Legal news from Wednesday, May 4, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican attorney general's office (PGR) [official website in Spanish] Wednesday dropped a land dispute case brought against Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [World Mayor profile]. Lopez Obrador [advocacy website], the popular front-runner in the country's 2006 presidential race, had been charged [JURIST report] with abuse of [read more]

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[JURIST] Colombian police arrested two American soldiers Wednesday for attempted arms smuggling, potentially to illegal far-right Colombian para-military groups. This is the second set of arrests for US military smuggling in the past month; the other involved a US Air National Guard pilot and a crewmember who had attempted to [read more]

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[JURIST] Sean Gerard Hoey, a member of the Irish Republican Army [BBC backgrounder], was charged Wednesday with the murder of 29 people in the largest terrorist bombing in the history of Northern Ireland's "troubles." The 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC archive report] also injured almost 300 others, and has remained largely [read more]

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[JURIST] A military judge at Fort Hood has rejected Pfc. Lynndie England's guilty plea in her Abu Ghraib prison scandal court-martial, torpedoing her plea agreement.2:51 PM ET - In declaring the mistrial, Col. James Pohl said statements by England about her understanding of the purpose of her activities with the [read more]

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[JURIST] AP is reporting that Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin [Wikipedia profile], previously demoted and stripped of his security clearance in the wake of August allegations that he had spied for Israel, was arrested Wednesday after turning himself in on charges of supplying classified information on Iran to lobbyists of a [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Serbian police general Sreten Lukic [ICTY case backgrounder] pleaded not guilty Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] to charges of overseeing the murder, deportation and persecution of Kosovo Albanians in 1999. Lukic, who is charged [ICTY indictment] with four counts of crimes [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] French media said Wednesday that the latest television appearance by French President Jacques Chirac [official bio] calling on voters to endorse the European constitution [official website; treaty text] was largely a success. Chirac participated in a televised town hall meeting [JURIST report] in April, but French commentators called the [read more]

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[JURIST] The ongoing tension between US and Iran over Iran's pursuit of nuclear technology is threatening to stall the 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference [official website], where representatives of more than 180 nations have gathered to review the workings of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty [UN backgrounder]. Though the month-long [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary General Kofi Annan [official profile] said Tuesday that expecting any of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council [official website] to endorse reforms that would give other nations the same veto powers they already enjoyed would be "utopian". Annan has acknowleged the need for reform [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Frank Dunham [profile], the public defender appointed to head the defense for Zacarias Moussaoui [case docket], has withdrawn from the case and will not be part of the legal team working to save Moussaoui from a death sentence. Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges [JURIST report] last month [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a earlier report in JURIST's Paper Chase, Judge Col. James Pohl asked Pfc. Lynndie England late Tuesday whether she wanted to consider withdrawing her guilty plea [JURIST report] after her childhood psychologist testified to her reduced mental capabilities [AP report]. Thomas Denne, England's psychologist since kindergarten, [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Acting Air Force Secretary Michael L. Dominguez [official profile], announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will investigate reported religious activities at the Colorado Springs United States Air Force Academy [official website] to determine if the climate there respects the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the US Constitution. Alleged on-campus [read more]

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