Legal news from Friday, February 3, 2006
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday temporarily stopped [ruling summary] Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline [official website] from accessing private abortion clinic records until a lower court determines whether Kline actually has a right to see the records. The state supreme court feared that Kline's insistence on [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke said Friday that Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] should not wear handcuffs and ankle chains during court appearances unless US government officials can show that Padilla poses an immediate safety threat. Cooke also ordered federal prosecutors to provide defense attorneys with final transcripts of [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], the judicial arm of the United Nations, ruled [judgment, PDF; press release] Friday that it does not have jurisdiction over a case filed by the Democratic Republic of Congo against Rwanda on charges of aggression and human rights abuses stemming from [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] French immigration officials have deported a man from Mali involved in the riots [JURIST report] that overtook Parisian suburbs and spread across the country last fall, the first of seven foreigners so far found guilty in connection with the riots who will all soon be deported. French Interior Minister [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] on Friday set a trial date of January 8, 2007 for former vice-presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [CBS profile] on charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of obstructing justice, perjury and making false statements regarding the leaked identity of [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Bulgaria [official website] on Friday approved [press release] several amendments to the country's constitution [text] at first reading, responding to a warning from the European Union (EU) [official website] over corruption in Bulgaria. The amendments, which were approved by 183 lawmakers, would strip the legislature [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, US Senator Pete Domenici, the Republican chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee [official website], joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman, the ranking Democrat committee member, has issued a report [DOC text, press release] calling for a mandatory trading program for carbon dioxide, [read more]

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[JURIST] Ugandan High Court Justice John Bosco Katutsi [official profile] on Friday became the second judge to withdraw from the trial of opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] for treason [JURIST report], citing primarily health reasons related to high blood pressure. Katutsi, who presided over Besigye’s trial for a [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal court hearing to decide whether Google [corporate website] will be required to comply with a request from the US Department of Justice [official website] for extensive excerpts from its search log has been postponed until March 13. US District Court James Ware gave no explanation for the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SLPM) [FAS backgrounder] has threatened to take their northern counterpart, the National Congress Party (NCP) [Wikipedia backgrounder], to constitutional court if they fail to follow through on a peace deal enacted last year which ended Africa's longest civil war in southern Sudan [JURIST news [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] has demanded an apology [radio interview transcript] from US Senator Norm Coleman [official profile], saying that Coleman wrongly accused the Australian government of participating in illegal bribes to Saddam Hussein's former Iraqi regime through the now-defunct UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to a petition from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile], Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni [BBC profile] reduced the jail term of opposition politician Cheam Channy [Wikipedia profile] from seven years to three, officials said Friday. Cheam Channy, a member of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) [party [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Robert J. Stein [Wikipedia profile], a former US Defense Department contract official for the Coalition Provisional Authority [official website] in Iraq, pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Thursday to charges of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, unlawful possession of machine guns, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Stein, [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Deborah A. Batts on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against former Environmental Protection Agency [official website] head Christine Todd Whitman [official profile], saying her reassurances about the air quality in New York after the September 11 attacks "shock[] the conscience." The [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate late Thursday evening passed a one-month extension [HR 4659 summary] of the USA Patriot Act [PDF text] by a 95-1 vote [roll call vote]. The extension until March 10 has already been approved by the US House [JURIST report] and will now go to President Bush [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Tension over the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad [JURIST report] flared into violence in Europe and across the Muslim world Thursday and Friday with members of the Front for Defenders of Islam (FPI)[MIPT backgrounder] storming the Danish embassy in Jakarta and gunmen surrounding an EU office [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A Russian military court has convicted a senior officer in the country's elite missile corps [FAS backgrounder] of modern-day slavery and contracting out conscripts under his command for personal gain. Deputy Commander Vladimir Kontonistov has been banned from holding any command for three years and fined 56,000 rubles [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A leaked memo reported in the UK Guardian newspaper Friday shows that Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] had committed to US plans to invade Iraq well before seeking legal advice on the military action and any second UN resolution giving more definitive authorization. The memo is described [read more]

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