Legal news from Monday, September 5, 2005
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The chief of Iran's Judiciary said Monday that Iran objected to the "insignificant and petty" indictment on which former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be tried beginning October 19. The Iraqi government confirmed Sunday [JURIST report] that Hussein and several of his lieutenants would go on trial that day [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Republican source said Monday that Senate leaders have agreed to postpone the start of the confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee and now Chief Justice nominee [JURIST report] John G. Roberts from Tuesday until at least Thursday, and perhaps to as late as Monday. No formal announcement [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A prosecutor argued at the opening of a much-anticipated [JURIST report] British court-martial [Wikipedia backgrounder] Monday that seven British paratroopers patrolling in southern Iraq in 2003 killed an Iraqi civilian and abused others after stopping a truck carrying them three weeks after hostilities had officially ended. Nadhem Abdullah was [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, opponents of a recently approved Georgia voter identification law are expected to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit this week. The bill [PDF text] calls for voters to have photo identification and was recently been approved by the US Department of Justice [JURIST report]. [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] British Prime Minister Tony Blair suggested Monday that a change may have to be made [JURIST report] to Britain's Human Rights Act [text] in order to allow the deportation of foreign Islamic extremists in the UK to home countries where they may face torture or inhumane treatment. Currently, Britain [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya will hold its first-ever national referendum November 21 when voters decide on the country's new constitution [text, PDF; JURIST report], Kenyan officials announced Monday. The draft of the new charter has divided the country [JURIST report] over issues including presidential power controls, separation of church and state, and [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Court in Australia ruled [decision text] Monday that internet music filing sharing service Kazaa [file-sharing website] violates artists' copyrights by allowing its more than 100 million users to swap pirated digital music files over the internet. While the decision did not shut down Sharman Networks [corporate website], [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin [City Mayors profile] Sunday slammed what he called "goofy laws" for slowing down federal and state response to the disaster that unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast last week and flooded the the city, displacing hundreds of thousands [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush has said he is nominating US Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. [JURIST news archive] as the next Chief Justice of the United States, succeeding the late Chief Justice Rehnquist. He announced the nomination this morning before flying back to the Gulf Coast region hit by [read more]

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