Legal news from Sunday, January 15, 2006
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] Sunday promised a thorough congressional probe into President Bush's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. Specter denied that the President was given a "blank check" to conduct any kind of domestic spying, but downplayed the possibility of impeachment [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) [official website] warned Sunday against any filibuster by Democrats to stall the vote for US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [official profile, JURIST news archive]. Feinstein plans to vote against Alito but said "this might be a man I [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush's "faith-based initiative" to get taxpayer funding to religious organizations to provide social services suffered a setback Friday when a three-judge panel of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] reinstated a 2004 lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) [advocacy website] on the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair will in a few weeks lift a longstanding ban on wiretapping the phones of members of parliament as part of a push to expand the surveillance powers of Britain's MI5 [official website] security service in the wake of the July 2005 [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials are attempting to persuade the chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] to remain in his position, according to prosecutors speaking Sunday. A tribunal official confirmed Saturday that Kurdish judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile] had officially filed his resignation [JURIST report] in protest over [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said in a newspaper interview [in French] published Sunday that the Swiss government has asked the United States for information about 74 alleged CIA flights through Swiss airspace and several landings of CIA aircraft in Switzerland, although she added she had no proof that [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two Iraqi journalists working for Reuters were among 509 prisoners released from US military custody Sunday. The journalists, one a correspondent and the other a cameraman, had been stationed in the Sunni-dominated insurgency stronghold of Ramadi, and were freed from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison after spending [read more]

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