Legal news from Monday, May 2, 2005
17:05 EDT

[JURIST] A report released late Monday by Italian officials on the circumstances of the March 4 shooting of Italian agent Nicola Calipari after an Iraq hostage rescue has challenged a report on the same incident produced by US military investigators. While the US report cleared US soldiers of any wrongdoing [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former UK Chief of the Defense Staff Admiral Sir Michael Boyce [Burke's Peerage profile] told the Observer newspaper in an interview [full transcript] published Monday that he was never shown the full legal advice from British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith expressing reservations about the legality of invading Iraq, and [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A landmark bill which would have allowed Kuwaiti women to vote and stand in municipal elections failed Monday in the Kuwaiti Parliament [official website in Arabic, video backgrounder in English]. Twenty-nine deputies voted in favor of the bill and 2 voted against it, but of the 60 deputies, 29 [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Gov. Jeb Bush [official website] signed the Jessica Lunsford Act [PDF text] on Monday, a bill designed to impose tougher punishment on child sex abusers. The bill was drafted in March after the body of nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford [support website] was discovered and it passed unanimously in both [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Monday ordered the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reconsider a girls' sports case. The Sixth Circuit had ruled on equal protection grounds [opinion] in Michigan High School Athletic Association v. Communities for Equity, 04-1021 [USSC docket] that it is [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky [profile] resigned Monday saying that Israel's upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip is a mistake that will spawn more Palestinian violence. Sharansky has insisted that Israeli concessions must be matched by an equal effort towards Palestinian democratic reform. Despite his [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that, as anticipated [JURIST report], Pfc. Lynndie England has pleaded guilty to charges relating to her role in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. She becomes the seventh low-level guard to plead guilty for maltreatment of Iraqi detainees at the Baghdad facilty.6:30 PM ET - KCEN-TV [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Navajo Nation [official website] president Sunday veteod a proposal that would have banned same-sex marriages on the tribal reservation. The measure setting various restrictions on marriage, including a same-sex marriage ban, was unanimously approved last month by the Tribal Council [JURIST report], which said it was seeking to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court [official website] has agreed to hear Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Insitutional Rights, 04-1152, considering whether universities may ban military recruiters from their campuses without having federal funding withdrawn under the Solomon Amendment [text]. The US Third Circuit Court of [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference [official website] opened Monday in New York, with almost 190 nations gathering to review progress under the 1970 treaty [UN backgrounder]. The conference comes as nuclear tensions with North Korea [JURIST news archive] and Iran [JURIST news archive] increased this week, with [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Guatemala will create a security unit to offer increase protection for 19 judges and six magistrates who have received death threats, according to a plan approved by the country's supreme court on Friday. The court announced the plan at the end of a week marred by violence, in which [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN peacekeepers sexually abused Liberian women, according to an initial UN investigation announced on Friday. An initial investigation into allegations showed that as many as 20 reports of abuse could be substantiated, with the allegations ranging from peacekeepers having paid for sex to sexual abuse of minors in Liberia [read more]

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