Legal news from Saturday, July 23, 2005
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] London's Metropolitan Police Service announced in a statement [text] Saturday that a man originally said to be a suicide bomber shot dead by plainclothes police at point blank range [JURIST report] at the Stockwell Tube station in London Friday was not connected with any of the London bombings and [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani officials said Saturday that they will use their enhanced Anti-Terrorism Act to try over 100 members of militant Islamic factions detained in the Punjab province this weekend. The crackdown comes shortly after the revelation that the bombers implicated in the July 7 attacks in London [JURIST report] were [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN officials have released a revised version of plans to reform the 60-year old organization and its mandate, articulating for the first time a definition of terrorism ("the targeting and deliberate killing of civilians and noncombatants") to ground a new anti-terror convention and authorizing the UN Security Council [official [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian judiciary [official website, English version] released a report Saturday detailing what it called widespread instances of human rights violations, from solitary confinement to physically coerced confessions. A law passed last year banning torture is frequently ignored, according to the report, confirming criticisms of Iranian prisons by watchdog [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] California's Third District Court of Appeal [official website] ruled late Friday that Proposition 80 [PDF], a ballot initiative that would expand the power of the California Public Utilities Commission [official website], violated the state constitution and struck it from the November ballot. Because Article 12 {text] of the California [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Royal Nepalese Army [official website] official said Saturday that six Nepalese soldiers who were part of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo [BBC country profile] have been convicted of sexual abuse. The United Nations last year implemented new measures to reduce such situations [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Defense [official website] lawyers have refused to comply with a federal judge's order to release pictures and videotapes [JURIST report] documenting the abuse of Abu Ghraib prisoners, alleging release "could result in harm to individuals." Judge Alvin Hellerstein had ordered the information be released as part [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) [official website] called on the White House Friday to release the complete file of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST report] during the time he served in two Republican administrations. Democrats are seeking the documents in part to learn of Roberts' role during the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website] has violated the 1974 Privacy Act [text] by collecting personal information on nearly 250,000 people without their knowledge, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] report [PDF] released Friday. Congressional investigators said the TSA was testing a program called Secure [read more]

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