Legal news from Monday, September 19, 2005
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Iraqi government committee Monday lodged an official request to strip former defense minister Hazem Shaalan [Wikipedia backgrounder] of immunity so that he can face charges of corruption and working for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service. The request was made by the Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification, set up to [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Ousley, former head of Britain's Commission for Racial Equality [commission website] and author of a well-known 2001 report documenting race riots in Bradford [PDF], suggested Monday that racial segregation in the UK was a serious problem and could be getting worse [BBC Radio 4 recorded audio]. Ousley urged [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], told the Senate Monday that he will vote for Judge John Roberts [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], nominated by President Bush as Chief Justice of the United States. Specter nonetheless acknowledged that Roberts had [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Election Commission [official website] Monday sued [complaint, PDF; FEC press release] pro-Republican political group Club for Growth [advocacy website] in US District Court in the District of Columbia to get the group to comply with campaign finance limits after it spent at least $21 million during [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] goes before a military court again in Fort Hood [official website] Texas Tuesday planning to fight seven charges of abusing prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. Her first trial last May ended prematurely after the presiding judge threw [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] has released a report urging the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] (SEC) to improve its oversight of the mutual funds industry. The report [abstract, text] found that though the SEC commits substantial resources [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion [PDF text] today saying that a proposal to build a gambling casino in West Warwick does not meet the state constitutional requirement that all lotteries be state run. Supporters of the casino, proposed by the Narragansett [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian judge has ruled that advertising executive Paul Coffin will not serve jail time for his part in the federal sponsorship scandal [CBC backgrounder]. Coffin was given a conditional sentence of two years to be served in the community, and must obey a 9 PM curfew, the Canadian [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors Monday began to present their case against two former leaders of the Afghanistan secret police, charging Hesamuddin Hesam and Habibullah Jalalzoy [Afghan Justice Project backgrounder] with a litany of war crimes. Both men were officers in the Khad [Wikipedia backgrounder], a group established and monitored by the [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] reported Monday that pre-trial detention conditions in South Africa "fall short of international guarantees." The report comes after a two-week trip [press release] in which group members interviewed detainees in several detention centers in the cities of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Polokwane, [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the European Parliament [official website] are busy trying to correct the problems faced by the now rejected European constitution [text]. A core group of MEPs have been charged with preparing a proposal to address and recommend corrections to the obstacles that lead to the constitution's rejection [JURIST [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Christopher Cox [Wikipedia profile], chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website], plans to put into operation a rule that would allow the government to take a stronger role as watchdog over the massive US hedge-fund industry. In his first [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Trials commenced Monday at the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] for four former Rwandan officials, including two government ministers suspected of taking part in the 1994 genocide [PBS report] that killed 800,000 people. Ex-interior minister Edouard Karemera, ex-industry and mines minister Joseph Nzirorera [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in Los Angeles said Monday that two people have been charged with fraud in the first federal case involving alleged fraudulent donation solicitations related to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] relief. Tino Lee, 44, of Burbank and Gina Liz Nicholas, 19, of Glendale California, were charged Friday with [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A hearing in the appeal of imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website] over his tax fraud conviction was delayed Monday due to confusion over who would lead his defense. The court hearing the appeal announced a postponement on Wednesday after Khodorkovsky's attorney, Genrikh Padva, failed [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that two former Tyco [JURIST news archive] executives have been sentenced to between 8 1/3 and 25 years in prison after having been found guilty of securities fraud, grand larceny and conspiracy [JURIST report] earlier this year. Former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski and former [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government on Monday announced that a nephew of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to life in prison for providing funding to the insurgency in the country. The verdict was the first against a member of the toppled leader's family. Ayman Sabawi is the son [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Justice Ministry [official website] has decided not to charge police for shootings that killed 13 Israeli Arabs during violent protests in October 2000. In closing all investigations stemming from the incident, the Police Investigations Unit on Monday said there was not enough evidence to charge the officers [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The private Commission on Federal Election Reform [commission website], a 21-member bipartisan panel headed by former US President Jimmy Carter [Wikipedia profile] and former Secretary of State James Baker [Wikipedia profile], recommended Monday that widespread changes be made to the federal electoral process to ensure fairness and accuracy. The [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Four protestors [protestor profiles] who threw blood on the walls of an army recruitment office in 2003 will face trial in a federal court in Monday on charges of damaging government property and conspiracy to impede an officer of the United States, after a New York jury deadlocked when [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] North Korea agreed Monday to abandon its nuclear weapons programs and return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text; IAEA backgrounder] as the latest round of six-party talks [US State Dept. briefing] between North Korea, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the US concluded in Beijing. According to a [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli officials announced Sunday that they will urge Britain to restrict laws which allow private war crimes suits to be filed against foreign citizens. The request was prompted by an incident last week where Doron Almog, former commander of Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, refused to disembark a [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] ordered Sunday that the Royal Commission for Corruption Control, under the control of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], explain the detention of former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] within seven days. Deuba and cabinet colleague Prakash Man Singh were [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Vatican's health department, said Sunday that Italian proposals to give legal status to unmarried couples are a threat to traditional families. A "traditional" family is held by the Vatican to be a marital union between a man and a woman. Discussion on [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN leaders at the 60th General Assembly session now underway in New York in the aftermath of the 2005 World Summit [official website] are pressing for agreement on a definition of terrorism and are calling for a broad international convention to serve as a co-ordinating framework for governmental anti-terror [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Approximately 900 detainees held in Australian Department of Immigration [official website] detention camps have caused themselves injury [JURIST news report] during the past three years, according to documents obtained by Macquarie University academic Denise Leith under Australia's Freedom of Information Act. According to the report, there have been 506 [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande told the UN General Assembly Sunday that Rwanda [JURIST news archive] is dissatisfied with United Nations reforms pushed through at the 2005 World Summit [official website; JURIST news archive] last week. The agreement [PDF text; UN summary, PDF] includes the statement that the international [read more]

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