Legal news from Saturday, January 28, 2006
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US court-martial Saturday found Army Specialist James Hayes guilty of mistreating detainees [US Central Command press release] in Afghanistan at the end of a brief trial [JURIST report]. The court-martial which convicted Hayes on one count of conspiracy to maltreat and two counts of maltreatment demoted him to [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] In his weekly radio address [text] Saturday President Bush urged the US Senate to vote on his nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the US Supreme Court, insisting that senators had a "constitutional responsibility" to do so and implicitly warning against any Democratic Party [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Hamas official speaking in Jerusalem has said that introducing Islamic sharia [Wikipedia backgrounder] as "a source of law" in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be "the No. 1 thing we will do" when Hamas takes up its seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website] [read more]

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[JURIST] Senoir US Senate Democrats John Kerry (MA) [official website], Patrick Leahy (VT) [official website], and Russ Feingold (WI) [official website] have introduced a bill [Leahy press release and bill text] to limit expense-paid trips for federal judges underwritten by major corporations and political organizations. The three senators also included [read more]

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[JURIST] Arizona [JURIST news archive] state legislator David Burnell Smith [official website] became the first US lawmaker removed from office for violating a state’s public campaign financing rules when the Arizona Supreme Court [official website] declined Thursday to stay an earlier court order [text] directing him to step down. The [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, the eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was taken into custody by Chilean authorities Saturday when she flew in from Buenos Aires to face charges of tax evasion. Met at the airport by the federal judge in charge of [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [BBC profile; official website] said Saturday that Iran [JURIST news archive] will likely have to face the UN Security Council [official website] unless it resumes compliance with nuclear non-proliferation requirements. Straw would not confirm whether or not he expects the International Atomic Energy Agency [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] In the first ruling of its kind, the British High Court on Friday ruled that two British citizens accused of illegal file-sharing must pay damages for violating UK copyright laws. The suit brought by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) [official website] is one of 139 actions brought by the [read more]

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[JURIST] US-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch [advocacy website], said [press release] Saturday that interference by Iraqi political groups may compromise the independence of the judges on the Iraqi High Criminal Court - formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] - conducting the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive]. HRW [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Friday announced [press release] that the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] has arrested two employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency [official website] working in New Orleans in the post-Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] rebuilding effort under suspicion of taking bribes. According to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] Friday lifted a preliminary injunction by a lower federal court that had blocked [JURIST report] a Kansas law [text] requiring health care officials to report consensual sex by underage persons to government authorities. In a 2-1 decision, a [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The effort by Democratic Senators John Kerry (D-MA) [official website; Friday floor speech], Edward Kennedy (D-MA) [official website] and others to attempt a last-minute filibuster [JURIST report] blocking the US Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] has been met with opposition from fellow Senate Democrats [read more]

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