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Legal News
29 Mar 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora [official profile] Wednesday called on US law enforcement to take action to stop the flow of guns and drug money from the United States into Mexico [JURIST news archive]. Mora told a gathering of business leaders that many of the arms used in … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a report [text; press release] Thursday detailing abuse and torture suffered by seven former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees at the hands of Russian law enforcement agencies since their release from US custody in 2004. The seven men were released from … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] An Italian judge Wednesday ordered New York Army National Guard [official website] soldier Mario Lozano [Wikipedia profile] to stand trial on charges of voluntary homicide in connection with the death of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile] at a US checkpoint in Iraq in March 2005. Calipari was … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The government of Canada [JURIST news archive] ordered an official inquiry [press release] Tuesday into whether detainees in Afghanistan [JURIST news archives] were abused while in Canadian custody. The probe began following a civilian complaint filed by Amir Attaran [profile], a University of Ottawa law professor, whose research [Globe … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul [official profile] said Wednesday that a proposed resolution [text, PDF] by the US Congress condemning the mass killings [BBC backgrounder] of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1917 as "genocide" would damage US-Turkish relations. Turkey has maintained that the deaths do not amount to … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] gave preliminary approval Thursday to a measure that would allow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] to rule by decree for 18 months. The initial vote was unanimous and the measure is expected to pass easily next … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The Rwandan cabinet has agreed to abolish capital punishment, the country's justice minister said Friday, clearing the way for the extradition of defendants facing trial for the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC report], during which over 800,000 people were killed. The ban must still be approved by parliament, but since … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The US Senate passed the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 [PDF text; CRS summary] by a 96-2 vote [roll call] Thursday, but declined [roll call] to create a Senate Office of Public Integrity to investigate ethics breaches. The bill was the first major initiative taken by the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2007
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Charles "Cully" Stimson has set off a firestorm of protest by publicly questioning the propriety of some of the country's top law firms representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. In an interview [recorded audio] on Federal News Radio [media … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Iran's parliament [official website, in Persian] has voted to review the terms of the country's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website; JURIST news archive], the UN's nuclear watchdog, following a weekend approval of sanctions ]JURIST report] by the UN Security Council [official website] ordering Tehran … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US Defense Department Administrative Review Boards (ARB) [DOD materials] reviewing the status of prisoners held by the US at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] cleared 46 detainees for transfer to the custody of their home countries, according to new figures [chart, PDF] posted on the DOD website. Deputy Secretary … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A recent UK Home Office [official website] report [text part 1, part 2, PDF] prepared for Prime Minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archive] details the country's first increase in crime since the mid-1990s and predicts a massive 25% increase in its prison population over the next five years, according … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The Cobb County School District [official website] on Tuesday agreed to remove anti-evolution stickers [ACLU press release] from its high school biology textbooks. In 2002, parents sued the suburban Atlanta school district claiming the stickers violated the separation between church and state by promoting religion in the classroom. In … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A court in the Netherlands [JURIST news archive] has approved the extradition of a Dutch national to the United States to face trial for conspiring to participate in insurgent attacks on US troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2003. Wesam al Delaema [DOJ press release] will be … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US military Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD materials] do not offer detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] an adequate opportunity to contest the accusations against them or to object to their status as enemy combatants [JURIST news archive], according to a report [PDF text] released Friday. Seton Hall … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush assured Australian Prime Minister John Howard Friday that Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] would be brought to trial, but refused to give a timetable for the trial. Referring to Hicks' legal team's promise to challenge [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US District Judge John Houston Thursday temporarily stayed enforcement of an ordinance [2006-38R text, TIF] passed by the city of Escondido, California [official website] which would punish landlords for renting to illegal immigrants [JURIST report]. The ordinance requires landlords to provide evidence of their tenants' immigration status to city … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson [advocacy website; JURIST report] was sentenced to 21 months [press release] in military custody Thursday for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi man in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] last April. Jackson admitted to assisting eight other … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors requested a three-year prison term Friday for American Richard Ness [defense website], the regional chief executive of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive], an American gold-mining company with a subsidiary in Indonesia. Ness and Newmont face criminal charges [JURIST report] for allegedly dumping arsenic … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official website; BBC profile] spoke out against the pending execution of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] Thursday, saying it could push Iraq into even greater violence. Mubarak, believed to share the views of many Arab leaders, told Egyptian newspapers that hanging Hussein "will transform (Iraq) … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court convicted three Vietnamese-born United States citizens for plotting "terrorist activities" [WP report] and ordered them deported from the country. Prosecutors said the three Americans, along with four other defendants, had plotted to drop leaflets, jam radio stations and plant bombs to protest the Communist-run government. In … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] South African lawmakers are expected to pass a civil unions bill next week after a parliamentary committee Thursday approved language without specific reference to heterosexual or same-sex couples that recognizes the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnized and registered by either a marriage or civil union." A … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] South Dakota voters Tuesday rejected a controversial law banning most abortions [HB 1215 text, PDF] passed by the state legislature [JURIST report] earlier this year. With 818 out of 818 precincts reporting Wednesday, the final unofficial results for Referred Law 6 [Vote Smart backgrounder] were:NO 185948 56% YES 148666 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] delayed a vote on the proposed $82.2 billion merger of BellSouth and AT&T [corporate websites] for the third time Thursday. The measure was previously delayed [JURIST report] to allow Democrats on the commission more time to study the proposal. An FCC official … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] urged voters at campaign rallies in Montana and Nevada Thursday to vote Republican so that the Senate can continue to confirm key judicial nominees "who will not legislate from the bench." Bush pointed to Chief Justice John Roberts [OYEZ profile; JURIST … [read more]

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