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Legal news from Friday, May 19, 2006
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of right-wing anti-government paramilitaries in Colombia said Friday that Thursday's decision by the country's Constitutional Court [official backgrounder] throwing out a part of last year’s controversial Justice and Peace Law [JURIST report] giving lesser punishments to paramilitary leaders who voluntarily disarm would disrupt the peace process in the [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The White House Friday responded to a report [PDF text; JURIST report] by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] calling on the US to shut down its Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility by reinterating President Bush's statement [JURIST report] that he hopes to close it [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] arrested opposition leader Arthur Mutambara [BBC backgrounder] and 70 supporters on Friday for allegedly campaigning for a Saturday byelection in violation of Zimbabwe’s Public Order and Security Act [text], which makes it illegal to hold a political meeting of any size without written [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website] has postponed until at least October debate on a controversial bill [National Assembly background's] sponsored by the opposition Socialist Party [political party website; bill backgrounder, in French] that would make it a crime to deny that the 1915 mass killings of Armenians [ATI [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Somali MPs on Friday asked Prime Minister Ali Gedi [BBC profile] to expel several warlords from the Somali cabinet after 150 people were killed in Mogadishu last week during fighting between Islamic factions and the warlord militias. The MPs say the warlords, including the Ministers of the Departments of [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 [PDF text], which would increase the maximum FCC indecency [JURIST news archive] fines per station by a multiple of ten, from $32,500 to $325,000 per violation. The bill was discharged by unanimous consent from the Senate [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court-martial sitting at a military base outside Khabarovsk in the far east of the country has sentenced Sergeant Dmitry Nagaitsev to five years in prison after he was convicted of abusing his rank and degradation for beating a private at an eastern Russian military base. Private Yevgeny [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile; JURIST news archive] Friday wrapped up her first visit to Cambodia by saying [statement text] that the country must develop an independent judiciary and allow NGOs to operate effectively in order to protect the human rights of Cambodian citizens. [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California [official website] Thursday released a grand jury indictment [text, PDF; press release, PDF] of leading US class-action law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman [law firm website] and partners David J. Bershad and Steven G. Schulman for allegedly paying [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] said Friday in a report [PDF] on its annual review [JURIST report] of US compliance with the Convention Against Torture [text] that the United States should shut down its prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Four detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] attempted to commit suicide on Thursday, and several other prisoners attacked US soldiers who tried to intervene, according to a US military spokesman. Three of the detainees ingested a large amount of prescription drugs they had stockpiled, and were treated with [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Patricia Williams of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington [official website] on Thursday rejected a $45.7 million settlement agreement [JURIST report] offered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane [diocesan website] to 75 clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] complainants in February. William ruled [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Fifteen Saudi detainees who were being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday. The US transferred the detainees to Saudi custody [DOD press release] after the transfers were approved by a Guantanamo Administrative Review Board [DOD backgrounder]. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday approved two controversial amendments to the immigration reform bill [JURIST news archive] on the status of English in the United States. The first amendment, proposed by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) [official website] and passed 63-34 [roll call], would make English the national [read more]

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