Legal news from Friday, November 4, 2005
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury Friday cleared a US Army sergeant of all charges related to his alleged abuse of a prisoner [JURIST report] at the US-run Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. Sgt. Duane Grubb had been charged [JURIST report] with assault, maltreatment and making a false official [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Vermont Supreme Court Friday ruled [opinion] that a decision made by former state governor Howard Dean [official profile] and Vermont's secretary of state to seal 93 boxes of sensitive papers collected during his term was legal. When he left office in 2003 Dean decided to seal the papers [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Senators Friday confirmed their support for an anti-torture amendment [JURIST document] sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website] and attached to the 2006 defense spending bill by unanimously re-passing the amendment by voice vote after approving it 90-9 [JURIST report] last month. President Bush has threatened to [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US Senate subcommittee referred British MP George Galloway [BBC profile] Thursday evening to the US Department of Justice [official website] for potential prosecution because the committee said they found "probable cause" that Galloway lied to Congress regarding his role in the UN oil-for-food [official website; JURIST news archive] [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Syrian judicial committee has begun its own investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Syrian Attorney General Ghada Mourad [SANA profile], who is heading the committee, has said that Syria will coordinate with the UN and Lebanese judicial authorities who are [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official profile] has spoken out to disagree with assertions that the government's anti-terrorism bill violates human rights. The proposed anti-terrorism legislation [JURIST report; initial draft, PDF], which Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] claims will be enacted by Christmas [JURIST report], was tabled [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Republican legislators have proposed a bill to build a 2,000 mile wall at the border between US and Mexico in order to keep illegal immigrants out. The True Enforcement and Border Security Act [bill summary] also calls for thousands of new border patrol officers, immigration investigators, immigration judges, and [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Paul Volcker [UN profile], chairman of the UN Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) [official website] investigating the now-defunct UN oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive], on Friday laughed off news that the Indian government [JURIST report] was investigating a possible lawsuit against the IIC for concluding that Foreign Minister Natwar Singh [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald [official website] announced Thursday that he was narrowing the focus of his investigation into the role of senior White House advisor Karl Rove [official profile] in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. At issue now is whether Rove tried to conceal his [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] delayed a vote on a proposed torture ban on Thursday, while Democrats accused him of holding off in order to protect Vice President Dick Cheney. Democrats had planned on offering a motion with instructions to adopt the language of the McCain amendment, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two friends of jailed ex-ImClone CEO Sam Waksal have settled insider trading charges [press release] brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] by agreeing to pay $2.77 million to cover their avoided losses. Zvi Fuks and Sabina Ben-Yehuda sold their ImClone [corporate website; JURIST news archive] [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle [official website] on Thursday vetoed a ban on human cloning [PDF bill text]. Doyle promised a veto [JURIST report] in September after the bill passed in the state assembly [JURIST report] and senate. In a statement [text] Thursday, Doyle said "The real purpose of this [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] United Kingdom Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] continues to be pressed for information on the advice given by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] regarding the proposed new anti-terror laws [JURIST document] after Clarke had to apologize Thursday for telling MPs that he already had Lord Goldsmith's approval [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Thursday reinstated fair wage laws, suspended [JURIST report] after Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], which mandate that employers awarded government contracts must pay local prevailing wages to workers. Last week, after a pro-labor Republican caucus met with the administration to voice their complaints over the act's suspension, [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] Thursday denied [PDF opinion] a petition for a new hearing brought by four journalists who were held in contempt of court [JURIST report] for refusing to reveal their sources as part of a civil lawsuit. Dr. Wen [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Missouri circuit court judge ruled Thursday that the state's child abuse registry is unconstitutional because it does not allow alleged abusers a due-process hearing before being placed on the list. The registry is not available to the general public, but child care facilities and other employers can use [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [PDF opinion] Thursday to strike down a California law making it a criminal offense for individuals to knowingly make false accusations against police officers. The law, which carried a potential jail sentence of up to six months [read more]

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