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Legal news from Monday, May 8, 2006
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] Federal judge Leonie Brinkema late Monday afternoon quickly rejected a surprise bid by September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive], officially sentenced [JURIST report] only last Thursday to life in prison, to withdraw his guilty plea [JURIST report] and obtain a new trial. In a brief Order Brinkema [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The floor of the Afghan parliament has witnessed its first outbreak of violence, with lawmakers physically and verbally assaulting a controversial female legislator who called several of the country's mujahedeen leaders criminals unfit for public office. Female colleagues of 27-year old anti-fundamentalist women's health worker Malalai Joya [advocacy website; [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] All US personnel are prohibited from using torture when interrogating terror suspects and other detainees, US Department of State legal adviser John Bellinger [official profile] told the UN Committee against Torture [official website] Monday during a second day of questioning [meeting summary] in an annual review of the United [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] has said that he lied about his involvement in the September 11 terror attacks [JURIST news archive] and has asked to withdraw his guilty plea [JURIST report]. Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] last week at the [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan President Paul Kagame [BBC profile] said Monday that he is considering granting clemency to former President Pasteur Bizimungu [BBC profile], who is serving a 15-year prison sentence [JURIST report] for inciting violence, embezzlement, and associating with criminals after he left office in 2000. Bizimungu had appealed his conviction [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Testimony ended Monday in the trial of former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profiles] as the defense team rested their case and the prosecution called only three rebuttal witnesses. Lay and Skilling are charged [indictment, PDF] with multiple counts of fraud and [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Philippines has dismissed charges against five lawmakers who were accused of taking part in a coup conspiracy [JURIST report] to overthrow the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive]. The five members of the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] had taken [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] on Monday invalidated the results of the country's April 2 parliamentary elections [BBC report], ruling that the "organization of the election by the Election Commission [official website] was unconstitutional," because the poll was held too soon after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [official [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's parliamentarians have said they may impeach Nepal's Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel, accusing him of failing to maintaining independence of the judiciary during the 15-month long autocratic rule of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], who gave up control of the government after pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A South African court on Monday acquitted former Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile] on rape charges, finding that testimony from Zuma's accuser was not credible and that her allegations were false. Zuma had denied the charges [JURIST report], as well as separate corruption charges [JURIST report], saying that [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush has nominated Gen. Michael V. Hayden [official profile as director of the Central Intelligence Agency [official website], to replace Porter Goss [official profile], who resigned [JURIST report] unexpectedly Friday. Hayden currently serves as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence [ODNI website] and several members [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court ruled [decision text] Monday that Apple Computer [corporate website] did not breach a 1991 trademark agreement [text] with Apple Corps [entertainment website], the record label owned by the Beatles and their families, when the computer company began promoting music products. The Beatles sued the computer [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, a Sudanese government official has denied reports that Sudan would accept UN peacekeepers [CBC report] in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive] as inaccurate and unfounded. Sudan [government website] has continually rejected [JURIST report] all attempts to deploy UN peacekeepers, saying that they feared Western [read more]

04:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for five Kuwaitis [JURIST report] formerly detained at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] told a Kuwait criminal court Sunday that the Kuwaiti courts lack any foundation for convicting their clients of having links with al Qaeda [JURIST news archive]. Their lawyers questioned the court’s jurisdiction over persons accused of [read more]

03:05 EDT

[JURIST] In an effort to restore his image and keep his job, Iraqi interior minister Bayan Jabor announced Sunday that a general serving in the ministry has been arrested in connection with kidnappings and death squads [JURIST report]. Seventeen others arrested with the general are facing similar accusations. Jabor said [read more]

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