Legal news from Saturday, September 18, 2004
22:09 EDT

Following up on an earlier report today in JURIST's Paper Chase, the Louisiana ballot issue which would introduce a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages or civil unions appears to have been overwhelmingly approved. With 3,699 of 4,124 precincts reporting, 78 percent of [read more]

22:09 EDT

Iraqi kidnappers of two Americans and a Briton have given authorities 48 hours to comply with their demands to release all Muslim women detainees at Abu Ghraib and Umm Qasr prisons or risk the deaths of the hostages. The US military and the UK Ministry of Defense have stated there [read more]

21:09 EDT

Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has said in an interview to be aired tomorrow on ABC News that Saddam Hussein and 11 other members of his ousted regime will go on trial in October. Saddam is charged with crimes against humanity and he and his associates will be tried [read more]

16:09 EDT

The first of the criminal trials against former executives of Enron, the mega-sized energies, commodities, and services company which declared bankruptcy in 2001, will commence Monday. The six individuals up for trial are charged with conspiracy and wire fraud. This is the first of three scheduled criminal trials for former [read more]

16:09 EDT

The UN Security Council Saturday afternoon approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government takes steps to defuse the conflict in the Darfur region. The Sudanese government has been accused of backing Arab militias known as Janjaweed (background here) that are allegedly responsible for a death toll [read more]

15:09 EDT

The Turkish Parliament (official site in Turkish) automatically recessed Saturday as it reached the end of its session. The Parliament will not reopen until October 1, barring an emergency. The Parliament was still considering a bill to reform the Turkish penal code and bring it more in line with the [read more]

15:09 EDT

Louisiana voters decide Saturday if an amendment will be added to the state's constitution to reinforce the current state law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The Defense of Marriage Act is the only statewide issue on the ballot. State officials have expressed some concern about possible interference [read more]

15:09 EDT

The US Department of Defense today announced Saturday that a further 35 detainees had been transferred off of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Today's transfers raise the overall total of individuals transferred out of detention to 191. One of today's transferees was an individual approved for release [read more]

11:09 EDT

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution Saturday mandating a review of Iran's nuclear program, and requiring Teheran to halt all uranium enrichment activities by a November 25th deadline. The resolution is a compromise between a US demand to enlist the UN Security Council in supervision and a [read more]

11:09 EDT

In Indonesia on Saturday, police formally arrested 4 people suspected of involvement in the suicide car bombing at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on September 9th, which killed 9 people and injured 180 others. The police have not yet located the alleged masterminds of the act, who are reported to [read more]

11:09 EDT

A priest in San Mateo, California was acquitted Friday of sexual abuse charges against a teenage girl. The alleged abuse in question occurred over a decade ago, and the victim claims to have been 12 and 13 at the time of the incidents, which warrants a stiffer penalty than molestation [read more]

10:09 EDT

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote Saturday on a draft resolution dedicated to bringing peace to the Darfur region of Sudan. Over the past three weeks, Khartoum authorities and Darfur rebels have attempted to create a peace agreement, but have been unsuccessful. The draft UN resolution includes [read more]

10:09 EDT

Negotiations between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern regarding government actions in Northern Ireland came to an end Saturday without a definitive resolution. The two leaders were attempting to work out an agreement to appease Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which had requested changes to [read more]

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