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Legal news from Monday, May 16, 2005
21:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a military jury empaneled for the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse trial of Spc. Sabrina Harman [JURIST news archive] has convicted her on six of seven counts. AP has more on Monday's closing defense arguments in her case at Fort Hood, Texas, which began last Thursday.9:57 [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Newsweek magazine has officially retracted its May 9 story that US personnel at Guantanamo had desecrated the Koran. Editors at the magazine began publicly backtracking from the story Sunday night [JURIST report] after a source said he could no longer be certain that he had [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Database giant Oracle [official website] has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a dispute over claims that the company fraudulently billed the US government for software training from 1997 through 2003. Former Oracle employee Robert J. Makheja, who claimed he was fired after challenging the company's billing practices, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The former Nigerian education minister, former senate leader, and five other Nigerian lawmakers went on trial for corruption Monday in the capital city of Abuja. Ex-Education Minister Fabian Osuji is accused of paying a $400,000 bribe to parliament in order to get an inflated budget for his department passed. [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's General Medical Council [official website], the body that registers and regulates British doctors, went to court Monday [official statement] to clarify a 2004 ruling on a patient's right to treatment. Leslie Burke [advocacy website], who suffers from a degenerative brain disorder, obtained [BBC report] a July court order [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] In a historic move Monday, the Kuwait National Assembly [official website] passed a law granting women the right to both run and vote in parliamentary elections. The legislation passed in the all-male parliament by a vote of 35 to 23 on an issue that had spurred strong reactions by [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether states and counties can be sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act [official website] for not making accommodations for disabled inmates in prisons. The Bush administration filed an appeal in the case on behalf of an inmate seeking [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a former computer science professor and three others accused of funding a terrorist group responsible for a bombing in Israel. Sami Al-Arian [defense website, Wikipedia profile] is charged [JURIST report] with using an Islamic think tank he established as a front [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US Senate panel reported Monday that Saddam Hussein's government provided Russian officials with millions of dollars in oil rights under the oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive] in a bid to lift UN sanctions against Iraq. The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations [official website], a subcommittee [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russian judges on Monday found oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky [Wikipedia profile] guilty on six counts in his trial [defense website] for fraud in connection with his management of the YUKOS oil company [JURIST news archive]. Reading of the verdict will continue on Tuesday morning. US officials are concerned that [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Monday that states may not pass laws banning out-of-state wineries from shipping wine directly to customers in state. The ruling strikes down New York and Michigan laws [state shipping laws from Wine Institute] prohibiting direct shipment to customers from winerys in other [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The French yes [Ensemble pour le "oui" website] and no [Gaullist website] campaigns on the proposed EU constitution [text; French EU constitution backgrounder by the Paris-based Centre d'information sur l'Europe] officially began Monday with the two sides nearly deadlocked just two weeks before the critical vote on May 29. [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian appeals court has upheld a two-and-a-half year sentence for Abu Bakar Ba'asyir [BBC profile], convicted in March for conspiracy [JURIST report] in the 2002 Bali bombings [Answers fact sheet]. The defense argued that the conviction wasn't based on sufficient evidence. The US and Australian governments had previously [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt Sunday denied a recent Human Rights Watch report [HRW text] accusing it of torturing terror suspects transferred there by the US. The organization had accused Egypt [JURIST report] of torturing prisoners [JURIST report] which it said were transferred there in circumvention of international law. Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] On a visit to Iraq Sunday Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the Shiite- and Kurd-dominated government to involve the Sunni Arabs - estimated to make up anywhere from 20% [US DOD report] to over 50% [IslamOnline report] of Iraq's population, based on different counting methodologies - in writing [read more]

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