Legal news from Thursday, December 29, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter to US President George W. Bush, the chief Iraqi defense counsel for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has urged Hussein's immediate release in order to restore peace in Iraq, and has condemned the ousted president's current trial [JURIST news archive] as a farce riddled with false [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] US military authorities at the Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detention facility announced [statement, PDF] Thursday that the number of participants in the ongoing hunger strike at the prison has surged, reaching an acknowledged total of 84, including 48 who have joined the action since last Sunday. The Pentagon defines [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors are once again investigating Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [JURIST news archive], this time on charges that he bribed his former lawyer to give false testimony in two criminal cases, according to a report [in Italian] Thursday in Milan's Corriere della Sera newspaper. Berlusconi is said to have [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Turkey [JURIST news archive] have dropped one of the two state slander charges against Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk [TIME profile], eliminating the allegation that he insulted Turkey's armed forces. Pamuk, whose work often examines the clashes between society and the role of Islam, is on trial for [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Croatian court in Zagreb Thursday sentenced former "Scorpions" paramilitary member Slobodan Davidovic to 15 years in prison Thursday for his involvement in the summer 1995 Srebrenica massacre [backgrounder; BBC timeline]. Davidovic and five other paramilitary members were arrested in June [JURIST report] after they were identified in a [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] An inquiry [AP report] by the Pentagon's Inspector General [official website] has concluded that websites operated by the US military that pay journalists to write articles and commentary supporting military activities are legal and do not infringe and laws or government policies. The IG investigation determined that two websites [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Less than two weeks after arguing in a brief that the US Supreme Court should stay out of the Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] "enemy combatant" case because criminal charges against Padilla [JURIST report] in late November rendered his appeal moot, the US Department of Justice Wednesday asked the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] ProtectMarriage.com, one of two groups attempting to present a same-sex marriage ban [CA Secretary of State summary] to California voters in 2006, has halted its efforts [press release] for failure to gather the required 598,105 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot. The deadline for submission of [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court [official backgrounder] of Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Wednesday sentenced 11 policemen, soldiers, and prison doctors [JURIST report] to jail terms ranging from 1.5 to 11 years for their complicity in the May uprising in Andijan [JURIST news archive; HRW backgrounder] when thousands of protesters gathered after [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Chief Immigration Judge Michael Creppy [official profile] ruled Wednesday that John Demjanjuk [Wikipedia profile], a retired auto worker living in Cleveland who is accused of having been a Nazi prison camp guard, should be deported to his native Ukraine, Germany or Poland, rejecting arguments that he could be [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Kenneth Lay [BBC profile; defense website] and Jeffrey Skilling [BBC profile] has been delayed two weeks until January 30, following a decision by former co-defendant Richard Causey [profile] to testify against his former bosses [JURIST report] under a plea agreement [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Federal authorities have now indicted a total of 49 people for involvement in a scheme to fraudulently collect more than $200,000 from American Red Cross [organization website; press release] funds designed to assist Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] victims. The Red Cross discovered the fraud after an internal audit [read more]

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