Legal news from Friday, May 6, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema Friday set January 9, 2006, as the date for jury selection in the penalty phase of Zacarias Moussaoui's trial on charges relating to the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington. Opening statements will begin approximately a month later, on February [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Real ID Act [PDF], which would set guidelines for state identification cards must follow and would require the presentation of four forms of ID to obtain a driver's license, awaits a vote in the Senate after passing the US House of Representatives [official website] Thursday as part of [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Efforts by delegates from 188 countries attending the UN's 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference [official website] to agree on a final agenda were foiled Friday by Egypt's last-minute call for the meeting to include a review of how well nuclear powers have met commitments set in 2000 to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Japan threatened Friday to leave the International Whaling Commission [official website] to form a pro-whaling commission by 2006 if the 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling is not lifted and the IWC fails to establish a new whaling management system that would set quotas for whaling countries. Commercial whaling has [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Robert Parton, who resigned last month [JURIST report] as senior investigative counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] into the defunct UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website], has handed over potentially incriminating documents to a US congressional committee. The handover, made public Thursday, triggered outrage from inquiry head and [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that FCC regulations prohibiting the manufacture of video and computer hardware without broadcast flag [MPAA FAQ] anti-piracy technology are invalid. The court said:The broadcast flag regulations exceed the agency's delegated authority under the statute. [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish judge has charged 11 additional suspects with participating in the Madrid commuter train bombings that in March 2004 killed 191 and injured 1,900, bringing the total charged up to 101 people. Included in Thursday's indictment is Driss Chebli, a Moroccan citizen currently being tried in Spain for [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A poll [IRI Powerpoint presentation] of 2700 Iraqis released Friday reports that three out of four citizens believe that Islam should be a primary source of Iraqi law and legislation, with only two percent of respondents believing that religion should have no role in government. The poll was conducted [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Despite a low 61% turnout [Liverpool Daily Post report] and an undisputed third-term victory [latest BBC results] for Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour Party [party website] in Thursday's UK election, officials from the UK Electoral Commission [official website] Friday warned of voting irregularities and called for implementing [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush and visiting Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo [official website] discussed how indicted ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor might be brought to trial during a meeting Thursday at the White House. Taylor, now in exile in Nigeria, has been charged by the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] with [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese political leaders and rights activists Friday condemned the bringing of corruption charges [JURIST report] against former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, with the head of Nepal's Informal Sector Service Center [advocacy website] calling the royal anti-graft commission a "kangaroo court." The commission, whose members are appointed by the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Kofi Annan [official profile] said in a report [PDF text] released Thursday that an increase in allegations of sexual abuse against UN peacekeepers and related staff is "deeply troubling," but may be related to "the newly implemented measures to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army has announced [press release] that President Bush Thursday approved the demotion of Brigadier General Janis Karpinski [Wikipedia profile] to colonel, effectively ending her military career. Karpinski, the former commanding officer at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, had been previously suspended [JURIST report] and then relieved of command [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the family of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile], a 14-year-old black youngster killed after whistling at a white woman in 1955, are vehemently opposing the FBI's plan to exhume the boy's body [JURIST report]. Two suspects in the murder, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, were acquitted [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pfc. Lynndie England's lead civilian lawyer has resigned [Washington Post report]. Speaking Thursday, Richard Hernandez of Denver cited the heavy financial burden of working on the high-profile case without compensation over such a long time. Following a military's judge's dismissal of England's guilty plea [JURIST report] to seven charges [read more]

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