Legal news from Friday, August 12, 2005
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [Wikipedia profile] said Friday that he was astonished at the unanimity of a call by the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] for Iran to stop enrichment activities, warning Western opposition that the "very tyrannical" resolution will "cost them dearly." The IAEA resolution [read more]

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[JURIST] Mississippi Judge Marcus Gordon on Friday granted bail to former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen [JURIST news archive], who, in June, was sentenced to 60 years in prison [JURIST report] for the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. Gordon granted Killen's release on bond of $600,000 after [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] All eight Democratic members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Friday, asking him to reconsider his decision not to release documents [JURIST report] written by US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] while he was deputy Solicitor [read more]

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[JURIST] Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] has authorized the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] to make public papers it filed on August 3 challenging the Pentagon claim that images of detainee abuse must not be released [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in Zimbabwe prepared Friday to challenge government-proposed changes to the constitution [text] that will block white farmers from challenging land grabs in court and prohibit people deemed anti-government from traveling abroad. The Zimbabwean government last month published proposed constitutional reforms [JURIST report] that would allow the state to [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] NARAL Pro-Choice America [advocacy website; press release] said late Thursday that it is pulling a widely criticized television spot [JURIST report] that linked US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to anti-abortion bombers, claiming its efforts to expose Roberts' record have been "misconstrued." Senator Arlen Specter [official website] (R-PA), a [read more]

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[JURIST] Sunni Arab leaders on Friday rejected calls for a Shiite federal region to be written into the new constitution [JURIST news archive], claiming the plan would break up Iraq along strict religious and ethnic lines. Sunnis, also fearing they will be cut out of some oil revenues if the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Terrorist suspect Hilal Abdul-Razzaq Ali Al-Jedda on Friday lost a court battle in his bid to be allowed to return to the UK on the grounds that his human rights had been violated [JURIST report]. Al-Jedda, who has both Iraqi and British citizenship, had been held without charge by [read more]

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[JURIST] Former commander of the military wing of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement [party website] (SPLM) Salva Kiir Mayardit [BBC profile] was sworn in as a vice-president of Sudan [JURIST news archive] and president of the southern autonomous government Thursday. He replaces John Garang de Maboir [BBC obituary] who negotiated [read more]

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[JURIST] Bosnian Serb paramilitary commander Milan Lukic is demanding to be taken into custody by the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive], and not by Serbian authorities because he fears for his life, a Serbian newspaper reported Friday. Lukic was arrested in Buenos [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] passed a resolution [PDF; UN press release] Thursday extending the UN mission in Iraqfor another 12 months in an effort to aid the troubled country in reaching political stability. A few weeks ago, Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] sent a letter to the [read more]

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[JURIST] Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile] received a ten-minute telephone call in jail from his family Thursday, his first such contact in over two years, and will see them in person next week, his lawyer Badia Aref said. Aziz said through Aref earlier this week that [read more]

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[JURIST] The US First Circuit Court of Appeals held [PDF opinion] Thursday that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) [text], which updated the Wiretap Act [text] to include electronic communications, should be broadly interpreted to allow an e-mail provider alleged to have read correspondence in transit to customers to be [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Charles Falconer [official profile], Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair’s Labour government, said Friday in an interview [recorded audio] with BBC Radio that judges could be given explicit legislative guidance [BBC report] on how to interpret the UK's Human Rights Act in order to guarantee [read more]

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[JURIST] As anticipated Thursday in JURIST's Paper Chase, the National Archives has released a set of memos [NARA listing] written by US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] while he was a Justice Department aide in 1981. In drafting answers to potential questions for Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] could be put to death after his first trial if he is convicted for his alleged role in a 1982 Shiite massacre [NPR report] in Dujail, an anonymous official close to the trial said Thursday. In June, Hussein reportedly turned down [read more]

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