Legal news from Monday, October 31, 2005
18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Treasury Department [official website] Financial Crimes Enforcement Network [official website] Monday released [press release] the final draft [text] of rules requiring certain insurance companies to launch anti-money laundering campaigns to frustrate efforts of terrorist groups. The rules, which also define which insurers will be subject to the [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Yigal Amir [Wikipedia profile], who was convicted of assassinating former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin [Wikipedia profile] ten years ago this November, may demand a re-trial. According to his wife in an interview on Israeli Army Radio, Amir believes that though he did try to kill Rabin, the fatal [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Three UN human rights experts who were invited [JURIST report] last Friday by the Pentagon to examine conditions at Guantanamo Bay prison [JURIST news archive] said [UN press release] Monday that they will refuse the invitation unless they are allowed to interview detainees. The Pentagon said Friday that the [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled in Kane v. Espitia that California inmate Joe Garcia Espitia isn't entitled to a new trial because he was denied virtually all access to a jail law library while representing himself in court. In an unsigned opinion [PDF text], the [read more]

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[JURIST] Reaction from Capitol Hill Monday to President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST report] of the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the US Supreme Court seat left vacant by retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor has primarily focused on one issue: Alito's judicial views on abortion. [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] At the urging of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, the Bahrain Embassy [official website] in Washington has formally demanded that the US government promptly investigate charges of torture, abuse and other inhumane tactics being used against Bahraini prisoner Juma Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Dossary. Held for months at [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The civil trial of former El Salvadoran military officer and naturalized US citizen Nicolas Carranza [CJA profile] commenced in US District Court in Memphis Monday. Carranza was vice president of defense and director of the Salvadoran Treasury police during the nations' turbulent 12-year civil war [PBS backgrounder], and stands [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] According to a recent survey from ROMIR Monitoring [website], more than half of Russians think those in positions of power, ranging from the president and parliament to government and the courts, are dishonest and corrupt. Alexander Konovalov, the president of the Institute for Strategic Assessments said the results helped [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] After what Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has called a flawed trial [HRW report], a 14-year-old boy is facing execution in Saudi Arabia after his conviction for the murder of a young child. The three-year-old victim was found dead with numerous stab wounds in a park in the eastern [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Britian's military court service announced Monday that the seven British soldiers facing court-martial over alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners will not stand trial until next year. The charges against the men relate to treatment of Iraqi prisoners being held in Basra between September 13-15, 2003. Among those that will [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lewis Libby [NYT profile], Vice President Dick Cheney's long-time chief of staff, will make his first court appearance on Thursday, after being indicted [JURIST report] Friday in the CIA leak investigation [JURIST news archive], a court official said Monday. Libby, who faces charges of obstructing justice, perjury and making [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari Monday in four cases, including one where the Court will clarify the rights of illegal immigrants [AP report] upon reentering the United States after having been deported. In Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales , the Court will decide whether the Illegal Immigration Reform [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A military tribunal began hearings Monday in the case of a US Army sergeant accused of killing two of his superior officers [JURIST report] in Iraq. The Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder; UCMJ text] will determine whether Staff Sergeant Alberto B. Martinez faces a court martial for the deaths [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Richard M. Berman will consider the constitutionality of New York City's random search of bags and packages in the city's subway system, as trial begins Monday in the case [JURIST report]. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [PDF complaint; press [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution [JURIST report] under Chapter 7 [text] of the UN Charter calling on Syria to cooperate with a UN investigation [UN background materials] into the February assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut [diocesan website] has agreed to pay $22 million to settle sexual abuse claims [JURIST news archive] against the diocese, a plaintiff's lawyer announced Monday. The settlement included 43 plaintiffs, who had accused 14 priests of sexual assault since the 1960's. Plaintiff's attorney [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for David Hicks [BBC profile; advocacy website; JURIST news archive], an Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee, say that they have photographic evidence that Hicks was tortured by American soldiers, though they have declined to identify any witnesses at this point. Hicks' father told [interview transcript] Australian television program Four [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] asked parliament Monday to establish an independent inquiry into whether any Australian companies paid bribes to Iraqi officials involved in the now defunct UN oil-for-food program [official website, JURIST news archive]. Last week, a UN report [JURIST report; PDF text] issued by [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction [official website], said that corruption continues to cost Iraq billions of dollars each year and has called for an American-Iraqi summit in the fight against corruption in Iraq, in a report to Congress [PDF text] released Sunday. Bowen said that it [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [JURIST news archive], an American citizen accused of plotting to kill President Bush, begins Monday in federal court in Virginia. Abu Ali has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to a nine-count indictment [PDF] on charges of conspiring to kill the president [JURIST [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of people gathered Sunday under the dome of the Capitol Rotunda to view the closed casket of civil rights activist Rosa Parks [TIME profile], who died of natural causes at the age of 92 last week [JURIST report]. Parks is remembered most for her December 1, 1955 act [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that President Bush will nominate Judge Samuel Alito [official profile; US News profile; SCOTUSblog review of notable opinions] of the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the US Supreme Court seat left vacant by retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Alito would be Bush's [read more]

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