Legal news from Thursday, January 26, 2006
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Thursday that Kosovo [UN Interim Administration website, JURIST news archive] has not moved quickly enough to implement international standards of human rights, democraticization, ethnic tolerance and law enforcement. The Serbian province, under UN administration since the end of the Kosovo conflict in 1999 that [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [official website, BBC profile] has complained to Washington that the United States violated its sovereignty in a recent air strike on a village near the Afghanistan border. The failed January 13 attack [Gulf Times report] by a CIA Predator drone was intended for key Al [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] France's highest judicial authority will rule on a controversial measure requiring French history teachers to stress the positive aspects of French colonialism. President Jacques Chirac [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday that he would refer the law [text], passed in February 2005, to France's Constitutional Court [official website] after [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] CNN is reporting that Democratic Senator John Kerry, joined by Edward Kennedy and perhaps other Democrats will attempt a filibuster to block the US Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive]. Kerry, currently in Switzerland attending the World Economic Forum, is trying to raise support for [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] announced [FTC press release] Thursday that ChoicePoint [corporate website] will be required to pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million to customers affected by last year's identity theft incident [JURIST report] as a result of making false and misleading [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Tuesday dismissed [order text] a lawsuit brought in 2004 by two US Army National Guard [official website] soldiers that claimed the Army fraudulently induced them to enlist by failing to inform them that they could be forced to remain on active duty indefinitely. Judge Royce Lamberth [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Democrats Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official website] and Ken Salazar (D-CO) [official website] Thursday urged US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation of Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] and his allegedly corrupt connections [JURIST report] with more than 20 [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin [official website] signed [press release] a mine safety bill Thursday S. 247 [text] requiring mines to provide wireless emergency communicators, tracking devices and extra air supplies to their miners. The West Virginia Legislature [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved the bill [JURIST report], which [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, chief defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Thursday following up on earlier defense statements [JURIST report] that the ousted Iraqi leader intends "very soon" to sue US President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] and British PM Tony Blair [official [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] An effort to increase the detention period for terror suspects in the UK from 28 days to 60 days was defeated Wednesday in the House of Lords [official website] by a vote of 210-108. Under current law [Criminal Justice Act 2003, amending the Terrorism Act 2000], terror suspects can [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney McGregor Scott [official profile] of the Eastern District of California [official website] has announced the indictments of three people for ecoterrorism on federal charges of conspiracy to use fire or explosives to damage property. The three defendants, who could be sentenced from five to twenty years if [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website], which has launched an investigation [press release; JURIST report] into allegations [JURIST report] that the CIA illegally operated secret jails in Romania and Poland and covertly flew detainees through Italy, Germany and Poland, said on Thursday that it may request US Vice President Dick [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Parliamentarians of the Council of Europe [official website], often referred to as Europe's human rights watchdog body, have approved a resolution [text] which condemns crimes committed by communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe [COE press release] during the Cold War [BBC backgrounder]. The Council's Parliamentary Assembly on Wednesday [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Seoul High Court on Thursday ordered Dow Chemical [corporate website] and Monsanto [corporate website] to pay $65.2 million in damages for the negligent manufacture of defoliants used during the Vietnam War, including Agent Orange [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The money is to go to over 20,000 Korean veterans who were [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] In a press conference [transcript; recorded video] Thursday, US President George Bush continued his administration's defense of the controversial domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], saying the program is legal and indicating that he may resist proposals by Congress to change it. Responding to a question on the surveillance [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A high-ranking Canadian MP likely to be named to a Cabinet position in the new Conservative party government [JURIST report] of Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper said Wednesday that the party would honor its campaign pledge to arm Canadian border guards after an incident [CBC report] in British Columbia on [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Wednesday met with a group of former law clerks to Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive], describing them as people with a "wide range of political views", all of whom support Alito's nomination to the US Supreme Court. Addressing the press afterwards, Bush said:... he has the [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] was pressured by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] to ban two Islamic parties in Great Britain after the July 2005 London bombings [JURIST news archive], according to civil service e-mails leaked [New Statesman article] to a British magazine. The e-mails [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has said that the government must turn over documents detailing what the US knew before the Sept. 11 attacks to defense lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive], in an order [PDF text] made public on Wednesday. In 2005, Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to conspiracy [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Japan [official website, English version] Thursday rejected an appeal by six smokers who sued the Japanese government and a cigarette maker for illnesses they claim were caused by their smoking habits over a 33- to 50-year period. Japan's high court affirmed a 2003 lower court [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei [BBC profile] and members of his Fatah party Cabinet submitted their resignations Thursday after initial results from Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections - the first in ten years - appeared to give the militant Hamas [MIPT backgrounder] movement a majority of seats in the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website], ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has asked US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to clarify the steps being taken to protect the privacy of American citizens after a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] subpoena for information about internet searches [JURIST report] [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan High Court Justice John Bosco Katutsi [official profile] has denied a defense motion to dismiss treason charges [JURIST report] against opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] on the grounds of vagueness. Defense lawyers had argued that the charges, alleging Besigye's involvement in a plot to overthrow the government, [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Kyrgyz Prime Minister Felix Kulov [BBC profile] has appealed to the Kyrgyzstan Parliament to grant him control of parts of the Interior Ministry that govern the nation's police agencies. Kulov alleges that a recent crime wave, including the murders of three members of parliament, is due to ineffective [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The Moscow City Court has announced that it will hear an appeal from former Russian nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive] concerning a lower court decision to extend his custody until April 12. Adamov's lawyer has challenged the lower court's decision as excessive and has [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US military on Thursday announced the release of 419 Iraqi detainees [press release], including five women detainees [JURIST report]. The decision to release the detainees followed a review by the Combined Review and Release Board [press release], an Iraqi-led panel that includes representatives from the Iraqi Ministries of [read more]

05:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that he's sending UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel [official profile] to Lebanon to assist government officials there in identifying the "nature and scope of the international assistance" needed to create a tribunal charged with trying those accused [read more]

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