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Legal News
19 Jan 2008
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [academic profile] said Friday that Israel's recent attack on a Hamas government office in Gaza which injured around 50 civilians and the killings of some 40 Palestinians in the past week should be considered war crimes [statement], … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2008
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court in Santiago Friday sentenced General Manuel Contreras [Trial Watch profile], the secret police chief under former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], to 10 years in prison. Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate [FAS backgrounder], was sentenced for the kidnapping … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2008
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] Monday ordered the country's government to stop cordon-and-search security operations, in which security forces cut off access to a populated area before searching and arresting residents within. Human rights groups have criticized the practice [AI backgrounder], arguing that the arrests constitute … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website] on Friday upheld the acquittal [press release, in Chinese] of former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou [personal website, in Chinese] on graft charges, clearing the way for Ma to run in Taiwan's presidential elections in March 2008. Ma was acquitted earlier this year by … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] has indicated that the agency will comply with congressional requests to produce documents related to the EPA's decision to deny California's request for a waiver [JURIST reports] that would have allowed it and 16 other states following its lead to impose … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website; in Russian] has overruled a lower court decision [JURIST report] that had held that a new investigation into the activities of Yukos [JURIST news archive] founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his partner Platon Lebedev [defense website] was illegal. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [party profile] went on trial on one of two alleged extortion charges [Reuters report] in a Dhaka courtroom Wednesday, according to a court official cited by Reuters. Sheikh Selim, a former Minister of Government, also appeared on similar charges. Hasina is accused of … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Iraqi cabinet passed a draft law on Wednesday that would grant a general pardon to "innocent" detainees held in Iraqi and US prisons in the country, according to an Iraqi official speaking to AFP Wednesday. Currently, there are more than 26,000 detainees held in US-run Camp Cropper and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] President Bush urged Congress in his weekly radio address [transcript; recorded audio] Saturday to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] in time to replace the temporary Protect America Act [S-1927 materials; JURIST report], set to expire February 1. That Act currently allows the US … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors Monday went to court in a civil lawsuit against Tommy Suharto [BBC report], the youngest son of former President Haji Mohammed Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], in order to recover an alleged $55 million in losses related to a land exchange scam from the mid-1990s. After … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] Former Iraq Deputy Health Minister Hakim Zamili [Iraq Ministry of Health website] and another top ministry official will be put on trial for allegedly assisting Shi'ite militias, the Iraqi government said Saturday. A spokesman said that the trial shows that the government Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] is … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] issued a decision [PDF text; press release] Monday setting the trial date for former Union of Patriotic Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] for March 31, 2008. The trial chamber also set December 14 as … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] New Jersey Assembly speaker Joseph Roberts, Jr. [official profile] said Friday that the State Assembly [official website] will vote Dec. 13 on a proposal [A3716, PDF] to abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. If the vote passes, New Jersey would be the first state to abolish capital punishment … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] Florida death row inmate Ian Deco Lightbourne [docket] on Monday asked the state supreme court to reconsider its decision last week that Florida's revised lethal injection protocols do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment [JURIST report] in violation of the US Constitution. The Florida Supreme Court issued two decisions … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush praised attorney general nominee Micheal Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] in his weekly radio address [text; recorded audio] on Saturday, predicting that the former federal judge would be confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. Bush specifically defended Mukasey's stance on waterboarding [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC; JURIST news archive] said Monday that torture was widespread and routine throughout Sri Lanka. Nowak visited Sri Lanka in early October and reported to the Third Committee [official website] of the UN General Assembly that torture has become pervasive … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] Monday utilized his power under the Real ID Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive] to circumvent a federal district court decision handed down last week that on environmental grounds ordered the delay of fence construction along part of the Arizona-Mexico border. … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Canadian government Monday introduced a new security certificates bill [press release] in the House of Commons [official website] in response to a February Supreme Court decision [text] that gave it one year to re-write existing law or have that voided as unconstitutional. Security certificates [PSC backgrounder] allow the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive; OYEZ profile] on Friday became the latest high court member to publicly criticize the possibility of televising the court's proceedings. Speaking at the University of Virginia, Alito joked that televising the proceedings would be a mistake since it would directly … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] Venezuelan human rights activists and church leaders Friday criticized new constitutional reforms [JURIST report] proposed by President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that they say would suspend legal due process and centralize power in an authoritarian presidency. The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] is currently … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The court-martial [press release; JURIST report] of former US military police commander Lt Col William H Steele began in Baghdad Monday on charges [JURIST report] of aiding the enemy by providing a cellular phone to detainees, giving special privileges, failing to obey an order, and for conduct unbecoming an … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile [official website, in Spanish] began an investigation Friday into whether Carlos Cerda, the judge who last week indicted the relatives of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile], violated a judiciary rule that "forbids judges from criticizing other judges." Cerda order … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Russian human rights activists at the US ambassador's residence in Moscow Saturday to address growing concerns regarding freedom of speech, independence of the judiciary and conditions in the Caucasus region. Alexander Brod, head of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, [advocacy website] … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] Intel [corporate website] has asked the European Commission (EC) [official website] to extend its October 8 deadline to respond to antitrust accusations [press release; JURIST report] prepared by the EC in July over Intel's price and rebate tactics, which the EC said had the effect of driving smaller companies, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] A Milan prosecutor charged former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with false accounting on Monday, alleging that his broadcasting company, Mediaset, [corporate website, in Italian] incorrectly reported its costs in purchasing television rights to US films in a ploy to lower taxes in 2000. … [read more]

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