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20:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Spc. James P. Barker, who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] Wednesday for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in the Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya") area in March, was sentenced Thursday to no more than 90 years in [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] John Altenburg [official profile, PDF], appointed [DOD press release, PDF] in 2003 by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to oversee the military commissions [official website; JURIST news archive] trying terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], has resigned his post as Appointing Authority [official materials] and returned to [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani [Wikipedia profile] announced on Al-Iraqiya state television [official website] Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Harith al-Dhari [Aljazeera profile], the most prominent leader of Iraq's Sunni minority, and head of the powerful Association of Muslim Scholars [association website, in Arabic; GlobalSecurity [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba [campaign website, in French; Wikipedia profile] said Thursday that he plans to use legal means to challenge the results from last month's run-off election [JURIST report] after officials announced Wednesday that he lost the presidency to Joseph Kabila [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK independent anti-terror law reviewer Lord Carlile [party profile] warned British lawmakers Thursday against "rushing" to extend the country's 28-day limit [JURIST report] on police detentions of terror suspects without charge. London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair [official profile] suggested an extension [JURIST report] of the limit in [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Rwandan military court Thursday convicted a Roman Catholic Rwandan priest of genocide for rape and assisting the Hutu [Wikipedia backgrounder] massacre of Tutsis [Wikipedia backgrounder] during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder]. Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, who was sentenced to life in prison, has lived in exile [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] has submitted to the UN Security Council [official website] a proposal [JURIST report] on establishing an international tribunal to try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], a spokesman for Annan said Thursday. Annan [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Labor [official website] announced a settlement agreement [press release] Thursday with former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile], concluding the DOL's civil suit against him. The agreement provides that Skilling "will drop his opposition to a previous $85 million [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] has held in two separate cases that a "holder of a temporary protection visa is not entitled to further protection in Australia if they are no longer in danger in the country from which they fled" and that the person may not [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Senior Thai security officials suggested Thursday that Thailand's Council for National Security [official website, in Thai] may lift martial law [JURIST report] next month after investigators wrap up a corruption probe against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive]. The announcement came two days after Thai Prime Minister [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has handed over only 90 percent of the necessary documentation to comply with a 2004 European Union antitrust ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] and may face added fines [EU press release] unless the company complies by November 23, European Union regulators said Wednesday. [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Khalil al-Dulaimi, chief defense counsel for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Wednesday that the Iraqi High Tribunal is obstructing his efforts to appeal Hussein's death sentence [JURIST report] for crimes against humanity committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail [BBC trial timeline; JURIST news archive]. Dulaimi reiterated complaints [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive], outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has introduced a new bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Oversight and Resource Enhancement Act of 2006 [PDF text], that would authorize domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] of suspected terrorists. Specter's [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Hewlett-Packard [corporate website] chairwoman Patricia Dunn [Forbes profile] pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four felony charges [felony complaint, PDF; JURIST report] stemming from her role in the corporate spying scandal [JURIST news archive]. Dunn is one of five people charged in the case involving company investigators using "pretexting" [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] Thursday found Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] guilty of assisting the men who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] on the US. The appeals court overturned a lower court decision acquitting Motassadeq, avoiding [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President George Bush on Wednesday renominated [WH list] six candidates for federal appeals court judgeships, at least four of whom Democrats have already rejected [JURIST report]. Senate rules [text] require nominations to be resubmitted after a recess longer than 30 days, and the judicial nominations [JURIST news archive] [read more]

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