Legal news from Saturday, October 22, 2005
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] White House US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive] supported affirmative action programs during her tenure as the president of the State Bar of Texas, according to a report in the Washington Post Saturday. The Post cited an interview [PDF text] Miers gave in June 1992 to [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [official website] said Saturday that Sudan has arrested and mistreated a human rights lawyer documenting the killing of 30 people in refugee camps outside of Khartoum last May. Amnesty considers the lawyer to be a prisoner of conscience, “detained solely for his work in defense of human [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A committee of three prominent South African judges published a report [PDF text] Friday calling for voluntary diversity training and the founding of a national body to hear disputes over allegations of racism within the South African judicial system. The committee was formed last April in response to allegations [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A private bill introduced by former Blair cabinet minister Clare Short [official profile] that would have given British lawmakers veto power over the Prime Minister's prerogative to declare war failed to progress Friday after the House of Commons could not muster the 100 votes required for it to progress. [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney for the Southern District of New York [official website] Michael Garcia has charged and arrested Houston oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt [NYT profile] for his involvement in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Garcia also charged two Swiss bank executives as well as several corporations controlled by [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Hussein Ali Kamal said Saturday that the Iraqi government will step up security measures for the 12 remaining defense lawyers representing Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his seven co-defendants. The announcement comes two days after Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi, a defense lawyer for co-defendant Awad [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The son of slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri [official website], Saad al-Hariri, has praised the findings of a UN investigation into the February 4 assassination of the former leader and 20 other people in Beirut [JURIST news archive] and called for an international trial to punish those [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller [NYT profile] sent an e-mail [text] to staff members Friday, expressing regrets about his handling of Times reporter Judith Miller [JURIST archive] and her role in the CIA operative leak case [JURIST news archive]. Keller said he missed "warning signals" about Miller's [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush announced [White House press release] his nomination of Paul J. McNulty [official profile] to serve as US Deputy Attorney General Friday. McNulty has served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] since 2001, prosecuting a number of high-profile terrorism cases, including that [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] released updated voter turnout statistics for the October 15 Iraqi constitutional referendum [JURIST news archive] Friday, reporting a 63 percent turnout among the country's 15.5 million registered voters. The referendum drew a three-percent higher turnout than the Sunni-boycotted parliamentary elections [read more]

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