Legal news from Wednesday, February 8, 2006
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Federal Court [official website] Justice Anne Mactavish [official profile] reserved decision Wednesday after hearing arguments in the case [JURIST report] of US military deserter Jeremy Hinzman [advocacy website], who fled to Canada in January 2004 with his wife and son to avoid deployment to Iraq. The Canadian Immigration [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] In response to the publication of Muhammad caricatures [JURIST news archive] in European newspapers, British Muslim leaders on Wednesday called for the UK Parliament [official website] to amend the country's Race Relations Act [text; backgrounder] to protect Muslims as well as Jews and Sikhs, and to change the rules [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Committee on Armed Services [official website] will investigate conflicting reports about the use of dogs in abusing detainees at the US military prison of Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive]. Chairman Sen. John Warner (R-VA) [official website] said that the committee will look into disparate statements allegedly [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted [text; US Attorney press release] Canadian citizen Abdullah Ahmed Khadr [Wikipedia profile; CBC family backgrounder] on four counts connected to his alleged procurement of destructive devices to be used against American forces in Afghanistan in 2003. Khadr, the eldest son of suspected al [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's environmental law news, the US Fish and Wildlife Service [official website] announced [press release] today that it has initiated a status review of the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) [backgrounder, video] to determine whether it should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act [text]. If listed, [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official profile; BBC profile] has backed off his pledge to push through legislation [JURIST report] that would allow women to succeed to the royal throne for the first time since the 1700's. The bill - first proposed because not a single male has been [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] French Judge Fabrice Burgaud told a parliamentary inquiry [hearing materials, in French] Wednesday that he had not acted incorrectly when investigating pedophilia charges in the French town of Outreau. Thirteen people were wrongly convicted of pedophilia and spent 16-39 months in jail before all the convictions were finally overturned [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The World Trade Organization [official website] has made a preliminary ruling that European Union restrictions on genetically engineered crops [EU materials] violate international trade rules. The United States, Canada, Argentina - which together grow 80 percent of all biotech crops sold commercially - challenged the process [WTO case materials; [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Heather Wilson [official website] (R-NM), chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence [official website] has called for a complete review of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text], which governs the monitoring of phone calls within the United States for national security reasons, [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] passed a bill [press release; legislative materials, in Italian] Wednesday that would increase the number of women elected to parliament. If the bill becomes law, it would require that females make up one third of all national election candidates. Women currently make [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights [advocacy website] has said that it will conduct its own investigation into the sinking of a ferry carrying 1,400 Egyptians [BBC report] in the Red Sea earlier this month. Another Egyptian NGO, the Civil Observatory for Human Rights, has meanwhile called for a [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) [trade website] has filed two federal lawsuits [press release; RILA materials] challenging laws in Maryland and Suffolk County, New York designed to push large retail stores such as Wal-Mart [corporate website] to spend more money on employee health care. The Maryland law [PDF [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for naturalized American citizen Shawqi Ahmad Omar, who has been detained in Iraq for over a year, have asked a federal judge to intervene in the case and prevent Omar's transfer to Iraqi custody. US Justice Department officials say that Omar, who they believe is a close associate [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] British pharmaceutical company Chiron [corporate website] has announced [press release] that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] has ended its investigation of the company, which was related to Chiron's failure to supply sufficient flu vaccines [USA Today report] in October 2004. The inability to deliver an [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of the Ulama Council, Afghanistan's top Islamic authority, appealed Wednesday for an end to violent protests against the publication of Muhammad caricatures [JURIST news archive] in European newspapers, but the call came too late to stop hundreds rioting outside a US forward operations base in the southern Afghan [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] More than 4,500 occupants of hotel rooms provided by the government [FEMA hotel use report] to those affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster [JURIST news archive] were ordered to leave Tuesday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency [official website] began to end its hotel accommodation program [press release]. According [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The appellate chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday upheld a trial chamber acquittal [press release] of two high-ranking government officials accused of genocide and massive crimes against humanity during the 1994 crisis. Former Transport Minister Andre Ntagerura [PDF indictment] and former provincial [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) [official website] has issued a new report showing an increase in neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] violence, with nearly three attacks related to right-wing extremism occurring daily in Germany. Many of the radical groups hire new members at [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Tuesday imposed 12-month sanctions [press release] on three Ivorian peace opponents. Ble Goude, Eugene Djue, and rebel commander Fofie Kouakou will have their assets frozen and restrictions placed on their travel. Goude and Djue are militant youth leaders who support Ivory Coast [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, soldiers of the Royal Nepalese Army [official website] fired indiscriminately into a crowd of protesters who were urging citizens to boycott the municipal elections held throughout Nepal, the first elections in seven years. The weapons-fire killed one man and injured another, causing the crowd to [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for two detainees being held at the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] say that over half of the terror suspects being held there are not alleged to have committed terrorist acts against the US or its allies or even to be members of terrorist [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The trial of five Turkish journalists [JURIST report] accused of insulting Turkey's judiciary and trying to influence the courts through their articles has been adjourned to April 11. The court ordered the postponement Tuesday after a fight erupted between the two nationalist lawyers that supported the trial of [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Beth Sabilia, the mayor of New London, Connecticut, has proposed a compromise for a group of four homeowners involved in the eminent domain [JURIST news archive] case that went before the US Supreme Court last year. In Kelo v. New London [text], the Court held last June by a [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A Polish woman who claims she was rendered blind when she was refused an abortion has brought her case before the European Court of Human Rights [official website]. Alicja Tysiac, 35-year old mother of three, has filed a claim against Poland [ECHR schedule of public hearings] stating that [read more]

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