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Legal News
14 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] is re-examining the last unsolved public lynching [Wikipedia backgrounder] in the US, according to an FBI agent. FBI agent Stephen Emmett did not say whether the FBI will officially reopen the case, but said that recent technology and techniques may help … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] A Japanese court on Friday rejected a suit filed by 3,200 citizens who argued that Japan's deployment of troops to Iraq violates the country's pacifist constitution [text], which bans the use of force to settle international disputes. The plaintiffs also argued that the Iraq war is a war of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Chinese dissident Li Jianping went on trial Wednesday in China's Shandong province, facing charges [indictment, in Chinese] of "incitement to subvert state power" for allegedly posting pro-democracy articles on the Internet. According to Human Rights in China [advocacy website], he was arrested [press release] in May 2005 for posting … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have decided to drop its appeal in a case where the government sought to maintain a gag order to conceal the identity of a library that was subject to FBI demands for library patron records under the USA PATRIOT Act [JURIST news archive]. The American Civil Liberties … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website] celebrated its 60th anniversary [ICJ anniversary website] Wednesday, holding a solemn sitting at the Hague. The ICJ is the highest legal body in the United Nations and has served as a judicial intermediary between member states since the end of World War … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] French students and union members staged sporadic "victory marches" Tuesday to celebrate the government's withdrawal of the First Employment Contract (contrat premiere embauche, CPE) [JURIST news archive] as legislators prepared for a vote on a replacement $180M job training and subsidization package that could come as early as Wednesday … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] A jury on Tuesday awarded $9 million in punitive damages to a New Jersey man who sued pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] on grounds that his prolonged use of the drug Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news archive] caused him to suffer a heart attack, marking the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge on Monday overturned laws [Home Office backgrounder] designed to fight the rising number of "sham marriages" [Telegraph report] within the United Kingdom, ruling that the rules discriminated against immigrants and were incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF text]. The laws, which … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Large numbers of immigrants and supporters assembled in cities across the United States Monday for a National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice [advocacy website], urging lawmakers to make it easier for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to live in the country legally. The demonstrations come in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Bob Taft [official website] is set to face a second round of disciplinary action for failing to report gifts that he received while in office. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel [official website], part of the Ohio Supreme Court [official website] tasked with monitoring lawyer behavior, said Monday … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Muhammad [charge sheet, PDF] said Thursday that he had been tortured after United States authorities transported him to a Moroccan prison for interrogation. Muhammad is a suspected al Qaeda member and is charged with conspiring with al Qaeda to commit war crimes in the United … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Serbia [JURIST news archive] has promised to deliver fugitive Bosnian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile] to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] by the end of April, according to a court spokesman. A spokesman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Nineteen-year-old Canadian Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] refused to take part in military commission proceedings [JURIST news archive] during a pretrial hearing at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, claiming that he was mistreated [JURIST report] and sent to solitary confinement for no reason. Khadr currently faces charges [charge … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Wednesday repeated its calls that Russia officially abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. There have been no executions in Russia for over ten years as the result of a moratorium imposed by former Russian President Boris Yeltsin [Wikipedia profile] as part … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a sweeping health care plan [House No. 4850 text; summary, PDF] that would require all residents to have health coverage or face penalties. Massachusetts is the first state to approve a health insurance reform [IssueSource backgrounder] plan of this nature; Maine's health care plan was … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] US District Judge Jeremy Fogel [official profile] has authorized lawyers to obtain information on executioners at San Quentin Prison, but has banned the release of any details about them to the public. Lawyers for convicted murderer and death row inmate Michael Morales [NCADP profile; JURIST news archive] are seeking … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] met with several potential defense lawyers after he pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] Monday to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity [amended indictment, PDF] at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website]. Taylor and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] on Tuesday called on states to ratify the 1997 anti-personnel mine ban treaty [text] and said that it should only take ten years to rid the world of all land mines will take ten years to complete, not 100 years as previously estimated. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] has called for the United Nations [official website] to reduce the number of reports it produces each year as part of his ongoing UN reform [JURIST news archive, UN materials] agenda first announced in March 2005. In a report [text and resources] delivered … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC], the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture [official website], has said that he is certain that the United States has secret detention facilities in Europe [JURIST news archive] and has demanded access to the facilities. In an interview with the Associated Press Thursday, Nowak cited … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] voted unanimously Wednesday to allow UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to open formal negotiations on the establishment of a tribunal to try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The UK- and US-sponsored Resolution 1664 … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Former Assistant US Attorney Richard Convertino [Wikipedia profile] and US State Department Regional Secretary Officer Harry Raymond Smith III were indicted before a Detroit federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and making false declarations in connection with a botched 2003 terrorism trial. Convertino was … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] officials and armed peacekeepers took former Liberian President Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] into custody Wednesday in Monrovia after he was transported to Liberia following his capture [JURIST report] by Nigerian officials in an attempt to flee the country. Taylor disappeared from his villa [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Johannesburg High Court Judge Willem van der Merwe on Wednesday refused to dismiss rape charges [JURIST report] against former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile]. The defense filed a motion for dismissal citing a lack of evidence proving Zuma's guilt in the rape of a longtime family … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] The Mississippi Legislature [official website] failed to reach a compromise on an abortion ban bill [text] before a Monday night deadline, preventing it from becoming law during the current legislative session. The proposed bill would have prohibited most abortions in the state, making exceptions only for victims of rape … [read more]

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