Legal news from Friday, February 24, 2006
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [official website] filed suit in a New Jersey Superior Court Friday to try to block Dubai Ports World [corporate website], a company from the United Arab Emirates [government website], from taking control of several United States ports. Citing security concerns, [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Defense contractor Mitchell Wade pleaded guilty [agreement, PDF] in US District Court in Washington, DC on Friday to conspiring to funnel more than $1 million in bribes [criminal information; PDF] to former US Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Wade, the former president of MZM Inc, a Washington firm [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the South Dakota House of Representatives has given final approval to a bill [text] that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. The state Senate approved the abortion ban [JURIST report] earlier this week. Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions would face up [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website] declared a national emergency in a taped television address [recorded audio] Friday after uncovering a plot to oust her from office. The state of national emergency declaration [full text of Proclamation 1017] issued under Article 2, Section 4 [text] of the Philippines Constitution [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism Martin Scheinin sharply criticized Turkey's anti-terrorism laws [JURIST news archive] Thursday, claiming Turkey's definition of terrorism is too broad and vague with respect to local terrorist groups. In particular, Scheinin stated that the 2001 law [text] "defines [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Indian officials have arrested [BBC report] Alok Tomar, editor of the obscure Indian magazine Senior India, for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. Officials charged Tomar with hurting religious sentiments in India, although it is unknown whether the cartoon published by Tomar resembled the Muhammad caricatures [JURIST news [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross [website] Friday called on individuals and groups in Iraq to comply with international humanitarian law [press release] while officials imposed daytime curfews in several Iraqi cities in an attempt to subdue a wave of violence resulting from Wednesday's bombing of the Askariya [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. [official website] has launched a probe into the state's indigent defense system in response to funding and availability problems for public defenders, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], which has sharply decreased the number of traffic fines from [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A series of internal Canadian government memos newly declassified under the Canadian Access to Information Act [text] has increased speculation that the US Central Intelligence Agency [JURIST news archive] has flown terror suspects through Canada as part of an extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] program transferring them to foreign [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal judge has refused to grant an immediate injunction against Research in Motion [corporate website], which would have shut down the company's BlackBerry [product website] wireless service in the United States. In 2003, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled [PDF text] that [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, Jordan's UN ambassador and advisor to the secretary-general on the sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations peacekeeping operations, has told the UN Security Council [press release] that it could be three or four more years before the "unacceptably high" number of sexual abuse [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] FBI memos [documents log] released [press release] Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act action [ACLU materials] suggest that senior US military officials, up to and including former Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, were aware of and endorsed the use of [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday rejected a request by former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for provisional release [JURIST report] so that he might receive medical treatment in Russia. In the decision [text], the ICTY said they [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The United States and British governments knew about illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq over four years ago, an Australian judicial inquiry [JURIST report] into the UN oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive] was told Friday. During Friday's hearing [PDF transcript], a statement from Michael Wallbanks, manager of [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile], former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, have asked a federal judge to dismiss the case against him, arguing that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] was improperly appointed to head the investigation in the CIA leak case [JURIST [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, South Korea has announced plans to create a national database containing the genetic profiles of individuals convicted of criminal sexual offenses and a national registry accessible by the public that would list names and addresses of convicted sex offenders. The plan would also limit the [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) [official website] said Thursday that the Bush administration is ignoring federal law by refusing to extend its investigation into the takeover of operations of six US ports by Dubai Ports World [corporate website], a state-owned business in the Untied Arab Emirates. The Senate Armed [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Jed S. Rakoff [official profile] of the Southern District of New York on Thursday ordered the Defense Department to release uncensored transcripts, including detainee names, of 317 Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials] hearings held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. In January, Rakoff ordered the [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] As questioning of potential jurors winds down, defense lawyers for al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] have expressed concern about the possibility of a jury stacked with individuals connected to Sept. 11 victims. Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] last year to conspiracy charges [indictment] in connection with [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury acquitted US Army Sgt. Alan J. Driver Thursday on charges of prisoner abuse [JURIST report] at Bagram Control Point [Global Security backgrounder, JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. Driver was the last of 11 soldiers from 377 Military Police Company [backgrounder] to be charged [read more]

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