Legal news from Wednesday, January 18, 2006
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] White House spokesperson Scott McClellan Wednesday dismissed findings from the latest Human Rights Watch annual report [PDF text; JURIST report] alleging that the US has made deliberate and blatant use of torture and the inhumane treatment of prisoners in its "war on terror". HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth wrote [read more]

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[JURIST] UK fathers' rights group Fathers 4 Justice [advocacy website; BBC backgrounder] announced Wednesday that it would disband after the Sun newspaper published a report that some of its members planned to abduct the 5-year-old son of British Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive]. The group, notorious [read more]

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[JURIST] Interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official profile] on Wednesday asked his defense minister to create a plan for removing 24 Jewish settler outposts, deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice [official website], from the Palestinian West Bank. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [BBC profile; official website] and the [read more]

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[JURIST] The US military confirmed Wednesday that it currently holds at least 8 female prisoners as security threats at the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison in Baghdad after captors of an American journalist demanded the US free all Iraqi women detainees within 72 hours. Armed Iraqis kidnapped the journalist, [read more]

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[JURIST] Egyptian officials have said that 143 Sudanese refugees, detained by Cairo police after a three-month sit-in protest was forcibly broke up, will be released. As many 600 other Sudanese refugees, some of whom hail from the war torn region of Darfur [JURIST news archive], face deportation by Egyptian Foreign [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The new chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] is a member of the banned Baath party [BBC profile] and should be replaced, Ali Faisal, executive manager of Iraq's Debaathification Commission [official website], said Wednesday. According to Faisal, the newly appointed Sayeed al-Hamashi, "is the object [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Five hundred Bosnian police officers launched an ultimately unsuccessful operation on Wednesday near the town of Han Pijesak in an failed attempt to find and arrest either Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile] or Ratko Mladic [BBC profile], both of whom are accused of genocide [ICTY case backgrounder]. At a news [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [official profile] has said legislation offering amnesty to those involved in a May 2000 racially-motivated coup [BBC report] will be delayed. The Reconciliation, Tolerance, and Immunity Bill [PDF text] has prompted widespread controversy since it was introduced last year, with the country's military commander, [read more]

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[JURIST] The military court-martial of Army Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. continued Tuesday with arguments from Welshofer's lawyer that interrogation methods used by the army officer were approved by his commander and were not the cause of the death of an Iraqi general in 2003. Welshofer is facing murder [read more]

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[JURIST] Respect for human rights in Asia has been on a serious decline over the past year, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. HRW says that the governments of some Asian countries, including Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China, were behind the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge on Tuesday approved the settlement of a lawsuit and authorized the city of New Orleans to continue demolition of homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], so long as homeowners are given advance notice. The settlement comes in a lawsuit challenging the city's demolition [read more]

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[JURIST] Russia is considering a request by former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that he travel to that country for medical treatment, the Russian foreign ministry announced Wednesday. In December, Milosevic asked [JURIST report] the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [read more]

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[JURIST] France, Britain and Germany circulated a draft resolution on Iran among key members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] on Wednesday calling for a referral to the UN Security Council. The resolution, if accepted by the nuclear watchdog, would open the possibility of sanctions against Iran [read more]

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[JURIST] In response to mounting criticism of the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Tuesday took time during his daily press briefing [official transcript] to react to the two lawsuits filed by civil rights organizations [JURIST report] Tuesday against the administration. [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] handed down decisions in three cases Wednesday, including a decision in Will v. Hallock [Duke Law case backgrounder], where the Court ruled that a refusal to apply the judgment bar in the Federal Tort Claims Act [text] is not open to collateral appeal. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court [official website] has ordered a lower court to reconsider the constitutionality of a New Hampshire abortion law. In a unanimous decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England [Duke Law backgrounder], the Court vacated and remanded a First Circuit [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A New Orleans judge said Tuesday that criminal trials in New Orleans could resume by March when the courts will try to deal with the 3,000 trials [JURIST report] pending before Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] swept through the city. The first post-Katrina grand jury may convene in February [read more]

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[JURIST] News agencies in Italy reported Tuesday that Italian prosecutors plan to charge a US soldier with murdering Italian secret service agent Nicola Calipari and the attempted murder of an Italian journalist during a shooting at a US checkpoint in Iraq in March 2005. The decision comes after a joint [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Switzerland's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday voted against denouncing the United States over purported secret CIA prisons in Europe [JURIST news archive] for terror suspects after members concluded they lacked sufficient evidence. Committee head Luzi Stamm told reporters that current investigations have not yielded any proof the prisons actually [read more]

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[JURIST] Democratic Senator Ben Nelson [official website] (NE) on Tuesday became the first in his party to show his support for US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive]. Nelson, seen as a moderate leader in Congress, said in a press release that his support stemmed from Alito's [read more]

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