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Legal news from Sunday, November 5, 2006
22:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi High Tribunal officials said Sunday following the handing down of death sentences [JURIST report] to Saddam Hussein and two others in the Dujail crimes against humanity case that they would file complaints against several defense lawyers for alleged misconduct. Chief prosecutor Jaafar Moussawai [JURIST news archive] told a [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and two co-defendants may not be executed until early 2007 because there is no specific time limit for the appeals process, chief investigative judge Raed Juhi said on Sunday after death sentences were handed down [JURIST report] by the Iraqi High Tribunal in the [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The chairman of Britain's Commission for Racial Equality [official website] says that he plans to investigate possible racial biases in the nation's crime-fighting DNA database [POST backgrounder] in the wake of reports that according to initial Home Office [official website] figures, 77 percent of the UK's black men ages [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Arroyo [official website] will move forward with plans for constitutional change despite last month's ruling by the nation's Supreme Court [JURIST report] that her planned referendum on modifying the country's charter to abolish the upper house of Congress cannot proceed, according to presidential press secretary Ignacio [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] News of the guilty verdict and death sentence [JURIST report] handed down for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] Sunday has elicited mixed reactions in Iraq and abroad. About 1000 protestors marched [VOI report] in Saddam's home town of Tikrit, and gunmen clashed with police in parts of Baghdad. In [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan [official website; BBC profile] met Sunday with representatives of nearly a dozen non-governmental organizations to discuss possible reforms to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of Turkey's penal code, which criminalizes the denigration of Turkishness, the Republic, and the foundation and institutions of the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [official website, English version; BBC profile] delivered a nationally-televised address Sunday denying allegations that he and first lady Wu Shu-chen have been embezzling money from state funds and pledging to resign if his wife is found guilty on embezzlement, forgery, and perjury charges [JURIST report] [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and two co-defendants were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging [AP recorded video; extended version via YouTube] Sunday for crimes against humanity [charging instrument, PDF] committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline]. Hussein was charged [JURIST report] [read more]

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