Legal news from Tuesday, October 18, 2005
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] The final results from the referendum on the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] will be postponed until Friday at the earliest due to transportation delays and audits being performed because of voting inconsistencies in some provinces, according to officials from the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] created to investigate the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme [official website; JURIST news archive] discussed their findings and recommendations [official report] with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] in testimony on Tuesday. The committee, formed in April 2004, investigated the [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean judge Tuesday asked that former president Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] be stripped of his immunity from prosecution on embezzlement charges. In his last action before joining the Chilean Supreme Court, Judge Sergio Munoz, who extensively investigated Pinochet for tax evasion and embezzlement, petitioned the [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], announced Tuesday that he plans to ask the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] for an immediate three-month adjournment in the first trial against Hussein so the defense has an opportunity to fully prepare its case. Dulaimi [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Leandro Despouy Tuesday expressed doubts about the fairness of Uzbekistan's ongoing trial of 15 alleged rebels [JURIST report] accused of precipitating the violent May uprising in the town of Andijan [JURIST news archive] that allegedly led to hundreds of [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York Times reporter Judith Miller [JURIST news archive], recently released from an 85-day prison term for contempt after refusing to testify about her sources to a grand jury investigating the Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive] leak, announced Tuesday that she would press for federal shield legislation. Speaking at [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Geoffrey Nice, the lawyer prosecuting former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY fact sheet] at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], on Tuesday voiced his concern that the trial against the deposed leader [JURIST news archive] will take another four to five years if the [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court in Northern Georgia granted a temporary injunction Tuesday against the enforcement of a Georgia law [PDF text] that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Georgia officials argued the rule, which the governor signed into law in April [JURIST [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad announced Tuesday that his country has sent its own indictment [JURIST report] against former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to the Iraqi government, charging the former dictator with atrocities allegedly committed during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. The new charges come one day before [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff promised Senators Tuesday that he would no longer allow non-Mexican immigrants who have entered the United States illegally to be released back into the US if they are apprehended. This so-called "catch and release" policy has allowed tens of thousands of non-Mexican illegal [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Though the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official site] is disappointed with Monday's denial of certiorari by the US Supreme Court in the damages aspect of its suit against the tobacco industry [JURIST news archive], US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says that the administration "continue[s] to believe very strongly [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A tax panel commissioned by President Bush endorsed on Tuesday an income tax system that would drastically simplify the way Americans file their taxes. However, the amount taxpayers pay under the proposed system would not significantly change from the current tax system. Members of the President’s Advisory Panel on [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A ten-day old California law barring the sale of violent video games to minors is being challenged by trade groups associated with the entertainment industry. The Entertainment Software Association [group website] and the Video Software Dealers Association [group website] filed suit Monday seeking to enjoin enforcement of the law. [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive] Tuesday submitted her responses [PDF text] to written questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], revealing past support for a constitutional amendment banning abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother. Responding to a 1989 [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index [corruption index; press release] released Tuesday shows more than two-thirds of the 159 countries surveyed scored less than 5 on a scale of zero to ten, indicating serious levels of corruption. The index is a survey of business people and analysts and is [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed the largest criminal tax case ever Monday against 19 defendants formerly employed by accounting firm KPMG [corporate website]. The revised indictment [PDF text] replaces an indictment [JURIST report] filed against 9 defendants in August and accuses 17 former KPMG executives, a lawyer, and an [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] presented a nine-member advisory committee [committee profiles; CA DOJ press release] Monday with the names of six potential candidates for the Supreme Court of Canada [official website]. Unlike the US system where politicians publicly question Supreme Court nominees, the Canadian candidates' names [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] complained to reporters Monday about the delay in bringing Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to trial, but denied trying to encourage the Iraqi Special Tribunal JURIST [official website; news archive] to speed up its processes. Al-Jaafari said, "Any more [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees [official website] has called on the government of Burundi to recognize more than 3,000 Rwandan refugees [JURIST report] as asylum seekers, allowing them to stay in the country. Since March, nearly 8,000 Rwandans, primarily Hutus, have fled their homes in fear of prosecution [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] has authorized the construction of the West Bank security fence [official IDF website; Wikipedia backgrounder] across Palestinian land. Last month, the Court ruled that Israel had a right to construct the barrier to protect itself from potential terrorist attacks, but urged the rerouting [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour [official profile] Monday signed legislation to let the 13 hotel-casinos destroyed by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST report] to be rebuilt 800 feet inland, despite opposition from religious conservatives. The law was approved in a special legislative session [JURIST report] where the Mississippi Legislature [official website] convened [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] resumed counting ballots Tuesday as part of an effort to recheck an unusually high number of votes [JURIST report] in this weekend's referendum on the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. The recount had been disrupted by a sandstorm, but [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive; Washington Post profile] Tuesday will turn in her responses to a Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] questionnaire devised to reveal how she might rule on cases brought before the Supreme Court. In meetings with Senators following her nomination [JURIST report] [read more]

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