Legal news from Wednesday, November 30, 2005
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a list of 26 "ghost detainees" [text], terror suspects that HRW alleges the US has not reported but is holding incommunicado and is possibly torturing. Many of the people on the list are suspected of involvement in past terror attacks, [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] on Wednesday bowed to pressure from back-benchers and agreed to several amendments [interview transcript] to proposed anti-terror legislation [text; JURIST report] that will soften several of its provisions. After a day of meetings with members of the Liberal Party, Attorney General Philip [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday delayed a US attempt to bring Myanmar before the council [JURIST report] over what the US described as a deteriorating political and human rights situation. US Ambassador John Bolton [official profile] sought to bring the issue before the council, but members [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official profile] on Wednesday said that the country's constitution should be amended to allow the country to increase its military for national security purposes. Koizumi said that the country could not defend itself without an armed military force trained for war. Japan [JURIST news [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Appeals of Turkey on Wednesday overturned the life sentence [JURIST report] of Metin Kaplan [BBC profile], an Islamist cleric convicted on charges [JURIST report] of plotting to fly an aircraft into the mausoleum of Turkey’s secular founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on a national day of [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Lieutenant-General Martin Dempsey said Wednesday that he thought Iraqi commanders were responsible for recent cases of detainee torture [JURIST report] by Iraqi security forces. Dempsey, who oversees the US program to train security forces in Iraq [JURIST news archive], said he believed the recent cases of abuse were [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Hollinger International Inc. [corporate website] executives Jack Boultbee and Peter Atkinson failed to appear on Wednesday at the federal court in Chicago to be arraigned on fraud charges. Both Boultbee, who is charged with eight counts of fraud, and Atkinson, who faces six counts, are Canadian citizens. Assistant [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Inge P. Johnson of the Northern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday dismissed fraud charges against former HealthSouth Corp. [corporate website] CEO, Richard Scrushy [defense website] because the charges were not specific. Johnson will allow prosecutors fifteen days to amend and refile the fraud counts, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [official website] has promised to continue a state challenge to funding under the federal No Child Left Behind Act [PDF text; US Dept. Ed. factsheet] despite the dismissal [JURIST report; Stateline.org report] of separate challenge to the law in Michigan. Connecticut is challenging the [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James R. Spencer [JTBF profile] of the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Wednesday rejected the disputed settlement pact between the maker of the Blackberry [product website] communications device, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) [corporate website], and the patent owner of the technology behind the device, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien [CBC profile] on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to a report [JURIST document] issued by Justice John Gomery in a federal investigation into a sponsorship program [CBC News backgrounder] that found Chretien responsible for abuses. In a motion filed in federal court on [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday delayed the transfer of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] from a Navy brig in South Carolina to Justice Department custody until the court receives more information from the government and Padilla's lawyers. The 4th Circuit said [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] While serving as an assistant to the solicitor general during the Reagan administration, US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] advocated a gradual challenge to the fringes of Roe v. Wade, rather than an all-out assault on the landmark abortion ruling, according to documents [National [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments [recorded audio, via C-SPAN] in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England [Duke Law backgrounder; merit briefs] concerning whether the state of New Hampshire can require parental notification before a physician can perform an [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced Haradin Bala to 13 years in prison Wednesday for torture, cruel treatment and murder at a prison camp run by the Kosovo Liberation Army [BBC backgrounder] (KLA). Bala, a commander and guard at the Lapusnik [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser [official profile] has accused the Australian government of pursuing laws that would reverse "centuries of advances" in human rights and the protection of individual liberties against state power. Fraser, who has previously spoken out against tough new anti-terror proposals [JURIST report] now going [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK rights group Liberty [advocacy website] has threatened to take legal action [press release] against the British government and senior police officers unless they agree to investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] has operated "torture flights" that have landed in the UK. In recent months, [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh police on Wednesday detained 22 suspects in the latest round of suicide bombings outside courthouses around the country. Nine people died and over 65 were wounded when two bombs detonated [BBC report] Tuesday, in what police and lawyers call a campaign by Islamic militants to press the judiciary [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian human rights groups have denounced the suggestion of East Timor President Xanana Gusmao [BBC profile] that a report from the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation [official website], which is investigating East Timor's past human rights violations, should be kept under wraps. Gusmao said Monday that the commission's [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton [official profile] has requested that the UN Security Council [official website] put Myanmar [CIA backgrounder] on the council's agenda for the first time, alleging that Myanmar's military rulers are destroying villages, targeting ethnic minorities, seeking nuclear power capabilities and failing to initiate [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Acting head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change [official website] Richard Kinley said Tuesday that parties to the Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive; BBC Q/A] mandating that industrialized nations cut greenhouse emissions in order to curb global warming will likely need up to 3-5 years to [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Qatari Justice Minister Najib al-Nuaimi said Wednesday that a request has been made for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to run as a candidate in future Iraqi elections and that Hussein's defense team has been asked to examine the necessary legal steps to "present Saddam Hussein as a [read more]

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