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Legal news from Sunday, October 2, 2005
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] announced Sunday that five as-yet-unnamed judges have been selected to preside over the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and seven of his associates for the 1982 killings of 143 Shiite Muslims in the village of Dujail [JURIST report]. The trial is [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) [official website] announced Sunday that it will investigate allegations of voting fraud in last month’s legislative elections [JURIST report]. The JEMB decision [text] says that the instances of fraud, including ballot stuffing and proxy voting, were isolated, not systematic, and will not [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers acting on behalf of former New Orleans prisoners have filed papers asking the US Department of Justice [official site] to immediately assume direct supervision over a temporary holding facility at a closed juvenile prison in Jena, Louisiana, the source of more than two dozen complaints of prisoner abuse. [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut joined Vermont Saturday as the second US state that recognizes civil unions for same-sex couples [JURIST report; a third state, Massachusetts, recognizes full gay marriage]. The development was marked by special Saturday hours at Hartford’s City Hall [press release, PDF], where 26 same-sex couples applied for their licenses. [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Yevgeny Adamov, the former minister in charge of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) [backgrounder] has gone on hunger strike in a Swiss prison, where he has been held since May 2. Adamov, 66, is demanding that Swiss authorities extradite him to Russia on fraud charges. He is [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile] has started new negotiations with Shiites and Kurds in a last-ditch attempt to achieve a political compromise on the provisions of the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] creating a federal structure for the country. Humam Hammoudi, the Shiite head of [read more]

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