Legal news from Wednesday, December 28, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Qwest Communications [corporate website] vice president of investments, mergers and acquisitions Marc Weisberg pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single wire fraud count after his indictment [US DOJ press release] in February on eight counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. Weisberg agreed to cooperate with [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Some 80 opposition politicians, reporters and aid workers facing treason and genocide charges in Ethiopia relating to November's street clashes over May elections that killed 46 people have complained that they have been denied access to lawyers by prison administration. They made the claim Wednesday as they appeared in [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean police have taken fingerprints and a mug shot of former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] as part of his indictment over Operation Colombo [Wikipedia backgrounder], in which at least 119 dissidents were allegedly murdered during the early years of Pinochet’s dictatorship. Nine separate indictments relating [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr [CBS profile], the minister in charge of Iraq's prison facilities, is expected to resign in the near future, according to multiple security and political sources. The reports follow accusations that he ran secret prisons [JURIST report] found in November [JURIST report] and December [JURIST [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Algeria [JURIST news archive] Wednesday asked the government of France [JURIST news archive] to apologize for crimes committed during France’s colonization of Algeria, including France’s part in the massacres of 45,000 Algerians who demanded independence at the end of World War II. Since Algerian independence in 1962, France and [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] has agreed to hear arguments regarding the request of US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive] to speed up his money-laundering trial by either beginning the case immediately or dismissing the charges. Last week, an intermediate appellate court [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul [official website] said in a TV interview Wednesday that state slander laws used to prosecute Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk [BBC profile] and implicated as recently as Tuesday in a possible prosecutorial probe of comments by a senior EU lawmaker [JURIST report] could be changed [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for so-called "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] have responded [reply brief, PDF] to the government's contention that Padilla's US Supreme Court appeal [certiorari petition, PDF; JURIST report] is moot and should be denied, insisting that his case "raises questions of profound constitutional importance about the government's [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] After a fifteen year-old girl was killed and six bystanders were injured Monday in a random shooting spree on a busy downtown shopping street, Toronto Mayor David Miller [official website] said Tuesday that weak US gun laws are partly to blame for a recent surge of violence in Canada's [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Monitoring group Human Rights Watch [website] Wednesday asked [press release] the G8 [backgrounder], the heads of government of the major industrial democracies, to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin not to sign a controversial bill that would create an oversight group with greatly increased control over the funding and activites [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers working on several high-profile terrorism cases plan to bring legal challenges to discover whether the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] used illegal wiretaps [JURIST news archive] against several dozen Muslims linked to Al Qaeda and whether the government misled judges and defense lawyers about the selection [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek Ministry of Justice [official website] has begun investigating the alleged torture in Greece of 28 Pakistanis suspected of involvement in the July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive] following a lawsuit filed by the men against Greek intelligence officers. A story in the Greek weekly Proto Thema [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Alexander Torshin, the head of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating last year's Beslan school siege [BBC report; MosNews report] told the upper house of parliament [official website] Wednesday that despite their exoneration by prosecutors [JURIST report] earlier this week, local law enforcement officials were in fact negligent in ignoring [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [JURIST news archive] Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey [profile] has reached a deal with prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to one or more criminal charges and a reduced prison sentence in exchange for his testimony against former bosses Kenneth Lay [defense website] and Jeffrey [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] CIA inspector general John Helgerson [official profile] has launched an investigation into fewer than ten cases of possibly erroneous rendition [JURIST news archive], according to an intelligence official quoted by AP. In several cases it is believed that either the wrong person was captured, or the person later turned [read more]

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