Legal news from Friday, December 2, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of judges from the Santiago Appeals Court ruled Friday that human rights charges [JURIST report] against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can proceed, rejecting the defense's arguments that Pinochet is too ill to stand trial. Pinochet was charged last week in connection [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Richard M. Berman ruled Friday that random police searches of bags on the New York City subway system are a minimal invasion of privacy and do not violate the Constitution. The decision comes in a lawsuit [PDF complaint; press release] brought by the New York Civil [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Uganda's High Court ordered the military Friday to suspend proceedings against main opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] until the court decides whether the military trial is legal. Besigye was arrested [JURIST report] earlier this month on charges of treason and rape, and was later brought before a military [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Friday that US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] has promised that his views on abortion will not be a factor in his rulings. Several documents released in recent weeks have highlighted [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's environmental law news, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection [official website] has approved regulations [DOC text] that set "California" emissions standards for new cars and trucks sold in Maine beginning in 2009. Maine becomes the sixth state to adopt the standards, designed to reduce pollution linked to [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A weak response from the justice system in Kosovo to the 2004 Albanian attacks on Serbs has created an "impression of impunity" for such ethnically motivated crimes, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] said Friday. Nineteen people died and over 4,000 were forced to [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said they would appeal to a higher Iraqi court if the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] refuses to divulge the names and backgrounds of four anonymous judges in charge of the trial. Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin is the only one of [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Belarussian parliament on Friday voted 97-4 to approve a law imposing harsh penalties for anyone convicted of inciting demonstrations or spreading harmful information. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile] wants the laws to stop anti-government protest movements like Ukraine's Orange Revolution [BBC report] which led to a change [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials announced on Friday that non-Iraqi Arabs will not be allowed to enter the country as a security measure leading up to the December 15 elections [JURIST news archive]. No end date for the prohibition was set. The ban applies even to those holding valid entry visas [Reuters [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A newly-disclosed memo [PDF text] reveals that US Department of Justice [official website] staff initially opposed a controversial 2003 Texas redistricting plan as violative of the Voting Rights Act [DOJ backgrounder], concluding that Texas "has not met its burden in showing that the proposed congressional redistricting plan does not [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] French newspaper Le Figaro [media website, in French] reported Friday that two CIA-chartered flights made secret stops in France in 2002 and 2005 [Le Figaro report], bolstering allegations that the intelligence agency used the flights to transport Islamist terror suspects to secret European prisons for interrogation [JURIST report]. The [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] said Thursday that it plans to move forward in the trial against a 19-year old Canadian citizen who was charged [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] last month with murdering a US Army medic, despite the judicial stays issued in other cases against [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A United Nations human rights investigator said Friday that prisoner torture in China [JURIST news archive] is declining but is still widespread, and accused Chinese authorities of obstructing his work during a 2-week torture investigation [press release]. Manfred Nowak [official profile, [DOC]], Special Rapporteur on Torture for the United [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Alexei Kurtsin, former manager at Yukos-Moskva - the financial and management center for Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website], was convicted on Thursday of embezzling and laundering funds and sentenced to 14 years in maximum-security prison. Kurtsin's sentence was even harsher than the 13-year sentence demanded by prosecutors, [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army officer has been arrested on bribery, money laundering, theft, and wire fraud charges [DOJ press release] as part of an illegal scheme during his service with the US governing administration in Iraq, according to US Department of Justice [official website] officials Thursday. During his time in [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A Paris court on Thursday overturned the convictions [JURIST report] of six people who were found guilty of pedophilia last year. The six, and several others, had been accused of raping their own and other children, after a seven-year-old boy reported that he had been raped by adults [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kenneth Lee Boyd became the 1,000th person executed Friday since the US Supreme Court [official website] reinstated [DPIC backgrounder] the country's capital punishment [Wikipedia backgrounder] program in 1977 after a 10-year moratorium. Boyd, who was convicted of fatally shooting his wife and father-in-law 17 years ago, did not deny [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The Belgian Chamber [official website], the lower house of parliament, approved a bill on Friday that will allow same-sex couples to legally adopt children. The bill must pass approval by the Belgian Senate [official website] before becoming law. The Senate is expected to hold hearings on the bill [read more]

05:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the Ugandan government [official website] has rejected a call by the Pan African Parliament (PAP) [official website] to release Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] as illegal and contrary to the aims of the African Union [official website] and the PAP. Ugandan government Spokesman and State Minister [read more]

04:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Belgium Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx [official profile] said Thursday that Belgian anti-terror raids held Tuesday night, which resulted in 15 arrests [JURIST report], were accelerated in order to stem the effects of a leak reported [RTL report, in French] in the French media. Authorities in France, led by [read more]

02:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] European Union [official website] justice and security ministers announced the adoption of a new anti-terror strategy and action plan at an EU Council [official website] meeting in Brussels Thursday. The UK-sponsored proposal is intended to fight radicalization and the recruitment of potential supporters into terrorist groups throughout Europe, [read more]

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