Legal news from Tuesday, January 24, 2006
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] late Tuesday issued a temporary stay on an execution order for Clarence Hill [NCADP advocacy letter], a Florida inmate convicted of the 1982 killing of a police officer. Hill had been scheduled to be executed at 6 PM. The Court is currently reviewing [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army spokesperson late Tuesday clarified the military position on the application of new military death penalty rules [JURIST document; JURIST report] to terror detainees, saying the rules would not apply to them and correcting a contrary statement made earlier Tuesday [JURIST report]. The spokesperson announced that the [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini [official website] has responded to a Council of Europe report [PDF text; COE press release], released [JURIST report] Tuesday by urging all EU member nations to fully comply with the ongoing COE investigation into alleged CIA rendition practices [JURIST news archive]. The interim COE [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Public statements of support by several US senators Tuesday assured the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] to the US Supreme Court. Commitments by five Republicans appear to have pushed him beyond the requisite 50 votes in the 100-member chamber; one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) [official [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] is preparing to release the final draft of a rule [proposed rule text] that will establish standards for pesticide research on human subjects [EPA backgrounder]. In August 2005, President Bush signed an appropriations bill (Pub. L. No. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two judges involved in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that the real reason for the latest postponement of the hearing was a disagreement among the judges on the Iraqi High Criminal Court - formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] - as to who should [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army [official website] spokesperson said Tuesday that new military death penalty regulations [JURIST document; JURIST report] may also apply to enemy combatants. The new rules, which enable the army to determine the location for executions "imposed by military courts-martial or military tribunals and authorized by the president [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] said Tuesday that a Senate floor debate on a proposed bill to compensate asbestos [JURIST news archive; EPA backgrounder] victims will begin February 6. Specter has co-sponsored the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005 [bill summary] with Sen. Patrick Leahy [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Sim Lake [Chronicle profile] has ruled that the Enron trial [JURIST news archive], set to begin January 30, will remain in Houston. In a ruling handing down late Monday, Lake denied the request [JURIST report] by former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay [Chronicle profile] and ex-CEO [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Tuesday downplayed criticism [speech transcript] of the controversial domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] administered by the National Security Agency [official website], saying that reports of the program have been misleading. Echoing comments by President George Bush [transcript; JURIST report] Monday [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by a vote of 10-8, with all Republican members voting for and all Democrats voting against the nomination. Approval was expected [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The wife of Ugandan opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], Winnie Byanyima, and Forum for Democratic Change [party website] official Jack Sabiti were charged Tuesday with criminal libel and supplying false information for alleging that judges involved in Besigye's trial on treason and rape charges [JURIST report] had [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Tongsun Park [Wikipedia profile], a South Korean lobbyist, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges stemming from the now-defunct UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive]. Park faces charges of money laundering and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein's [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] African Union [official website] officials are expected to ask a panel of legal experts to determine whether former Chad President Hissene Habre [HRW backgrounder] should be extradited to Belgium to face human rights charges, a senior African Union official said Tuesday. Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said any such panel [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Six Yemen citizens, including four who have been released [JURIST report] from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] will face stand trial in a special terrorism court on accusations of belonging to al Qaeda, according to a report in the September 26 [media website] newspaper. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A terror suspect accused in Spain of links to the Sept. 11 attacks has accused the UK Security Service [official website] of using rendition [JURIST news archive] to arrange his torture in several Arab countries. Farid Hilali made the accusation in a statement to the UK High Court [official [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kuwait's parliament on Tuesday averted a constitutional crisis [BBC report] by ousting seriously ill emir, Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, and handing temporary leadership to the cabinet, led by Prime Minister Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah. The vote brought to a close a nine-day leadership crisis in [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian leaders have rejected conclusions of an independent report that faults the Indonesian military for up to 185,000 civilian deaths in East Timor [JURIST news archive] during its 24-year rule. Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Tuesday that the report's claims were "exaggerated" and that the country's forces were [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian leaders have rejected conclusions of an independent report that faults the Indonesian military for up to 185,000 civilian deaths in East Timor [JURIST news archive] during its 24-year rule. Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Tuesday that the report's claims were "exaggerated" and that the country's forces were [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Members of a joint Louisiana House-Senate committee Monday approved a plan to set an April date for New Orleans city elections two days before US District Judge Ivan Lemelle was scheduled to hold hearings in a lawsuit [press release] challenging a December executive order [PDF text] of Louisiana Gov. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury on Monday recommended issuing a reprimand rather than a prison sentence for Army Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. in connection with the interrogation death of an Iraqi general. Welshofer was convicted [JURIST report] of negligent homicide and negligent dereliction of duty for the incident by [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper [party profile] pledged Monday night to clean up government corruption and get tough on crime after his Conservative Party [party website] defeated the governing Liberals in Canada's federal election and won enough seats [Elections Canada final results] to form a minority government [Mapleleafweb backgrounder] [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The West Virginia Legislature [official website] on Monday approved a bill, S. 247 [text], that covers a variety of mine safety improvements, including a rapid-response system, only days after a second mine accident in the state in a month killed two miners. The legislation, initially proposed by Gov. Joe [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] has uncovered fraud by public officials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], according to a top agent in the affected region. John G. Raucci, FBI special agent in Mississippi, said that indictments would be handed down, but he did [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] on Tuesday said that criminal defamation charges against four critics would be dropped after he received letters [text, scroll down] from the four apologizing for the incident. Hun Sen faced increasing international pressure to drop the charges, but as recently as two [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday ruled that the US Department of Defense [official website] must release the names of detainees being held as enemy combatants [JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. District Judge Jed Rakoff rejected arguments by the Pentagon that releasing the names would harm [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [official profile] is expected to take the first step toward confirmation Tuesday, with an already apparent approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website]. All ten Republicans on the committee have announced their support for Alito's nomination, assuring that it will go [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Iraqi High Criminal Court trying ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and co-defendants for crimes against humanity has canceled its session scheduled for Tuesday and has instead set January 29 as the date of its next hearing of witnesses in the case. [read more]

05:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the Democratic Republic of Congo will hold the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) [official website] for 2006 under an agreement reached by a five-nation panel assigned to develop a compromise to the tense standoff concerning the proposed Sudanese bid to chair the African regional [read more]

03:01 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A Council of Europe [official website] report released Tuesday argues that not only did alleged secret prisons run by the CIA in Europe exist, but that many European governments knew of the prisons and 'turned a blind eye'. Dick Marty, a Swiss legislator, prepared the report at the [read more]

03:01 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A Russian court in Moscow has ordered that the financial assets of Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile] and his business partner Platon Lebedev be seized to pay alleged back taxes and fines for the Yukos oil company. Yukos [corporate website] has been fined nearly &17 billion (USD) as a [read more]

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