Legal news from Thursday, May 5, 2005
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US government and Zacarias Moussaoui's defense team filed a joint proposal [PDF] Thursday asking Judge Leonie Brinkema to allow the penalty phase of Zacarias Moussaoui's trial to begin with jury selection on January 9, 2006, with opening statements beginning February 6, 2006. Moussaoui pleaded guilty last month [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] A Russian immigrant turned Israeli soldier was arrested in Israel for ties to neo-Nazi groups Thursday just as Israel was marking Holocaust Remambrance Day [bakgrounder] on the 60th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat. The soldier had been arrested on drug charges, but under interrogation told police he was a [read more]

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[JURIST] A new rule announced [press release] Thursday by the US Department of Agriculture has opened one third of roadless national forest land - some 58.5 million acres - for road construction, logging, and other commercial purposes in Alaska and other western states. Of the total area, 34.3 million acres [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official profile] signed a decree Thursday setting legislative elections for May 29 through June 19 under an electoral law which opposition supporters claim will favor pro-Syrian loyalists and limit Christian representation [Zaven commentary]. The law [official text in French], drafted in 2000 and applied in [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Desmond de Silva, a UK national appointed Thursday as the new chief prosecutor for the UN-affilated Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] immediately renewed a call made earlier this week [JURIST report] by his predecessor David Crane his for former President of Liberia Charles Taylor [PBS profile], now [read more]

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[JURIST] The case of Pfc. Lynndie England has gone to Fort Hood [official website] commander Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz [official profile] in the wake of Wednesday's rejection of her guilty plea [JURIST report] by court-martial judge Col. James Pohl. Metz must determine whether England should be charged again, and if [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Nepalese prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] has been charged by Nepal's new anti-corruption commission with misappropriation of state funds while in office, allegedly diverting money from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. Deuba and his government were dismissed February 1 [JURIST report] after King Gyanendra [BBC profile] [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Juan Guzman, [profile] the Chilean judge best known for indicting military strongman and former dictator General Augusto Pinochet [profile], has announced his retirement. Guzman indicted Pinochet twice, first in a case relating to the Caravan of Death [BBC backgrounder] which executed 70 political prisoners, and second in a case [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] New Ecuadorian President Alfredo Palacio [official profile, in Spanish] announced Wednesday that a referendum will be scheduled in the next six months in an effort to stabilize the country's political situation. The referendum is expected to ask voters such questions as whether or not the current presidential system should [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi [BBC profile], head of the Iran Judiciary [official website] took the unusual step Thursday of criticizing the treatment of criminal detainees by Iranian police, and compared their interrogation techniques to those employed by US soldiers at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. Shahrudi denounced [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal appeals court has denied a request by the Georgia Cobb County School Board [district website] to keep disclaimer stickers calling evolution a "theory, not a fact" on the inside of district textbooks while appealing their case [JURIST report]. Earlier this year, a federal district court ordered the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) [official website] Wednesday called on House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr. to hold hearings to probe recent allegations that the military staged interrogations at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] to deceive visiting lawmakers. Schiff’s request comes one week after former Army Sgt. Erik Saar, [read more]

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[JURIST] In a 68-44 vote, the Florida House of Representatives [official website] has passed a measure that would allow judges to reduce or eliminate alimony when a recipient ex-spouse moves in with someone else. Under current Florida law, and in most jurisdictions in the country, judges are allowed to end [read more]

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[JURIST] The Canadian House of Commons Wednesday voted to give second reading to Bill C-38 [text, in English and French], a measure to implement the Civil Marriage Act [Canadian Dept. of Justice backgrounder] and extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The bill, proposed by the ruling Liberal government, must now [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] FBI officials announced Wednesday that the body of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile] will be exhumed in upcoming weeks to determine the cause of his death and uncover evidence that could lead authorities to accomplices in his 1955 murder [PBS documentary]. In a brutal event that galvanized the country at [read more]

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[JURIST] US audits released Wednesday show that at least $100 million dollars from the Development Fund for Iraq [CPA backgrounder] are unaccounted for due to mismanagement or possible fraud. The US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction [SIGAR website] filed two audit reports pinpointing flaws in the US handling of [read more]

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[JURIST] Thierry Fagart, human rights head of the UN stabilization mission in Haiti [MINUSTAH website], has called the 10-month detention of former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune [Wikipedia profile] without an appearance before a judge illegal under the Haitian constitution [text], which mandates that prisoners be arraigned within 48 hours [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Yevgeny Adamov, former minister in charge of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) [backgrounder], was arrested Wednesday in Bern, Switzerland under a US warrant on charges of fraud and money laundering. He has been accused of diverting $9 million dollars of funds provided by the US Energy Department [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps [official website] has dropped charges against the Marine corporal responsible for shooting a wounded and unarmed Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque [JURIST report] last November in an incident caught on a dramatic videotape aired on networks across the globe. A Marine spokesman said Wednesday that [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Colorado's House Judiciary Committee [official website] have killed SB 140 [PDF text], a bill that would have allowed Colorado voters in the upcoming November election to vote on the addition of a same-sex marriage ban to the state Constitution. The measure was killed Tuesday on a 6-5 party line [read more]

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