Legal news from Wednesday, November 2, 2005
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] An advisory group created by the Scottish Consumer Council [advocacy website] has called for reforms to the country's civil law system [Scottish Executive backgrounder] that would make the system less costly and more efficient. Scotland's civil law system deals with family, property and other similar issues, but the advisory [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Lockhart v. US [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], a case in which it will decide whether the US government can use part of a person's Social Security benefits to pay overdue student loans. [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Only days after President Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] to a seat on the US Supreme Court [official website], the group of 14 senators who helped diffuse a Senate showdown over judicial nominees showed signs of splitting. Known as the "Gang of 14," the influential group [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency [official website] has held and interrogated some of its most important al Qaeda suspects at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. According to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents, the secret facility is part of a [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Syria [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday released 190 political prisoners, a move observers said was likely aimed at avoiding further confrontation with the US and UN. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC News profile] ordered the pardons, which included some members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group and more than [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups Wednesday filed a joint petition demanding that the Israeli Air Force [official website] stop causing sonic booms over Gaza, calling supersonic flights over the area “collective punishment against the civilian population” in a statement [press release]. Physicians for Human Rights-Israel [advocacy website] and [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 13 alleged members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group [CDI profile] charged with conspiracy in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] is set to begin Thursday in Brussels. The suspects, most of whom were arrested last year in Belgium, are accused of providing financial [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday refused to overturn the conviction of an aide to Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive] despite expressing doubts about the US government's handling of its case. US District Judge Kevin Duffy, in a 109-page ruling, wrote that he had serious reservations in upholding the conviction [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US military lawyer representing Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday requested an independent investigation into Hicks' allegations of abuse at the hands of prison officials. Hicks, who was apprehended in Afghanistan in December 2001, alleged that [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] urged in a report Wednesday that Canada [JURIST news archive] open an investigation into allegations that its law enforcement agencies cooperated in the torture of several Canadian citizens detained in Middle Eastern countries. UN rights experts said they were "concerned" about reports [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Arab nations are quietly pressing Syria to fully cooperate with the international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] following Syria's criticism [JURIST report] Tuesday of a UN resolution [text; JURIST report] ordering Syria to cooperate and opening the door for sanctions [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Libya will abolish capital punishment in a step towards commuting the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor [BBC report] according to Asharq Al-Awsat, a London-based paper citing Arab diplomats close to the Libyan government. The nurses and doctor were sentenced by a Libyan court to death [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Democrats are calling for confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] to be held in 2006. According to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website], ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, "There's no way you can do an honest hearing by [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] American lawyer Joshua Colangelo-Bryan [attorney profile], who is currently representing six Bahraini men being held without charges at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], said Tuesday that prisoners at the US facility are becoming increasingly desperate. Colangelo-Bryan witnessed a suicide attempt [JURIST report] at Guantanamo two weeks ago when his [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Outlining a $7.1 million plan to prepare for a possible bird flu epidemic [White House fact sheet], President Bush has asked Congress to devise a plan to provide liability protection for vaccine manufacturers. In his speech [text] Tuesday, Bush said that extending liability protection was key to encouraging vaccine [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] won a narrow victory in the House of Commons Wednesday as his government warded off an amendment to its proposed counter-terrorism legislation [draft, PDF] by one vote. The government defeated a proposal to add the element of "intent" to the new crime [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal appeals court has agreed to rehear the appeal of five accused Cuban spies [advocacy website], convicted of serving as unregistered agents of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit espionage. The decision to rehear the case comes after an August decision by a three-judge panel of [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] New Japanese Minister of Justice Seiken Sugiura [official profile] on Tuesday had to retreat from a statement he made earlier in the day indicating that he would not sign execution orders. Sugiura initially said that he would not sign execution orders due to his opposition to the death penalty, [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Pentagon official confirmed Tuesday that Omar al-Farouq, formerly one of Osama bin Laden's top aides until his capture in 2002, escaped from a US-run detention facility in Afghanistan in July with three other prisoners. His escape means he will not testify against Sgt. Alan J. Driver, the soldier [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A new set of standards for handling detainees suspected of terrorism under US Department of Defense Directive 2310.1 [text] has sparked internal debate within the Bush administration. The standards currently under development use language from the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] to prohibit "cruel," "humiliating" and "degrading" treatment of terror [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's proposed anti-terrorism laws [JURIST report; initial draft, PDF] were backed Wednesday by four of the country's state and territory leaders, ensuring that Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] has enough support to introduce the proposals to the federal Parliament. The premiers of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of four former makers of lead paint and pigment, Millennium Holdings, Sherwin-Williams, Atlantic Richfield , and NL Industries [corporate websites], began in Rhode Island Tuesday. State lawyers have alleged that the four companies are responsible for a paint product that contaminated hundreds of thousands of homes and [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] said Wednesday that he has received specific intelligence of a terrorist attack on the country, and urged lawmakers to strengthen the powers of Australian intelligence agencies. The news prompted Howard to hurriedly introduce [press conference transcript] an amendment [PDF text] to current [read more]

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