Legal news from Friday, January 27, 2006
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington State Senate [official website] on Friday passed a landmark gay civil rights bill [HB 2661 text, PDF; additional materials] that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, lending and employment. The legislation was approved by the House [Post-Intelligencer report] last week, but was amended in [read more]

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[JURIST] British police Friday charged Muhedin Ali, 27, in connection with the attempt to bomb the London subway and a bus on July 21, 2005. Ali was arrested January 17 and is charged with helping another bomber, Hussein Osman, evade arrest. Ali is the 17th person charged over the attacks [read more]

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[JURIST] The Russian Justice Ministry [official website, in Russian] has asked a court to close down the Russian Human Rights Research Center, a major human rights umbrella group, based on allegations that the center has not filed reports on its activities for over five years. Valentina Melnikova, a member of [read more]

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[JURIST] US military forces in Iraq have detained wives of suspected insurgents in an attempt to "leverage" their husbands' surrender on at least two occasions, according to documents released by the military to the ACLU under the rights group's ongoing FOIA requests [ACLU materials]. In a May 2004 incident [memorandum, [read more]

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[JURIST] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) [official profile] said Friday that detainees at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] who have been in the camp up to four years should have their cases heard and decided. Speaking to Associated Press at the World Economic Forum [official website] in [read more]

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[JURIST] The US expects a major overhaul of the discredited UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] to occur this year, but will insist upon an actual improvement of the current model rather than adherence to artificial deadlines, the State Department's lead negotiator Mark Lagon [official profile] said at a [read more]

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[JURIST] International arrest warrants have been issued for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] and husband Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile] on charges of corruption in a number of unspecified cases stemming from the former prime minister's term in office from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. [read more]

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[JURIST] The US military in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] began court-martial proceedings [press release] Friday for a US soldier accused of abusing detainees [JURIST report] last year in the southern Uruzgan province. Army Spc. James Hayes is accused of punching detainees in the chest, shoulders, and stomach during the incident, [read more]

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[JURIST] Marvin Bieghler [NCADP profile] was executed in Indiana Friday morning after the US Supreme Court overturned a stay ordered by the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Bieghler was convicted for the 1981 deaths of Tommy Miller, who Bieghler suspected tipped police to Bieghler's drug dealing activities, and Miller's [read more]

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[JURIST] The Indonesian government [official website in Bahasa Indonesian; CIA backgrounder] on Thursday submitted a draft law to parliament that would grant the Aceh province [JURIST news archive] some degree of self-rule. The proposal comes after the historic signing of a peace accord [PDF text; JURIST report] in August between [read more]

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[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister-designate Stephen Harper [official website], elected earlier this week and slated to be sworn in February 6 by Canada's Governor-General [official website], went out of his way at his first news conference [transcript] Thursday to reassert the importance of Canada's Arctic sovereignty. Responding to a comment by [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday dismissed [PDF opinion] a lawsuit challenging federal airport regulations that require passengers to show identification before boarding airplanes. Libertarian activist John Gilmore [advocacy website; case materials] had argued that the regulations, which have not been publicly [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers representing I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [JURIST news archive], Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff indicted in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], have asked the federal judge presiding over the case to force prosecutors to turn over information about what reporters knew about Valerie Plame [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the UN Security Council [official website] is considering sanctions against both rebel and government elements in Cote d'Ivoire that are accused of purposefully delaying and sabotaging fragile peace negotiations in the nation, which has been the scene of armed conflict since rebels seized the northern [read more]

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