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Legal news from Saturday, May 6, 2006
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors said Saturday that they will appeal the acquittal [JURIST report] of two Chechens accused of murdering American journalist Paul Klebnikov [Wikipedia profile, Economist obituary]. Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was in the process of investigating corruption in Russian business before his death in 2004 [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe security officials have increased the use of torture in dealing with opponents of the government of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], according to a report released Saturday by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum [advocacy website]. The rights group says that 19 incidents of torture [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] State lawmakers have expressed concern about possible problems expected to accompany the implementation of the REAL ID Act [PDF text], fearing that they will not be able to comply with the law's requirements before a May 2008 deadline. The legislation, drafted after the Sept 11 attacks and designed to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Australian terror suspect David Hicks [JURIST news archive; advocacy website] said Saturday that Britain's Court of Appeals will not allow further appeals from the British government in Hicks' attempt to obtain UK citizenship. Hicks, currently detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and facing military commission proceedings, [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Five Chinese Uighur men who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] despite a determination that they are not enemy combatants have been flown to Albania [press release], where government officials are reviewing their applications for asylum. According to a statement [text] from the US State Department [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] British police have said that Anjem Choudary [Wikipedia profile] and Abdul Muhid now face criminal charges stemming from their roles in the February 3 demonstration outside the Danish embassy in London against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] that were initially printed in a [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a case challenging federal and California laws prohibiting same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], saying that the plaintiffs must await the outcome of litigation in California state courts. In its opinion [PDF] [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors said Friday that they will retry Umer Hayat, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his son's alleged terrorism-related activities, after jury deadlock in his first trial prompted US District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. [official profile] to declare a mistrial [JURIST report]. Umer and [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton has ruled that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] will have to turn over documents essential to the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] legal defense team regarding how a secret government intelligence report on Iraq was declassified. Walton's decision [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] said Friday that Iran has a legal right to pursue its nuclear program and condemned a draft UN Security Council resolution currently being circulated [JURIST report], saying it does not have a legal basis. In comments during a summit of the [read more]

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