Legal news from Friday, May 13, 2005
21:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following up a 3-sentence order [PDF] issued early last month [Seattle Post-Intelligencer report], a panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday issued a full ruling upholding the US military's power to issue emergency "stop-loss" orders to keep soldiers on active duty beyond the time set in [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday in a statement [text] that after the Senate completes deliberations next week on a highway bill he will put forward the hitherto-blocked nominations of Judges Priscilla Owen [DOJ OLP profile] and Janice Rogers Brown [DOJ OLP profile] for seats on the federal [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nine more people were killed in spreading anti-US riots across Afghanistan [BBC report] Friday despite new US assurances that American authorities would not tolerate disrepect for the Koran at Guantanamo Bay or anywhere else and Pentagon insistence that the reported desecretion of the Muslim holy book never happened at [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UK government announced Friday that it will propose new laws to combat fraudulent postal voting, a problem that arose in the recent national election [JURIST report] when fraudulently-requested postal ballots prevented some voters from voting in person and the secrecy of the balloting process was called into question. [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A leading Pakistan daily reported Friday that 40 detainees released from US detention at Guantanamo Bay have been held without charges at Rawalpindi's Adiala prison for the past eight months. Pakistani law currently allows the detention of "Indian agents" in the country for a full year before bringing them [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] As anticipated [JURIST report], Russian prosecutors Friday announced plans to bring new charges of money laundering against Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile], former CEO of second-largest Russian oil firm Yukos [corporate website], and his business partner Platon Lebedev. Khodorkovsky is currently awaiting the expected May 16 verdict [JURIST report] in [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] At least 12 people were killed Friday when thousands of people took to the streets of the eastern Uzebekistan city of Andijan to protest the highly publicized and controversial trial for extremism of 23 Muslim businessmen. Over 2,000 government prisoners were set free when militants stormed a high security [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Recently-demoted {JURIST report] Abu Ghraib commander Colonel Janis Karpinski [Wikipedia profile], formerly a reserve Brigadier General, says that she is being discriminated against and that evidence exists that top ranking officials should be held responsible for the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. In an ABC television interview [ABC News report] [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Recent UN Security Council resolutions setting up sanctions against Sudan [Resolution 1591] and referring criminal actions in Darfur to the International Criminal Court [Resolution 1593] have led to protests and heightened tensions in Darfur, according to UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hedi Annabi, briefing the UN Security Council Thursday. [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico has announced plans to oppose recent measures under the Real ID Act [PDF] signed into law Wednesday [White House press release] as part of an appropriations package making it harder for immigrants to get state IDs and drivers licenses [JURIST report] and authorizing the extension of US border [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona State Legislature [official website] voted Thursday to approve a new bill [AZ Senate factsheet] tightening immigration laws in the state for the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter the state from Mexico annually. The bill restricts benefits that immigrants can receive, and prohibits illegals from attending adult [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A subcommittee of the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce [official website] has released new documents that could implicate French and Russian officials [press release] in the scandal involving the UN Oil-for-Food [official website] program. The documents suggest that in 2002 the Iraqi intelligence service, in an attempt [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut serial killer Michael Ross [advocacy website] was executed by lethal injection early Friday morning in New England's first execution in 45 years, made possible after the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that he was competent to end his appeals [JURIST report]. Ross, convicted for raping and [read more]

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