Legal news from Sunday, October 30, 2005
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two US soldiers have been charged [US DOD press release] with assault, conspiracy to maltreat, and dereliction of duty for allegedly punching two detainees in the chest, shoulders and stomach at a base detention site in southern Afghanistan in early July. The alleged assault did not require medical attention [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Government and Prime Minister John Howard [official website] committed Sunday to passing new anti-terror laws before Christmas after weekend meetings to discuss a revised draft [JURIST report] of a proposed anti-terror bill. Howard gave premiers until Monday to respond to the revision after the initial Friday deadline [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] In a bid to facilitate the transition of Iraq detention operations to Iraqi security forces, the US military has opened a new prison [JURIST report] near the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq. Named Fort Suse, the facility can hold more than 1,700 detainees; it received its first [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [JURIST news archive] at The Hague is this week expected to make a final ruling on a bid by accused former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] to return to political life in Kosovo pending his scheduled trial in 2007 [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court has received the first 30 appeals from Jewish families evacuated [JURIST report] from Gaza under the Israeli disengagement plan [BBC backgrounder] who are complaining about low compensation amounts and delays in payments. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel is representing the evacuees, who [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The criminal court system in New Orleans still faces an uphill battle as judges and attorneys try to piece together what is left of the 3,000 trials [JURIST report] pending before Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] swept through the city over two months ago. The courthouse basement of the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) [official website] said Sunday that the results from the country's September legislative election [JURIST report] are being delayed because of investigations into fraud complaints [JURIST report]. The final counts were originally supposed to be announced on October 19, but the slow pace [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Federal appellate judges Samuel Alito and Michael Luttig [US News profiles] are reportedly at the top of President Bush's list of possible US Supreme Court nominees to replace the withdrawn Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive] as the President reconsiders the nomination at Camp David this weekend. Republicans have said [read more]

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