Legal news from Tuesday, July 26, 2005
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senators approved a provision Tuesday which permits US military bases to continue holding Boy Scouts [official website] events. The 98-0 vote [roll call] was a tag-on to a larger bill outlining the Defense Department's policy for 2005. The provision was sponsored by former Boy Scout Senator Bill Frist [read more]

21:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Senate floor debate began Tuesday to discuss a proposed Gun Liability Law [text] that would prevent lawsuits against gun manufacturers, dealers and trade associations when crimes or accidents involving firearms occur. Republican Senator Jeff Sessions [official website] said the legislation would stop "unjust lawsuits" intended to "drive gun [read more]

21:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST report] wrote an opinion [PDF] Tuesday, dismissing a class-action suit brought by firefighters and federal law enforcement officers who sought increased disability benefits upon retirement. The retirees were hoping to gain higher benefits before meeting the threshold requirements of reaching the retirement [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican court Tuesday refused to issue a warrant for the arrest of former Mexican president Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile] for his alleged involvement in the 1971 "Corpus Christi massacre," leading to the deaths of nearly a dozen student protesters. The current president of Mexico, Vicente Fox [BBC profile], [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A US immigration judge has denied a request to set bail and free former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile], who is wanted in Venezuela [JURIST report] for his involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban plane. Posada is currently being held for illegally entering the US [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Republican senators Tuesday urged Democrats to commit to a timeframe for US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' confirmation vote, voicing their preference to have him sworn in as a justice prior to the court reconvening on October 3. Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, President Bush's nominee to head the SEC, Rep. Christopher Cox [congressional profile], told the Senate Banking Committee [official website] Tuesday that he would vigorously enforce securities laws. Cox also pledged to enforce the controversial Financial Accounting Standards Board [official website] (FASB) rule [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, the ACLU filed a lawsuit [ACLU news] today against North Carolina asking the court to rule that a "holy scripture" suitable for oath administration includes the religious texts of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and other non-Christian faiths as well as the Christian Bible. Last month, two [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A witness testified at a military Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] Tuesday that dogs handled by two American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archives] bit and injured two Iraqi detainees. Pvt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick II, who in November was convicted of abusing Abu Ghraib detainees [JURIST [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Tuesday sentenced a man to a four year jail term for his role in the 2004 Jakarta suicide car bombing [BBC report, JURIST report] outside the Australian embassy. Agus Ahmad is the second man convicted by the South Jakarta district court for taking part in the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Tuesday unanimously adopted a resoluton to closely scrutinize and keep track of all countries and rebel organizations that abuse children in any way or recruit children as soldiers [UN press release]. Resolution 1612 allows the UN to monitor the governments and rebel organizations [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced a proposal [press release; PDF proposal text] Tuesday that would require all customers making money transfers within the EU to register their name, address, and account number with the bank in an effort to stop the funding of terrorism. The information would be [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two Republican senators proposed legislation Monday dealing with the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive]. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website] introduced an amendment to a pending defense bill that would officially authorize the government to hold prisoners at Guantanamo. Graham expressed concern about federal courts [Washington [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] British politicians on Tuesday questioned a proposal that would allow the government to hold terrorism suspects for up to three months without charge [JURIST report]. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) [official website] has asked that the period be extended [press release] from the current maximum of 14 [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge for the District of Nebraska Laurie Smith Camp [official profile] ruled Monday that Union Pacific Railroad [official website] discriminated against women by covering a range of preventive drugs, but not contraception, in its health care plan. Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] supported the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A draft chapter of the new Iraq constitution obtained by the Associated Press has raised concerns similar to those raised [JURIST report] last week after another leaked draft obtained by the New York Times story prompted questions about the future of women's rights in the country. Both drafts make [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, chairman of the anti-graft commission in Nepal [JURIST news archive], ex-prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] and former public works minister Prakash Man Singh have been sentenced to two years in jail and fined $1.26 million each for their roles in a scandal [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush adminstration said Monday that it will release documents related to Judge John Roberts [JURIST report] and his time in the White House counsel office and earlier position at the Attorney General's office, but not documents from his tenure as principal deputy solicitor general. The release fulfills a [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official website] vetoed a bill on Monday that would have expanded access to emergency contraceptives [full text]. The move was symbolic since the bill passed the Massachusetts House and Senate with enough votes to override [AP report] a veto, leading some political observers to call [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official website] released a title and summary for the proposed California Marriage Amendment [text] Monday, opening the door for supporters of the document to begin gathering the hundreds of thousands of signatures needed to include the measure on the June 2006 ballot. Lockyer's analysis [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Muslim extremist Mohammed Bouyeri [Wikipedia profile], who confessed to the November 2004 murder [JURIST report] of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh [Wikipedia profile], was sentenced to life in prison, the harshest possible sentence, on Tuesday in Amsterdam. Bouyeri said he killed Van Gough in response to his film, "Submission" [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Japan, Brazil, Germany and India, known collectively as the G-4 nations, and the African Union reached an agreement Monday to present a single resolution for the UN Security Council expansion [JURIST report]. According to Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura [official profile] the G-4 nations will support the African Union [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) [official website], speaking [PDF text] before the conservative Heritage Foundation [advocacy website] on Monday, called for a "comprehensive law" to punish those who leak sensitive government information. Hoekstra said that the committee will hold hearings later [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A video released Monday obtained by AP shows the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive] questioning former officials of Saddam Hussein's regime, including Ali Hassan al-Majid [Wikipedia profile], known as "Chemical Ali" for his alleged role in gassing the Kurdish village of Halabja, about the killing of Shiites, Kurds, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the Arab League [official website] on Monday endorsed a definition of terrorism slated for inclusion in a long-stalled UN treaty [JURIST report] that many Arab states oppose. The proposal would define terrorism as "the targeting and deliberate killing of civilians and noncombatants" [JURIST report] though this [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] With the Senate stalled on a vote [JURIST report] for the controversial nomination of John Bolton [JURIST report] as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, President Bush may install him via recess appointment [CRS backgrounder, PDF] before the end of the week. The appointment would allow Bolton to [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to a statement made by his defense team Monday, Saddam Hussein has requested a meeting with former US attorney general Ramsey Clark [Wikipedia profile]. The request, not yet answered by the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive], expresses concern that Saddam does not have full access to his [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Lieutenant Colonel Richard Anderson sentenced National Guard soldier Dustin Berg to 18 months in prison late Monday after he pleaded guilty to negligent homicide [JURIST report] in the deadly shooting of an Iraqi police officer. Berg initially said the Iraqi police officer had pointed an gun [read more]

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