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Legal News
24 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile], former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, have asked a federal judge to dismiss the case against him, arguing that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] was improperly appointed to head the investigation in the CIA leak case [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] US District Judge Jed S. Rakoff [official profile] of the Southern District of New York on Thursday ordered the Defense Department to release uncensored transcripts, including detainee names, of 317 Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials] hearings held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. In January, Rakoff ordered the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] As questioning of potential jurors winds down, defense lawyers for al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] have expressed concern about the possibility of a jury stacked with individuals connected to Sept. 11 victims. Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] last year to conspiracy charges [indictment] in connection with … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] A military jury acquitted US Army Sgt. Alan J. Driver Thursday on charges of prisoner abuse [JURIST report] at Bagram Control Point [Global Security backgrounder, JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. Driver was the last of 11 soldiers from 377 Military Police Company [backgrounder] to be charged … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] As ongoing unrest stemming from the controversy over the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] continues, Pakistani police on Friday placed radical Islamic leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed under house arrest to prevent him from giving his usual Friday sermon at a mosque in Lahore. Saeed is the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] Sheriff's officials in Los Angeles have said they intend to pursue criminal charges against at least two dozen inmates who participated in a series of racially motivated riots [JURIST report] in early February at the North County Correctional Facility [official website]. Two people have been killed in the violence … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] The number of discrimination charges against private employers filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [official website] declined by five percent in 2005 [press release], the third straight year the number of complaints fell. EEOC officials point to several factors as potential causes of the decrease, including the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] The US Air Force [official website] on Thursday released revised interim guidelines [PDF text; press release] concerning the free exercise of religion in the Air Force which remove several restrictions on the promotion of religious beliefs. The revised guidelines, endorsed by the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] After receiving a royal pardon, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [BBC profile; party website] returned home to Cambodia Friday after a year of self-imposed exile in France. Sam Rainsy had fled to France after his parliamentary immunity was revoked [JURIST report] for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] Court documents filed by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive] show that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [CBS profile], Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, testified to a federal grand jury that he was authorized by superiors to leak information contained … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] Robert J. Stein [Wikipedia profile], a former US Defense Department contract official for the Coalition Provisional Authority [official website] in Iraq, pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Thursday to charges of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, unlawful possession of machine guns, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Stein, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] US District Judge Deborah A. Batts on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against former Environmental Protection Agency [official website] head Christine Todd Whitman [official profile], saying her reassurances about the air quality in New York after the September 11 attacks "shock[] the conscience." The … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] The US Senate late Thursday evening passed a one-month extension [HR 4659 summary] of the USA Patriot Act [PDF text] by a 95-1 vote [roll call vote]. The extension until March 10 has already been approved by the US House [JURIST report] and will now go to President Bush … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] The father of John Walker Lindh [CNN profile; JURIST news archive], the American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, called on President Bush Thursday to grant his son clemency and commute his 20 year sentence in a speech to San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. Lindh, who was … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney [official website] on Thursday defended the Bush administration's authorization of domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] in the weeks following Sept. 11, saying the program is a crucial tool in monitoring terrorist organizations. In a speech [transcript] at the Manhattan Institute, Cheney objected to the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has filed a motion [PDF text] in federal court seeking to compel Internet search giant Google [corporate website] to comply with a subpoena issued last summer. The subpoena requests that Google provide a "multi-stage random sample of one million URLs" and … [read more]

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