts among the panel on … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] In California, US District Judge Audrey Collins ruled Friday that the provision of the USA Patriot Act that forbids "assistance" to known terrorist organizations continues to be overly vague, in violation of her 2004 ruling on the same provision [text, PDF]. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2005
by Christopher Tate

[JURIST] Pakistani officials said Saturday that they will use their enhanced Anti-Terrorism Act to try over 100 members of militant Islamic factions detained in the Punjab province this weekend. The crackdown comes shortly after the revelation that the bombers implicated in the July 7 attacks in London [JURIST report] were … [read more]

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