Legal news from Sunday, May 22, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] One of Saddam Hussein's top aides, Ghazi Hammud al-Obeidi, was released from custody by Iraqi authorities Sunday for health reasons. Al-Obeidi, who has a terminal form of stomach cancer, was included on the US list of the top 55 Baath Party [Aljazeera special report] members wanted in connection to [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mahmoud Ezzat, secretary-general of outlawed Egyptian opposition group Muslim Brotherhood [official party website, in Arabic], was arrested by Egyptian authorities early Sunday. Egyptian police say that Ezzat, the fourth ranking member of the Brotherhood, is the highest profile member arrested since 1996. Authorities claim that the arrest is a [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] British Colonel Jorge Mendonca, the commander in charge of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment [official website] troops in Iraq, faces the possibility of court martial and jail time for his alleged involvement in the death of a detainee by forces under his command in 2003. Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury in Illinois has rejected a Muslim group’s claim that city officials violated their civil rights by blocking its 2001 plans to turn a vacant Christian church into a mosque. The Al Salam Mosque Foundation argued that the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights discriminated against the group [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano [official website] Friday vetoed a series of bills that would have prohibited illegal immigrants from receiving child care assistance, instate tuition benefits and given the state police power to enforce federal immigration laws. Supporters of the tuition bill, [HB 2030] including sponsor Tom Boone [official [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Senate [official website] approved a proposed constitutional amendment Saturday that would ban same-sex marriages [JURIST hot topic]. The measure will be presented to voters in the state's November elections, and, if passed, will amend the state constitution [text] to define marriage as a union between one man [read more]

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