Legal news from Friday, February 11, 2005
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] British Army Corporal Daniel Kenyon denied all allegations of his involvement in the abuse and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners during testimony at a court martial at a British military base in Germany Friday. Overwhelmed with emotion, Kenyon told the panel, "I'm telling you that there's just no way, [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A lawsuit seeking the release of over 500 unnamed terror suspects detained by the US government at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] has been launched by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website]. The lawsuit, which joins over 70 separate cases already pending in the US District [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that local health boards cannot ban smoking in bars and restaurants. The Court, in Entertainment Industry Coalition v. Tacoma-Pierce Co. Bd. of Health [opinion text], held that a county board's resolution, "by imposing a complete smoking ban, [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Bosnian court Friday acquitted eleven Serb policeman who had been linked to the murders of a Catholic priest and his parents during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. Tomislav Matanovic and his parents disappeared in 1995 and their corpses were found in 2001 with close-range gunshot wounds. In [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Norwegian government Friday proposed a new copyright law that will make it illegal to copy music from legally purchased CDs onto MP3 players. The proposal, meant to bring Norwegian law in line with EU rules [EU summary of intellectual property legislation], will also allow fines and a maximum [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Law Society [profession website] has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling for an independent probe into the treatment of Svetlana Bakhmina, deputy general counsel of Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic news archive]. Bakhmina was arrested in December and was allegedly subjected [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official website] is set to join Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero [Wikipedia.com profile] in Barcelona Friday at a rally for the "Yes" side in Spain's upcoming referendum on the European Constitution, slated for February 20. The 25-nation constitution [EU history of the constitution; [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps said Thursday that 2nd Lt. Ilario G. Pantano [Defend the Defenders profile] has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of two Iraqi men during a vehicle search in Iraq on April 15, 2004. Details of the charges have not been released, but [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [official website] has agreed to hear oral arguments on a request to block the court's May 17, 2004 ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health [PDF] that legalized same-sex marriage [JURIST Hot Topic news archive] in the state. The appeal, filed by The [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] An American Bar Association [profession website] report has concluded that representation of indigent defendants in the United States is in a "state of crisis." The report illustrates examples of innocent defendants pleading guilty to serious crimes, most often because of incompetent lawyers and pressure to accept guilty pleas. The [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's international brief, Nigerian President and current African Union Chairman Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile] expressed outrage Friday after a plane carrying a Nigerian advance party was diverted from the Togo capital city of Lome and denied permission to land. The Nigerian group was on its way to Lome [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers and interest groups reacted swiftly Thursday to US Senate passage [JURIST report] of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 [bill summary], Leading House Republicans hailed the Senate vote [DeLay, Sensenbrenner and Goodlatte press release] and welcomed the opportunity to take up the bill in the House next [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Citing informants in China, a South Korean group has reported that North Korea has executed 70 refugees who were captured in China and subsequently returned to North Korea. The executions are believed to be an attempt to discourage further attempts by North Koreans to leave the country. The Commission [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Reaction to Thursday's jury conviction [JURIST report] of civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart for assisting client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman to communicate with his terrorist followers has been somewhat mixed. The National Lawyers Guild [official site] to which Stewart belongs quickly condemned the verdict [NLG press release] and the message [read more]

00:02 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, Feb. 11.The US Senate and House are not in session today. Both will resume business on Monday, Feb. 14.At the EU, a recorded webcast is available at 9:15 PM local time [3:15 PM [read more]

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