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Legal news from Tuesday, December 20, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge ruled Tuesday that Military Families Against the War (MFAW) and the Stop the War Coalition [advocacy websites], representing British families of soldiers killed in Iraq, cannot challenge the government's refusal to hold a public inquiry into the UK decision to go to war [JURIST [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] CBS News is reporting that a judge in New York has imposed a $1 million-per-day fine against the New York City Transport Workers Union [Local 100 website; International TWU website] for violating state law by going on strike. Earlier Monday, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that New York's Metropolitan [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US House and Senate have abandoned plans to split the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website], dropping the proposal from the budget reconciliation bill. House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner had introduced legislation [HR 4093 text], which was included in the house [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio [AP profile], who watched the market value of his company decline over $100 billion, has been indicted on 42 counts of insider trading for allegedly selling off more than $100 million in Qwest stock, the US attorney's office in Denver announced Tuesday. The criminal [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter [official website] has said that he will ask US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] about the constitutionality of President Bush's authorization of domestic spying [JURIST report]. In a letter Monday, Specter, who will preside over Alito's confirmation hearing [JURIST [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court has again upheld indictments against former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his role in the disappearance of three dissidents who went missing in the early years of his 1973-1990 regime. Pinochet has been indicted in a total of nine cases, [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a federal judge has ruled that "intelligent design" cannot be taught in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district. US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled Tuesday that the Dover Area School District [official website] violated the Constitution when it decided that biology [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of five former members of a Serbian paramilitary group charged with the videotaped execution of six Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] began in Belgrade Tuesday. The five defendants, members of the Scorpions, were arrested [JURIST report] in June after a [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US senators debated Monday evening the possibility of extending the USA Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive] only temporarily, from as little as three months to as long as four years, in response to President Bush's statement earlier in the day [JURIST report] urging the Senate to reauthorize [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Five members of the elite US Army 75th Ranger Regiment [official website] have been sentenced for up to six months for abusing detainees in Iraq. The five soldiers were charged [JURIST report] last month in connection with a September 2005 incident [press release] where three detainees were allegedly punched [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that the former Iraqi ruler will be in court when his trial [JURIST news archive] resumes Wednesday. During proceedings earlier this month, Hussein boycotted a trial session [JURIST report] in protest over the conditions of his detention. The Iraqi [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Arabs on Tuesday said that partial results released earlier this week in Iraq's parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] were a "falsification of the will of the people" and said that there was abundant evidence of fraud. Preliminary results [PDF text] from Baghdad province were released Monday, showing that [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Top Senate Democrats have said that they never approved or were fully briefed on the National Security Agency's post-September 11th domestic surveillance program [JURIST report]. President Bush has vigorously defended the program, which monitors international communications of people in the US with known links to al Qaeda or other [read more]

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