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Legal news from Saturday, November 3, 2007
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [official website] defended his decision to suspend the country's constitution [JURIST report] and impose emergency rule in a nationwide radio and television address [recorded audio in Urdu; English-language paraphrase from Geo-TV] delivered late Saturday local time. Musharraf said the step had been "painful" but because [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush praised attorney general nominee Micheal Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] in his weekly radio address [text; recorded audio] on Saturday, predicting that the former federal judge would be confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. Bush specifically defended Mukasey's stance on waterboarding [JURIST news [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department officials Saturday expressed concern and skepticism about Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's decision to declare emergency rule [JURIST report] in Pakistan and suspend the country's constitution in a move largely designed to thwart an increasingly activist Pakistani judiciary. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack [official profile] said in [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian-based filmmaker accused of intending to spread propaganda will face a secret trial in Iran on November 17, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported Saturday. Mehrnoushe Solouki holds dual French and Iranian nationality and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) [university [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan state television announced Saturday that President Pervez Musharraf [official website] has appointed a new chief justice for the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] after dismissing Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] in the wake of suspending the country's constitution and declaring emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] earlier [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website] on Friday approved by 160-7 a set of proposed amendments to the country's constitution [press release, in Spanish], including reforms that would eliminate presidential term limits and augment the president's emergency powers. The proposed amendments passed a preliminary vote [JURIST report] in the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] Saturday rejected [order, PDF] a declaration of emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] issued by President Pervez Musharraf [official website] earlier in the day after paramilitary troops and police blocked off the Supreme Court building with the judges still inside. Musharraf made the declaration and suspended [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Alaska Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Parental Consent Act, a state law requiring parental consent before pregnant teens under the age of 17 can have an abortion, violates the teens' constitutional right to privacy. Writing for the majority in a 3-2 decision, Chief [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Yahoo! [corporate website] General Counsel Michael Callahan apologized to members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Friday for failing to clarify his testimony before the committee regarding Yahoo's involvement in providing information to the Chinese government about Shi Tao [JURIST report], who has been sentenced to 10 years [read more]

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