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17:11 EDT

[JURIST] US senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) [official websites] said Friday that they would support the nomination of Michael Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] as US attorney general, according to preliminary reports. Their endorsements in combination with those of GOP colleagues would likely give Mukasey the [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] and other senior administration officials must testify about whether they shared classified national defense information with two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [advocacy website] lobbyists, a federal judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, indicted [PDF text; [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Friday asked the US Supreme Court to review a decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York vacating an FCC determination [FCC order] that Fox Television broadcasts violated the FCC's indecency and [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] expressed concern Friday over continuing human rights violations in Algeria. In its 2007 report [PDF text, in French; press release] on the North African country, the Committee flagged massacres, torture, rape and disappearances, as well as religious and political oppression. It concluded [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] at The Hague announced [press release, PDF] Friday that hearings in a case involving France and Djibouti will begin January 21, 2008. The dispute [ICJ case archive] between the two countries is over whether a French judge has the authority to [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Friday urged governments worldwide not to transfer genocide suspects to Rwanda [press release] until fair trials there can be guaranteed. The human rights group is concerned about the Rwandan justice system's fairness and impartiality with respect to international standards of justice. The director of the group's Africa [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] judge presiding over the case challenging the legality of President Pervez Musharraf's re-election bid said Friday that the court will move ahead with hearings and will likely issue a verdict by November 6. Although Judge Javed Iqbal has previously said that hearings [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] said Friday that he will not support the nomination of Michael Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] as US attorney general, citing Mukasey's continuing reluctance to unequivocally denounce waterboarding [JURIST news archive] as torture. Mukasey must receive ten votes [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Chad Supreme Court ruled Friday that a group of European citizens connected to the attempt by French charity Zoe's Arc [advocacy website, in French] to fly 103 children believed to be orphans [ZA backgrounder, in French] from the embattled Darfur region of Sudan [JURIST news archives] to France [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Thursday on whether a 2003 Virginia law banning so-called partial-birth abortions is constitutional. In a 2-1 split in 2005, a panel of judges on the same court ruled the law unconstitutional [opinion, PDF; JURIST [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] Friday called on Libya to end the use of torture [UN materials, PDF] and to investigate torture allegations by five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who had been detained in Libya for eight years on suspicions that they deliberately infected hundreds [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's ruling Conservative Party [party website] government said Thursday that it will not ask Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to commute the death sentence of a Canadian-born man on death row in Montana [CCADP backgrounder]. The announcement marks a sharp departure in Canadian foreign policy; the Canadian government has traditionally [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed an amended complaint [press release] challenging the constitutionality of the Real ID Act [PDF text] in response to actions taken by US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff last month. Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club [advocacy websites] argued that Chertoff violated the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] plans to amend the Pakistan Army Act to include a provision enabling the army to court-martial civilians for certain offenses, Pakistan Attorney General Malik Qayyum said Friday. The offenses that could subject civilians to court-martial trials include abduction, use of arms and [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The military junta in Myanmar has released an additional 46 people detained during the recent government crackdown [JURIST report] on opponents of the military junta, officials said Friday, after releasing 87 other demonstrators [JURIST report] last week. Six other dissidents were released [JURIST report] on Tuesday. Most of the [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal [official website] has denied former Australian Guantanamo detainee Mamdouh Habib [BBC profile] a request to regain his passport, Habib's lawyer said Friday, citing his likelihood "to engage in conduct that might prejudice the security of Australia or of a foreign country" if Habib were [read more]

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