Legal news from Saturday, January 7, 2006
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced in a letter [AP text] to rank-and-file Republican Representatives Saturday that he was formally stepping down as House Majority Leader [official website]. DeLay was forced to temporaily step aside last fall after he was indicted [JURIST report] on campaign [read more]

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[JURIST] Several French human rights groups led by the French League for Human Rights [advocacy website] declared a proposed French immigration bill [JURIST report] racist and a "blatant violation of immigrants' rights" in a joint statement issued Saturday. The proposed legislation calls for placing new restrictions on foreign workers, students, [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], who fled to Japan after a corruption scandal in 2000, registered through intermediaries to run for president of Peru again Friday, shortly after a Chilean judge detained him indefinitely [JURIST report] pending consideration of an extradition request from Peru. [read more]

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[JURIST] Wisconsin [JURIST news archive] Governor Jim Doyle [official website] vetoed a bill [PDF text] Friday that would have made doctors inform women seeking abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy that their fetuses may feel pain. The bill passed [Boston Globe report] the Republican controlled Assembly by a count [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Congressional Research Service [welcome page, archives], the non-partisan public policy research arm of the US Congress, reported [text, PDF] Friday that although the legality of the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST archive] could not be determined due to the need for classified materials, the legal justification [JURIST document] [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The number of hunger strike participants at the Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detention facility has decreased from 84 to 40 since a late-December spike [JURIST report] US military authorities announced [statement, PDF] Friday. Thirty-two of the remaining 40 hunger strikers are currently being force-fed through tubes, a procedure declared [read more]

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[JURIST] Seven present or former members of the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals will testify on behalf of colleague and now US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] at his confirmation hearings beginning Monday according to an announcement Friday by Republicans leading the US Senate [read more]

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