Legal news from Saturday, February 4, 2006
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Residents of Weare, New Hampshire [official website], the town where Justice David Souter [Oyez profile] of the US Supreme Court owns a farmhouse, rejected a proposal [2006 Town Warrant, Article 48, PDF] to evict Souter in a town meeting Saturday, and instead substituted a call for the state legislature [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Muslim Syrians set fire to both the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Damascus Saturday, protesting the European publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad and caricaturing him as a terrorist. Protestors first stormed the Danish embassy chanting "God is great," then moved on to the Norwegian embassy. Police fired [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Coretta Scott King, widow of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and herself a respected civil rights leader, was honored Saturday at the Georgia Capitol [backgrounder]. Capitol police estimate that as many as 10,000 people [Atlanta Journal-Constitution report] passed through the Capitol to pay their respects as she lay [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin [official profile] said Friday in response to suggestions that the Canadian Parliament [official website] should be given a more active role in the high court appointment process that it should remain the same. McLachlin said in an Ottawa speech that allowing Parliament greater influence [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] delegates working to draft the first-ever treaty to protect the rights of disabled individuals worldwide have nearly completed their task [UN press release] and resolved many issues of concern after a three-week drafting session [UN press release], according to drafting committee chairman Don MacKay [official [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court has convicted [Reuters report] Stanislav M. Dmitriyevsky [advocacy letter], director of the US-supported Russian-Chechen Friendship Society [advocacy website], of inciting religious and ethnic hatred by publishing editorial commentaries by two Chechen separatist leaders in 2004. The court handed down a two year suspended sentence for the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website; JURIST news archive] Board of Governors voted Saturday to report Iran [JURIST news archive] to the UN Security Council [official website], supporting a resolution [PDF text] offered by Britain, France, and Germany and backed by the US addressing concerns over Iran's [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The British government has said it may restrict a univeral jurisdiction law [backgrounder] authorizing citizens to seek international warrants for the arrest of any individual accused of war crimes who enters the country. The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that UK ministers have cited the unpredictable nature of the current [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Terrence Boyle [official profile] from the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] has ruled that David Passaro [Wikipedia profile], the first US civilian charged with prisoner abuse of a terror detainee, can present evidence at trial to show that he [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A formerly secret opinion released by the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] reveals that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [JURIST news archive], former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney told prosecutors that the Vice President had informed him directly of the identity of Valerie Plame, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) [official website], the Republican chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website], Friday expressed his strong support [press statement] for President Bush's controversial domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] program in a 19-page letter addressed to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Judiciary [read more]

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