Legal news from Monday, August 1, 2005
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] London police arrested two more men Monday in connection with the July 21 London bombing attempts [JURIST news archive] following raids in South London's Stockwell and Clapham areas. The men were taken into custody and detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, a [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday that the White House has no plans to respond to a request from Senate Democrats for documents produced by US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. Late Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee member Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) told reporters [JURIST report] that Democrats would [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania man jailed for 19 years was released from prison in Pittsburgh Monday after DNA evidence cleared him of rape charges. Thomas Doswell [Innocence Project case profile], an African-American, was convicted of raping a hospital worker in 1986, and sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison. Law [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Defense spokesperson Monday dismissed allegations [JURIST report] made by two former military prosecutors that the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay are "rigged" and often deprive defendants of evidence that could help prove their innocence. Defense Department spokesman Lawrence Di Rita told reporters that the DOD [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the California Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] today that a private country club must offer spousal discounts to same-sex domestic partners. The court found that the country club's policy of allowing members' spouses to golf for free while charging members' domestic partners was "impermissible marital [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] British officials are seeking the return of Hamdi Isaac, the suspected fourth bomber in the July 21 London bombing attempts [JURIST report]. Isaac, an Ethiopian who was living in the UK under the name Osman Hussain and claimed to be of Somali origin, was arrested in Rome on Friday [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Uzbekistan Monday angrily denounced a UN airlift to Romania of Uzbek refugees [JURIST report] who fled to Kyrgyzstan after a violent uprising [JURIST report] in May 2005 in the Uzbek city of Andijan. The refugees were moved amidst fears that Kyrgyzstan would forcibly return the refugees to Uzbekistan, where [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Chicago resident Osyp Firishchak, 86, was set to begin Monday on charges that he was part of a Ukrainian police unit that worked for the Nazis by transporting thousands of Jews to concentration camps. The government is also looking to strip him of US citizenship [US [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iran announced on Monday that it would resume uranium enrichment, effectively ending recent negotiations with the European Union [JURIST report]. The International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] had urged Iran to continue with the negotiation process [press release], but Iran's only concession was a two-day delay [AP report] in [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] has criticized Yemen [JURIST news archive] for not incorporating many of its 2002 recommendations [UN press release] for civil and political rights in the country. Some major concerns of the Committee were judicial independence, inequality for women, domestic violence, 'honor killings', the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A new report released today by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website; report press release] is adding to international concerns that a Colombian law intended to encourage paramilitary groups to disarm [JURIST report] is too soft and would not allow Colombia to punish the paramilitary groups that had attacked leftist [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former rebel leader John Garang [Wikipedia profile], who eventually made peace and joined the Sudanese government as a vice-president, died over the weekend in a helicopter crash, sparking riots and threatening to destabilize the region. Officials in Sudan said Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement [party website] leader Garang and 13 [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] An FBI memo obtained by Newsweek to be reported in its August 8 print edition warned three years ago that government officials could be prosecuted for planning transfers of terrorism suspects to countries that allow torture, a process called extraordinary rendition [Wikipedia backgrounder]. A senior FBI official said the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Monday took up a government challenge to a controversial morals law passed by its North-West Frontier Province [JURIST report] on the border with Afghanistan that provides for Taliban-style enforcement of Islamic law. President General Pervez Musharraf [Wikipedia profile] asked the court earlier [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia Monday announced the membership of a 10-member Truth and Friendship Commission formed to investigate the 1999 violence in East Timor [Wikipedia backgrounder] that left around 1,400 dead. Half will hail from Indonesia with the other half coming from East Timor. The two nations announced the panel [JURIST report] [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer representing the family of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder], who died in Iranian custody in July 2003 amidst allegations of torture and abuse [JURIST report], was arrested over the weekend on charges of spying. Abdolfattah Soltani was leading an effort to reopen an investigation [JURIST report] [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two former military prosecutors characterized the military tribunals at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] as "a fraud" and rigged" in e-mails written last year and just obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Major Robert Preston wrote to his superviser:I consider the insistence on pressing ahead with cases that would be [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor George Pataki [official website] said late Sunday that he will veto legislation that would permit women to purchase the "morning-after" pill [Wikipedia backgrounder] without a prescription, a decision criticized by pro-choice groups as simply an effort to build conservative support for a 2008 presidential run. A [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice released its first report on prison rape [full text] on Sunday in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 [Wikipedia backgrounder; DOJ backgrounder], but admitted that most incidents were probably never reported and their numbers ould not reliably be estimated. The report [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Bush administration official says President Bush on Monday will make a recess appointment to install controversial nominee John Bolton to be US ambassador to the UN without need for Senate confirmation, a day after Senate Democrats said Bolton "lacks credibility" [JURIST report] under the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mouwaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser, told CNN on Sunday that he expects the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive, official website] to take place prior to the scheduled October 15 vote on a new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] After US officials applied itense pressure over the weekend, Humam Hammoudi, the head of the Iraq's constitutional drafting committee [official website] agreed Monday to adhere to the original August 15 deadline to complete the draft after the committee announced Sunday [JURIST report] that it would submit a request to [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Stem cell bill sponsor Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] gave his position a "a big boost" after changing his stance and supporting Specter's plan to ease restrictions on embryonic stem cell research [Frist statement] and provide it [read more]

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