Legal news from Saturday, November 20, 2004
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a story reported earlier this afternoon in JURIST's Paper Chase, an apparent bipartisan deal to pass intelligence reform legislation based on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission collapsed on the House floor at the last minute late Saturday as Republicans blocked its passage, prompting sharp criticism from [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following a statement last week by Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahearn that same-sex couples deserved "better rights" (reported here in JURIST's Paper Chase), Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell said Saturday that Ireland should pursue civil partnerships for unwed couples, both heterosexual and homosexual, but should not institute a full [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga announced Saturday that the government would create a special security force to protect the nation's judges and judicial personnel and would reinstate capital punishment. The announcement came at the end of an emergency session of ministers following Friday's assassination of High Court judge Sarath [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Congressional lawmakers announced Saturday that House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on legislation that would overhaul the US intelligence structure pursuant to the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The agreement is reported to create a new post that would jointly oversee all civilian spy agencies in the US, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish court officials said Saturday that 10 al-Qaida suspects who were previously free on bail have been jailed under a detention order from Judge Baltasar Garzon (BBC profile here) who indicted them in September 2003 for their connection to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US. Garzon has [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan court Saturday sentenced Reza Khan to death for the 2001 murder of four foreign journalists. The three-judge panel also found Khan guilty of raping one of the murdered journalists before she died as well as of the murder of his wife in Pakistan. The journalists were traveling [read more]

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