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16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba [campaign website, in French; Wikipedia profile] filed an anticipated challenge [JURIST report] to the results of last month's presidential run-off election [JURIST report] in the country's Supreme Court Saturday. Congolese military personnel and UN peacekeeping forces surrounded the [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] About 300 protesters demonstrated Saturday in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia [JURIST news archive], calling for a US retrial of Khalid Adem, a Ethiopian immigrant to the United States who earlier this month was convicted of circumcising his daughter [JURIST report] in 2001. In what was believed to [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Texas US District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. sentenced former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Michael Kopper [BBC profile] and Mark Koenig to 37- and 18-month prison terms [DOJ press release] respectively Friday for their role in the corporate scandal. The sentences for both men were reduced at the request [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Vaughn Walker [official profile] of the Northern District of California [official website] ruled Friday that he will allow a class action lawsuit [EFF case backgrounder; JURIST report] filed against the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] to go forward while a prior motion to [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Friday that it had released three detainees [press release] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] who Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD materials] had determined not to be enemy combatants [JURIST news archive]. The US Department of State [official website] said [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Vice President Dick Cheney told [transcript; recorded audio] the Federalist Society [advocacy website] annual meeting in Washington Friday that the Bush administration plans to continue nominating conservative judges to the federal courts notwithstanding new Democratic control of Congress and expectations on both sides of the aisle that more moderate [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] warned [recorded audio] the national convention of the conservative Federalist Society [advocacy website] in a speech [transcript] Friday that international law was increasingly being used as a "rhetorical weapon" against the United States and urged members of his audience to "confront...the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) [party website, in Spanish; Wikipedia backgrounder] party of Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] gained more power to rewrite the country's constitution over the objections of opposing political parties Friday when Bolivia's constitutional assembly [official website, in Spanish] approved a motion to [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly Third Committee [official website] on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs has approved a draft resolution [PDF] calling for an end to politically motivated condemnations of countries for human rights violations. The resolution, adopted Thursday, says that human rights protection should be "guided by the principles [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) [official website] has opened a full criminal investigation into former Republican congressman Mark Foley [Congressional profile] in connection with his sexually explicit computer messages to young male pages disclosed [JURIST report] earlier this year. The FDLE began preliminary investigations shortly after Foley [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch government [official website] announced after a cabinet meeting Friday that it will introduce legislation [press statement, in Dutch] to ban the Muslim full-length burqa [Wikipedia backgrounder] veil as well as other face coverings like ski masks in public places "as soon as possible" after the country votes [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A close associate of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic] told AP Friday that al-Maliki was unaware of a controversial plan by Shiite Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani [Wikipedia profile] to arrest [JURIST report] Sunni leader Harith al-Dhari [Aljazeera profile], head of the powerful Association of Muslim [read more]

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