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Legal news from Saturday, December 1, 2007
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Two major Pakistani lawyers' groups are pressing efforts to encourage a boycott of the country's January 8 general elections, Pakistan's Post daily reported [text] Saturday. Joining ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry's call for opposition political parties to boycott the elections [JURIST report], the Supreme Court Bar [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Linda Lay, widow of former Enron chairman Ken Lay [defense website; Houston Chronicle profile], formally rejected a US government claim to his assets in court papers filed Friday. In an answer to the government's civil suit [JURIST report] against the Enron founder's estate, Linda Lay maintained her husband did [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush urged Congress in his weekly radio address [transcript; recorded audio] Saturday to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] in time to replace the temporary Protect America Act [S-1927 materials; JURIST report], set to expire February 1. That Act currently allows the US [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistani government offered to reinstate all superior court judges sacked under emergency rule except for ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] but the deposed judges rejected the proposal, according to a report in the Pakistani Nation daily Saturday. The Nation said Peshawar High Court Bar [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Peter Brownback has issued a blanket order [PDF text] protecting the identities of prosecution witnesses in the military commission trial of Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], the New York Times reported Saturday. The order, originally rendered on October 15, was contained within previously unavailable commission [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Three United Nations human rights experts joined together Friday to voice their distress over the effect planned constitutional reforms [JURIST report] in Venezuela may have on civil liberties and the rule of law in the country. Ambeyi Ligabo, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of opinion and expression; Hina Jilani, the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Seven countries on Friday committed to new efforts to protect journalists and their crews in armed conflicts following the conclusion of a meeting in Switzerland of the 194 signatories of the Geneva Conventions. The 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement [official website] focused in [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Cacheris of the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging measures [text and background materials] adopted by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors [official website] that required local police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of breaking the [read more]

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