Legal news from Friday, October 14, 2005
22:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqis prepared to go the polls Saturday to cast ballots in a critical referendum [IECI factsheet, PDF] on a draft constitution [JURIST news archive] the terms of which were only finalized earlier this week [JURIST report] at the end of a high-pressure, high-stakes negotiating process urged on by the [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for detainees at the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] currently on hunger strike [JURIST report] argued Friday before US District Judge Gladys Kessler [official profile] that prisoner attorneys needed more frequent access to their clients. Julia Tarver, representing four Saudis detainees, said that [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] said Friday that it would not reconsider its decision [PDF text; JURIST report] to end a two-year ban on Canadian cattle imports. Earlier this year a group of US cattle ranchers, R-CALF [advocacy website], challenged a USDA regulation [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The chief counsel for Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has said that the US Attorney for the District of Columbia [official website] is now investigating conservative radio commentator Armstrong Williams [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. Williams was hired by the US Department of Education [official website] to promote the No [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US ambassador to the UN John Bolton [official profile] predicted on Friday that current efforts to dramatically expand the number of seats on the UN Security Council [official website] will fail. The 15-member council currently has five permanent members with veto power and ten non-permanent members. The US has [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian Chief Justice Zuhair al-Sourani resigned Thursday in protest of legislation that gives government ministers the power to appoint judges. In a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile], al-Sourani wrote that he could not continue in his post unless the law, which al-Sourani says "has torn the independence [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canada must make "significant improvements" in its efforts to meet international human rights obligations, according to a new Amnesty International Canada report [text] critical of the Canadian government for reserving the right to deport people to countries where they may be tortured. The report will be presented to the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Josip Jovic will surrender to the UN tribunal in The Hague Friday to face contempt charges in connection with publishing the name and testimony of a protected witness in 2000. Jovic and colleague Marijan Krizic were each charged with one count of contempt [JURIST report] under International Criminal Tribunal [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK's Asylum and Immigration Tribunal [official website] ruled against the deportation of a Zimbabwean man on Thursday and sharply criticized the Home Office [official website] for an "alarming" lack of interest in the conditions deportees would face back home. The tribunal ruled [PDF text] that although the man [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Anthony Scrivener [profile], a former chairman of the UK's Bar Council [group website], has been asked by Saddam Hussein's family to represent the former Iraqi dictator at his upcoming trial [JURIST news archive]. Perhaps Scrivener's most famous case was his work on the legal team representing the Guildford Four [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] proposed new regulations [EPA press release] on Thursday that could allow more pollution while power plants modernize. The proposal is aimed at the nation's 600 coal-burning power plants, which make up 55 percent of the energy generating capacity of the US. In June, [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese activist Peng Ming has been sentenced to life imprisonment for terrorist activities [Xinhua report] by Wuhan's Intermediate People's Court. The court found that Peng tried to overthrow the Communist Party by operating a terrorist training base in Myanmar, orchestrating kidnappings and murder, and publishing numerous books and articles [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan has agreed to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in its pursuit of rebel leaders from neighboring Uganda, Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Thursday. The ICC has issued arrest warrants [JURIST report] for five leaders of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC profile], and [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Industry Minister Usama Abdul Aziz Al-Najafi said Friday that he expects a 'no' vote in the upcoming referendum [IECI Fact Sheet, PDF] on the proposed Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], scheduled for Saturday. The prediction comes despite a last-minute deal [JURIST report] between Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni negotiators [read more]

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