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Legal news from Tuesday, May 16, 2006
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Tuesday rejected a conservative amendment to proposed immigration legislation [text] that would have required new US border security measures to be fully completed and fully operational before the government could implement a program for illegal immigrants to earn citizenship as proposed by President [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Martin Scheinin [official profile], UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, said Tuesday that US officials have been stonewalling investigations into allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency [official website] flew terrorism [JURIST news archive] suspects through Europe to countries where they could be tortured [JURIST news archive]. Scheinin [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter [official biography] and conservative members of the committee [official website] have struck a deal on Specter's proposed bill [PDF text] to clarify the legality of the National Security Agency [official website] surveillance program [JURIST news archive], according to a Wednesday report in [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] unanimously passed a resolution [text] Tuesday that accelerates planning for a United Nations [official website] peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. US President Bush last week asked the Council [press briefing transcript] to adopt the resolution, which demands that an [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] has stayed Tuesday's scheduled execution [JURIST news archive] of a gang member who tortured and killed two teenage girls [Texas AG press release]. The reason for the stay, announced in a brief order Monday, was unclear. Lawyers for Derrick Sean O'Brien [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's three major news organizations have submitted a joint report to the Australian Law Reform Commission [official website; sedition materials], the independent federal statutory agency charged with conducting official inquiries into areas for possible legal reform, slamming the late 2005 enactment [JURIST report] of the new federal sedition laws [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, South Korea's Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office [official website] confirmed that Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo [Wikipedia profile] has been indicted on charges of embezzling company funds and allegedly using secret accounts to bribe politicians. Chung was arrested [JURIST report] last month and, if convicted, faces life [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Malawi Vice President Cassim Chilumpha [official profile] has been released on bail but placed under house arrest three weeks after police arrested [JURIST report] him in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [official profile; BBC profile]. After being released Monday, Chilumpha proclaimed his [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judges from Thailand's Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, and Administrative Court [official websites] on Tuesday rejected the October 22 date set by the Election Commission [official website] for new parliamentary elections and again demanded that the Commission resign [JURIST report] after organizing last month's failed parliamentary elections [BBC report]. One [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Defense witnesses began testifying Tuesday in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], following Monday's reading of formal charges [JURIST report] against the deposed Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants for murder, torture, and the illegal arrests of 399 people in Dujail as part of a crackdown in the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali [BBC profile], who was born in Somalia, resigned her office Tuesday and announced that she will leave the Netherlands in response to the controversy surrounding her naturalization. Ali admitted lying on her 1992 asylum application during her confirmation proceedings for parliament in 2002, but [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] New York City has filed a lawsuit [press release] against 15 rogue out-of-state gun dealers in an attempt to stymie the influx of weapons into New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. The suit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian judge on Tuesday said that Nurpashi Kulayev [Wikipedia profile] participated in the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report], committing an act of terrorism, but has not yet issued a final verdict on Kulayev's guilt. Kulayev, who is the sole surviving attacker from the siege, [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Federal Communications Commission [official website] chief Michael J. Copps said Monday that the agency should investigate [statement, DOC] the access to domestic customers' phone records [USA Today report; JURIST report] allegedly granted to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] by telecommunications giants Verizon, AT&T, and BellSouth [corporate websites]. [read more]

05:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights [official website] has claimed in a new report [text] that Russia is maintaining secret prisons in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder; government website, in Russian] and is using them for kidnapping and torturing separatist Chechens in violation of European and Russian laws. The [read more]

04:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] President Bush has imposed a US travel ban on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] and his associates. In a proclamation [text] released Monday, Bush cited election fraud, corruption and human rights violations as reasons for the ban, saying that its targets are those who "undermine [read more]

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