Legal news from Tuesday, October 25, 2005
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] told Congress Tuesday that it supported renewal of Section 5 [DOJ backgrounder] of the Voting Rights Act [text], preventing states with a history of discriminatory voting practices from implementing any change affecting voting until the US Attorney General or the United States District [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A recent Federal Communications Commission [official website] ruling that would allow wiretapping of Internet calls [FCC press release, PDF] was challenged Tuesday by privacy and technology groups in federal appeals court in Washington. The ruling makes it easier for law enforcement officials to tap Internet phone calls by mandating [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police Tuesday clashed with relatives of political prisoners demonstrating outside the country's Interior Ministry. The protesters called for the immediate release of the detainees, mostly Islamists and suspected members of the Gamaa Islamiya [Wikipedia backgrounder] and Jihad [Wikipedia backgrounder] organizations, who were imprisoned after leading a violent campaign [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Guantanamo detainee on hunger strike [JURIST report] has asked for a motion ordering his feeding tube to be removed so that he can starve to death, his lawyers said Tuesday. Kuwaiti Fawzi al-Odah [Project Kuwaiti Freedom profile], 28, has been imprisoned without charges at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A group of former international political leaders supporting the defense of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] called Tuesday for a UN investigation into last week's kidnapping and murder of Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi [JURIST report], a lawyer representing one of Hussein's co-defendants. In a letter to UN [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NB) [official website; Wikipedia profile] introduced a package of four bills on US immigration policy [Hagel press release] Tuesday that depart from Bush administration policy. Hagel, a possible contender for the Republican nomination in the US 2008 presidential election [Wikipedia backgrounder], proposed legislation that would [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's House of Lords [official website] on Tuesday substantially amended the Blair government's controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill [text; BBC Q/A]. The bill outlawing incitement to religious hatred was originally proposed last year [JURIST report], and Prime Minister Tony Blair began pushing again for its adoption after the [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, Judge Katherine Hayden of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] ruled Monday that the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway [corporate website] could continue to operate five waste transfer stations in North Bergen NJ until at least the [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A senior UN official said Tuesday that reported election results from the October 15 referendum [JURIST report] ratifying the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] are correct. Carina Perelli, director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division [official website], called the results "accurate" and defended the standards and controls used in [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan president Pasteur Bizimungu [BBC profile] has asked that country's high court to overturn his 15-year criminal sentence [JURIST report] for inciting violence, embezzlement, and associating with criminals. On appeal, Bizimungu argues he was tried on charges different from those for which he was originally arrested and that [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Delaware Chancery Court [official website] judge on Tuesday warned that corporate directors may face US government regulation of executive pay unless they control soaring salaries and payoffs. Judge William Chandler [state court profile], who ruled [JURIST report] in August that Disney’s directors acted properly in paying $140 million [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] announced Tuesday that he plans to send his top legal advisers to address state governments' concerns about the constitutionality of that country's proposed anti-terror law [draft law text, PDF; JURIST report]. Several reservations center around a legislative provision authorizing courts to detain [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Texas court has appointed a retired district court judge to hear a motion filed by attorneys for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive], arguing that the initial judge assigned to DeLay's case, Judge Bob Perkins [official profile], should not preside over DeLay's trial on money [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian ambassador to the UN Fayssal Mekdad Tuesday angrily refuted the UN-commissioned Mehlis report [text; JURIST report], which found that the Syrian government was involved in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Speaking during a UN Security Council debate [JURIST video], Mekdad dismissed [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Conservative activist groups are stepping up their opposition to US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive], launching two new websites Monday and also planning radio and television advertising aimed at forcing the withdrawal of the nomination. The nomination has seemingly lost all support from base conservative groups. [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [official website] has lifted a ban on firearms in emergency housing parks built in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], officials announced Monday. FEMA spokesperson Butch Kinery said the complaints from gun-rights groups [JURIST report] that the ban violated the Second [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] has declined to reconsider a decision [PDF text; JURIST report] requiring the Federal Election Commission [official website] to write new rules implementing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 [FEC backgrounder]. The law bans congressional and presidential [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district court judge in Washington, DC has again ruled that the US Department of the Interior [official website] must disconnect computers from the Internet that have access to data related to trust accounts it administers for American Indians. Judge Royce C. Lamberth [official profile] said in the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A New Hampshire commission on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] voted Monday to recommend that the state legislature not allow same-sex couples to marry, not recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, and not establish a domestic partner registry. The commission, established [SB 427 text] in 2004 "to examine all aspects of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] American shareholders of Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive] have filed a civil lawsuit against the Russian government and several Russian oil companies for allegedly conspiring to renationalize Yukos without compensating its owners, the Financial News reported [subscription required] Tuesday. The complaint, filed in a Washington, [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled Monday that federal prosecutors can use a confession made by Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a US citizen charged [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] with conspiracy to assassinate the president, conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy, providing material support to al Qaeda and various other [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A United Nations [official website] human rights investigator declared "massive human rights violations at all levels" in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] Monday. Titinga Frederic Pacere [UN press release] attacked the nation's justice system, describing the prison system as "deplorable and inhumane" and the justice system [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Juan Guzman [BBC profile], the retired [JURIST report] judge who led efforts to try former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on human rights charges, told AP Monday that he doubts the dictator will ever be brought to justice. Last week, a court ruled that [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin [official website; Wikipedia profile] has requested that a portion of the $60 billion in disaster relief approved by Congress following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] be redirected to fund the city's court system, jail operations and other critical city functions. Nagin said the city [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The White House has proposed absolving CIA agents working abroad from proposed legislation barring "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" of detainees, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The exemption introduced by Vice President Dick Cheney and CIA Director Porter Goss, would apply to counter-terrorism operations conducted abroad and [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Despite last week's murder of a defense lawyer [JURIST report] involved in the proceedings, Baghdad is still a safe place to hold the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his seven co-defendants, President Bush said Monday in an interview [transcript] with Al-Arabiya television. Bush dismissed calls for [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney was the first person to discuss Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive] with his Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [official profile], lawyers involved in the leak investigation said Monday according to the New York Times. The revelation seems to be inconsistent with Libby's [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] British Member of Parliament George Galloway [BBC profile] Tuesday rejected fresh accusations from US congressional investigators that he profited from the now defunct UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive] in Iraq. The new report [PDF] from the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations [official website] will be [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] At least 21 detainees have been killed while being held in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, many during or after interrogations, according to an ACLU analysis [text; press release] of Defense Department data released Monday. According to autopsy reports, at least eight of the 21 homicides resulted from [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks [TIME profile], known as the "mother of the civil rights movement," died Monday evening at her home in Detroit. She was 92. Parks was best known for her arrest after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that final results of the October 15 Iraqi referendum announced in Baghdad Tuesday show that the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] has been approved.7:49 AM ET - According to officials, two provinces voted "no", but in the closest third province, Nineveh, 44% of voters [read more]

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