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Legal News
29 May 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The US military said Monday that the number of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees participating in a hunger strike has increased from 3 to about 75. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand described the strike as an effort to attract attention. He speculated that it may be related to the … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] A UN official Monday warned members of fundamentalist Islamic and secular warlord militias fighting for control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu “that any deliberate attempt to prevent wounded or civilians receiving assistance and protection during fighting in the city may constitute elements of future war crimes.” Fighting between … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] US Marine Corps General Peter Pace [official profile], chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], declined comment Monday on the Pentagon's investigation into the November 2005 killings of up to two dozen Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] in the troubled city of Haditha, in the western Anbar … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday voiced grave concern [statement] "at the escalating wave of violence surrounding the pro-democracy demonstrations throughout Nepal in recent days," noting in particular several incidents where Nepalese police have fired on protesters [JURIST report] during ongoing demonstrations against the rule of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] A lawsuit filed by the Russian Justice Ministry's Federal Registration Service [official website, in Russian] against the Union of Soldiers' Mothers Committees [advocacy website], a local NGO representing the rights of soldiers, was dropped Wednesday after the group publicized the fact that they had received a summons to appear … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has selected British lawyer Karim Asad Ahmad Khan to serve as his provisional counsel in proceedings at the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website]. Special Court Principal Defender Vincent Nmehielle [official website] on Wednesday issued a decision [PDF … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Over 780 new allegations of clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] were reported to the US Catholic Church in 2005, though a majority of the claims relate to incidents which occurred in past decades, according to a new audit released Thursday by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops [official … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday approved by a 12-6 vote S. 1768 [PDF], an amendment to 28 USC 45 [text] that would permit Supreme Court proceedings to be televised, "unless the Court decides by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] has ruled that Bank of America [corporate website; press release] may proceed with a counterclaim for damages of over $1 billion against bankrupt Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi [official website] and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) [official website] said Thursday that they have sent a letter [text] to President Bush asking if he knew when he signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [PDF text] that it suffered from a "fundamental constitutional … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] on Thursday urged the Iraqi government [press release] to take steps to "assert control over the security forces and all armed groups" in the country, noting that there has been an increase in allegations of "death squads," summary executions and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The ACLU of Northern California [advocacy website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court of Northern California on behalf of Pacific News Service, seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the California Department of Corrections [official website] and San Quentin Prison from using the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] has agreed to pay up to $90M to settle a class action lawsuit [PDF complaint] filed last year in Arkansas state court, alleging that Google and other online search engine companies overcharged for pay-per-click advertising, in which advertisers pay a fee every time an internet user … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] San Francisco Superior Court [official website] Judge James L. Warren ruled Monday that the University of California [official website] system broke a contract with students when it raised fees during their three-year professional programs. Under the ruling the system should refund more than $33.8 million, primarily to students who … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has said that the committee may recall US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] to testify about the administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. Gonzales testified [JURIST report] before the committee last month … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Ali Hamza Ahmad Sulayman al Bahlul [Wikipedia profile], a Guantanamo detainee from Yemen charged [charge sheet, PDF] with conspiring to commit murder, to attack civilians and civilian objects, and terrorism, boycotted [JURIST report] his military commission hearing again Thursday, this time on the grounds that the attorney appointed to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The Georgia Senate [official website] passed a bill Thursday that would allow Georgians to use deadly force when they feel threatened in public areas. Bill 396 [text PDF; sponsor's press release, PDF] extends Georgia's current law by extending the right to use deadly force beyond private property, saying that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Fusako Shigenobu [Wikipedia profile], founder of the terrorist group known as the Japanese Red Army (JRA) [FAS backgrounder; BBC timeline], was convicted in a Tokyo court Thursday and sentenced to twenty years in prison for kidnapping and attempted murder during a 1974 attack on the French Embassy in The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] US District Judge Melinda Harmon [official profile] has given preliminary approval to a $6.7 billion settlement in a class-action lawsuit [plaintiffs' website] brought by Enron [JURIST news archive] shareholders, an attorney involved in the case said Wednesday. Shareholders brought suit against several banks, accusing them of helping Enron hide … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The South Dakota Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved by a 23-12 vote a bill [PDF text] that would ban all abortions, excluding only those necessary to save a woman's life. A similar bill [PDF text] has already passed the state House by a vote of 47-22. After legislators … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge has ruled that three UK residents [JURIST report] detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since 2002 can seek a court order requiring the British government to petition the US government for their release. The UK government has thusfar said that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] Thursday rejected a call [letter, PDF; JURIST report] from thirty-one Senate Democrats to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation of Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] because he was too close to the President and other top officials associated with the lobbyist. In … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] In an interview [transcript] on the Fox News Channel Wednesday, US Vice President Dick Cheney [official profile] said that while he may be called as a witness [Reuters report] in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive] and therefore could not comment specifically on it, he does have authority … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Recently released photographs and video showing the apparent abuse of prisoners by US personnel at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] show clear violations of international humanitarian law, a spokeswoman for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] said Thursday. The previously unpublished images [JURIST report], … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday instructed a lower court to reconsider a challenge to Georgia's controversial voter ID law [PDF text] that required voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting their ballots, but left in place an injunction [PDF text; … [read more]

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