Legal news from Sunday, February 6, 2005
11:02 EDT

[JURIST] More than 300 inmates were released Sunday from the US-run Abu Ghraib prison [Wikipedia article] on the outskirts of Baghdad. About 800 prisoners have now been released since the start of the year, and almost 4000 since August, when Iraq's Human Rights Ministry joined an American-run review board to [read more]

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[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] said Saturday that the city will appeal Friday's state court ruling [JURIST report; PDF text] that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the state constitution. Bloomberg had previously made conflicting statements about the issue. He said city lawyers had [read more]

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[JURIST] A Cook County (Chicago) judge has ruled that a couple may file a wrongful death suit against the fertility clinic that accidently discarded their embryos. Judge Jeffrey Lawrence held Friday that "a pre-embryo is a 'human being' ... whether or not it is implanted in its mother's womb." He [read more]

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[JURIST] New US Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice [official website], currently on an eight-day get-acquainted junket through Europe and the Middle East, said Saturday in Turkey that Russia needed to improve its track record on democracy. She told reporters: It is important that Russia make clear to the world that [read more]

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[JURIST] Martin Mubanga [Cageprisoners.com profile], one of four British nationals recently released from the US terror suspect detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says he plans to sue the British government for its role in his 3-year incarceration without charge or trial. Mubanga, who is also a Zambian citizen, claims [read more]

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[JURIST] Military prosecutors have dropped a principal charge against former US army reservist Sabrina Harman [Wikipedia profile], one of several US soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The dropped charge pertains to viewing and failing to prevent the sexual abuse of prisoners. Several other [read more]

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[JURIST] Top Shiite clerics in Iraq have called for Islam to be the sole source of legislation for the county's new constitution, set to be drafted by the members of the country's Transitional National Assembly chosen in the recent elections. The call is said to be supported by Shiite spiritual [read more]

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[JURIST] Sudan's state-run news agency Saturday quoted the country's vice-president as saying that Sudan [official government website; English version] would not extradite any Sudanese suspected of war crimes for trial in foreign courts. Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha said that such trials, possibly at the International Criminal Court [official [read more]

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[JURIST] Hundreds of thousands of French workers took to the streets Saturday to protest pending legislation that would allow for extensions of France's 35-hour workweek. The legislation, first announced in December [JURIST report] and scheduled for first reading in the National Assembly [official website] this week [legislative materials in French], [read more]

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