Legal news from Saturday, December 3, 2005
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lower courts in Uzbekistan [JURIST archive] Saturday sentenced 25 more men found guilty of involvement in the May 2005 Andijan uprising. Thirteen defendants were sentenced by the Tashkent provincial court and 12 by the Tashkent city court; all received at least 20 years in prison. Authorities have meanwhile confirmed [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni appellate court Saturday upheld the capital sentence of a Shia cleric accused of spying for the Iranian government and for supporting an armed rebellion in northern Yemen [JURIST news archive] last year. The case will now go to the Supreme Court of Yemen, which will render a [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's conservative Guardian Council [official website] Saturday approved the constitutionality of a bill designed to prevent inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] if Iran is reported to the UN Security Council [official website] for potential sanctions. The lower house of Iran's [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] has released a statement [text] criticizing the death penalty after North Carolina executed Kenneth Lee Boyd [JURIST report], marking the 1,000th execution in the US since the US Supreme Court lifted a 10 year moratorium [DPIC backgrounder] on capital punishment in 1976. "We consider [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official website] is expected to deliver a stern message to leaders in Europe when she heads there Monday, telling them in effect to "back off" from their criticism of US treatment of terror suspects and the existence of alleged secret CIA prisons. Rice, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] In court papers filed Friday, US Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] said certain details of his investigation into the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], including grand jury testimony and documents identifying witnesses, must remain secret, implying that the probe continues to move forward and that further charges [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle [official website] Friday vetoed legislation that would have capped the amount of money victims in medical malpractice lawsuits could be awarded for pain and suffering at $450,000 for adults and $550,000 for minors. Doyle said in a press statement that the adult cap was just [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The 100-nation governing body of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday authorized an independent board to award funds to victims of war crimes through administration of the international Victims Trust Fund [ICC backgrounder]. Member states and private groups have reportedly donated over $1 million [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly [official profile] of the Northern District of Illinois ruled [opinion text, PDF] Friday that an Illinois law restricting the sale and rental of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech. The law was set to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] agreed Friday to a US request to discuss human rights violations in Myanmar for the first time. The UN discussion was announced after Myanmar's military-led government extended [JURIST report] for yet another year the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile, [read more]

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