Legal news from Monday, February 13, 2006
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association [profession website] called on President Bush Monday to stop warrantless domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] or change the laws to make it legal. At the Association's midyear meeting in Chicago [press release] the ABA's policy-setting House of Delegates voted on several policy proposals [JURIST report] [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Recent race riots [JURIST report] in the Los Angeles jail system [official website] have prompted authorities to begin transferring county prison inmates to the state corrections system. After several riots in various jail facilities left two inmates dead and many others injured, the latest fatality being Sunday at the [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Government investigators told the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee [official website] in a hearing [prepared testimony] Monday that the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] had been plagued by fraud [JURIST news archive] and abuse costing taxpayers millions. Alice Fisher, the Justice Department official [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The principals of a US contracting company accused of defrauding the US government during the Iraq war will appear Tuesday in a federal court in Virginia in the first Iraq contract civil fraud case to go to trial. Scott Custer and Michael Battles were hired by the US government [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Knesset [official website], Israel's parliament, debated a draft national constitution at a special session Monday but came away sharply split. The Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee [official website] presented a 9,000 page report on CD containing various proposals for the Constitution, explanatory materials, and other [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police Monday fired tear gas to stop approximately 7,000 students from protesting controversial and allegedly-blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] that have now been re-published in newspapers in Europe [JURIST report] and around the world. The police took action to prevent students from marching on [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Yahoo! Inc. [corporate website] issued a statement [text] Monday supporting freedom of speech in China in anticipation of its Wednesday testimony [hearing agenda] before the human rights subcommittee [official website] of the US House Committee on International Relations. The company, along with Google [corporate website], Microsoft [corporate website] and [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] Monday accepted the resignations of Education Minister George Saitoti [CAD profile] and Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi [official profile] in a televised announcement [text] in connection with their role in two separate corruption scandals which angered foreign donors and damaged Kibaki's government. Saitoti is [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; BBC backgrounder] found that Greece failed to implement or comply with EU directives in twenty cases in 2005, the most of all European Union [official website] member states, according to statistics [press release, PDF] released Monday by the court. Greece was [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the UN Stabilization Force in Haiti [official website] have fired on Haitians protesting election results [AP report], killing at least one protester and injuring four. Demonstrators supporting presidential candidate Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile] erected flaming roadblocks on Monday, demanding that the candidate be declared the winner in [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] spokesman Sunday confirmed the country's ongoing commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [text] after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website] threatened to walk away from the treaty [JURIST report] on Saturday. Hamid Reza Asefi said that Iran would not accept the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] In anticipation of the upcoming Commonwealth Games [official website] scheduled to start in Melbourne March 15, the Parliament of Australia [official website] has rushed through a bill [PDF text; legislative materials] making domestic deployment of the Australian Defence Force [official website] faster and easier in the event of a [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] In its final session before dissolution, the lame-duck Palestinian Parliament [official website] Monday gave Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] the authority to appoint a constitutional court empowered to cancel any law approved by the newly-elected Hamas-led assembly considered contrary to the Palestinian Constitution [text]. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] entered its fifth year Monday as proceedings resumed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], leaving only 22 working days left before the trial comes to a close. The former Serbian leader [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials have suspended business with the Australia Wheat Board (AWB) [corporate website] while an Australian judicial inquiry [Cole Commission website] investigates allegations that AWB paid bribes of up to $300 million to the former government of Saddam Hussein in the oil-for-food scandal [JURIST news archive]. The scandal prompted [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Presidents Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [official profile] of Indonesia and Xanana Gusmao [BBC profile] of East Timor will meet this week to discuss a report alleging widespread human rights violations during Indonesia's 24-year occupation of East Timor. The meeting, originally to have taken place last month, was postponed after Gusmao [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] UK Chancellor Gordon Brown [official profile], widely expected to succeed Tony Blair [JURIST news archive] as British Prime Minister before the next election if not sooner, delivered a major policy address Monday calling for a toughening-up of the Terrorism Bill [amended text] currently before the UK Parliament. Insisting [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [official profile] for rape began in Johannesburg Monday, though proceedings were cut short when presiding Judge Bernard Ngoepe stepped down from the case. The defense had argued that Ngoepe's issuance of search warrants in relation to separate corruption charges [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Five United Nations [official website] rights experts have concluded that detainees being held at the US prison base in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have been subjected to physical and mental abuse amounting to torture in some cases, according to an unreleased draft report obtained by the Los Angeles [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The top US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he expressed opposition to CIA rendition practices [JURIST news archive] in sending al Qaeda suspects to secret prisons for interrogation, according to intelligence sources cited in a UK Sunday Times report. Agency officials have [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the Nepal Supreme Court [official website] has handed down an historic decision holding that the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) [JURIST report], created by King Gyanendra [official profile, BBC profile] following his dismissal of the elected government [JURIST report], is unconstitutional and ordering the [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] returned to court in Baghdad Monday, though he claimed in several outbursts that his appearance was forced. The former Iraqi dictator called the court trying him for crimes against humanity a "game" because it was formed during the US occupation of Iraq and demanded [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing a group of hurricane victims in New Orleans have asked a US federal judge to grant a temporary restraining order preventing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [official website] from evicting 12,000 families still left homeless from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] and Hurricane Rita. FEMA announced [read more]

03:02 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Islamic leaders in Britain have demanded a speedy prosecution of British soldiers shown beating young Iraqi detainees [JURIST report] and defiling an Iraqi corpse in video images [NW recorded video] that were published [NW report] in the tabloid News of the World Sunday. The leaders expressed concerns that [read more]

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