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Legal News
12 Nov 2007
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The Civil Rights Division [official website] of the US Department of Justice is stepping up its enforcement of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act [official backgrounder], according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers. The law, commonly known as the "Motor Voter Act," is designed to make it easier for … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2007
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Tuesday called for an increased effort to uphold the "fundamental human right" to food for some 854 million around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. In a message marking World Food Day [official website], Ban called for cooperation to uphold the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2007
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] signed a bill [AB1723 text, PDF] Thursday designed to increase funding to legal aid representation for low-income residents of California. The new law, which will take effect in January 2008, will enable banks to invest money from lawyers' client trust funds (IOLTA accounts) … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2007
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Micronesian Legal Service Corporation (LSC) [official website] attorney Omar Calimbas said Tuesday that beginning October 15, 2007, the US will permit Micronesians living on the US mainland to receive free legal aid services. The decision will change a 1983 US Congressional act that prevented the representation of aliens, with … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2007
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Foreign "guest workers" in the US are being continually and severely abused, according to a report [text; press release] pointedly entitled "Close to Slavery" issued Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center [advocacy website]. The report says that workers are frequently cheated out of wages, and must pay high … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2007
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] A law is currently being drafted in the Rwandan Parliament [official website] that would limit families to having three children in order to curb increasing poverty levels [UN backgrounder], an official said Wednesday. Although the law as drafted does not include punitive measures for families who violate it, it … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The FBI has said that it will look into allegations of illegal activities connected to the distribution of millions of dollars worth of Red Cross [official website] supplies in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The announcement [Red Cross press release] comes in the midst of a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The US Transportation Security Administration lawyer who allegedly coached government witnesses [JURIST report] in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial [JURIST news archive] and nearly scuttled the prosecution's case is under criminal investigation by the US Attorney's Office in Philadelphia and "may very well" face charges, according to newly-unsealed minutes of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy [LII profile] on Thursday urged greater attention to reports of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region [HRW materials]. In a speech to the annual meeting [agenda] of the American Society of International Law [official website] in Washington, DC, Kennedy said that lawyers have a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the military commissions [US DOD materials] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] denied Tuesday that detainees at the facility were tortured, but acknowledged the vagueness of the definition of torture itself. USAF Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] of the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Serbian officials have criticized prison officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] for failing to prevent the suicide [JURIST report] of Milan Babic [ICTY case backgrounder, JURIST news archive], former wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs during the Balkan wars. Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee [official website] will vote in April on legislation [S. 2008 text] to improve port security at American ports, according to committee chair Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) [official website]. Collins hopes that the recent controversy over the purchase of control of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] A British judge on Thursday approved the takeover of a British shipping and ports company by the United Arab Emirates [government website] company Dubai Ports World [corporate website], a move which could lead to the Arab company taking control of operations of six major US ports. A US company, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] A Ugandan military court-martial has reinstated firearms and terrorism charges [JURIST report] against defeated presidential candidate Kizza Besigye [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] after the military trial was postponed during elections [JURIST report]. Besigye's lawyers said Thursday that they will ignore the reinstated charges and that Besigye will not … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Military commission [JURIST news archive; DOD materials] hearings for two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees scheduled to begin Wednesday have been delayed, but a third detainee will face a pre-trial hearing [docket, PDF] as scheduled. Ali Hamza al Bahlul [charge sheet, PDF; DOD materials] is accused of serving … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma [official website], Wednesday gave critical second-reading approval to an expansive anti-terror bill which would grant a broad range of new counter-terrorism powers to law enforcement and the military. The Duma vote on the draft law was 408-1, with five … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] A federal judge has granted a request by defense attorneys [JURIST report] that sentencing for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [JURIST news archive], convicted [JURIST report] in November of last year for joining al Qaeda and conspiring to assassinate President Bush, be delayed until March 9 so that prosecutors have … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] defense lawyer and former head of the Jordanian Lawyers Association Saleh al-Armouti said Friday that Hussein has claimed that the United States had offered him life in exile "like Napoleon" if he would use his influence to end the Iraq insurgency. Armouti said Hussein … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Hong Kong High Court Justice Michael Hartmann has ruled [decision text, in English] that an executive order on covert surveillance operations made last year by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen [official profile] is unconstitutional. Instead of immediately repealing it, however, he gave the government six months to replace it, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Conrad Black [JURIST news archive], former chairman of media company Hollinger International [corporate website], told a US federal judge in Chicago Friday that he would prefer to have a trial soon. Black appeared at a court hearing held to assess the progress of the case against him. In December … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] The White House on Wednesday said it has serious concerns over parts of the proposed Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act [PDF text; bill summary], which is currently being debated in the US Senate [JURIST report]. The bill, if passed, would establish a $140 billion fund [JURIST report] financed … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Officials from the joint UN-Cambodia Khmer Rouge Genocide Tribunal [draft tribunal agreement, DOC; Yale CGP materials] being set up to try former Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] leaders said Thursday that the first trials should begin in 2007. Though no specific trial dates have been set and the tribunal still … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Justice Department on Tuesday urged a federal judge to dismiss Connecticut's lawsuit challenging the No Child Left Behind Act [PDF text], arguing that the state understood the law's requirements when officials accepted federal education funding and therefore cannot avoid obligations under the law. Connecticut filed … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] Israeli police Wednesday forcibly evacuated a West Bank Jewish settlement [BBC report] at Amona and demolished nine houses illegally built on Palestinian land after the Israeli Supreme Court [official website, English version] rejected a last-minute appeal by residents. The outpost, along with many others, was set for evacuation under … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2006
by Lauren Becker

[JURIST] British police Friday charged Muhedin Ali, 27, in connection with the attempt to bomb the London subway and a bus on July 21, 2005. Ali was arrested January 17 and is charged with helping another bomber, Hussein Osman, evade arrest. Ali is the 17th person charged over the attacks … [read more]

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