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Legal news from Saturday, May 21, 2005
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Martin Jenkins [profile] ruled Friday that there was not enough evidence to sustain many of the counts against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko [Wikipedia profile]. In a complex trial that ended nearly one year ago, Lazarenko was convicted on 29 counts of extortion and [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official website] announced Friday, while acknowledging National Missing Children's Day [DOJ press release], that a new federal website would provide state-by-state information on known sex offenders within two months. The website, with voluntary participation by states, will allow someone to do a national search online [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich [official website] vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed rights for gay partners who registered with the state, denouncing it as a threat to traditional marriage. Among the rights the bill would have granted to gay partners were the right to be treated as [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Sudanese official said Saturday that a tribunal to try people accused of war crimes in Darfur [BBC backgrounder] could be announced in 2-3 months. Sudan rejected the UN Security Council's recommendation [JURIST report] earlier this year to refer the trials to the International Criminal Court [official website] [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan president Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] said Saturday that he wants custody of all Afghan prisoners after being "shocked" by US newspaper reports of prisoner abuse [JURIST report] released Friday. The US has over 500 Taliban and other prisoners in Guantanamo Bay [official website] and several hundred Afghans are [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] British tabloid The Sun published additional photos of an incarcerated Saddam Hussein in a white robe Saturday, one day after it showed a semi-clad Saddam on its front page. The International Committee of the Red Cross [official website] has said the pictures violate Saddam's right to privacy while the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Republicans filed a motion Friday which starts the countdown towards the "nuclear option" [Wikipedia backgrounder] - a procedure to wipe out the Democrats' power to block President Bush's judicial nominees. The motion would end the Senate debate for federal court nominee Priscilla Owen [DOJ profile] who was renominated [read more]

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