Legal news from Tuesday, February 28, 2006
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for a Yemeni prisoner held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention camp has filed a motion in DC federal court asking that the use of a restraint chair and large nasal feeding tubes to force-feed his client be prohibited if he resumes his hunger strike. [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Tuesday that construction on 12 holding cells has been completed, and the world's first general international war crimes court is ready to use them to detain leaders of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) [Global Security profile; BBC backgrounder] of [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Oregon chapter of the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation [Wikipedia backgrounder] claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday that the National Security Agency had illegally wiretapping several conversations between the charity and its attorneys. The complaint alleges that the NSA failed to get a court order authorizing [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's High Court [official website] Tuesday blocked a four week suspension of London Mayor Ken Livingstone [official profile] ordered [ruling text, PDF] by a case tribunal of the Adjudication Panel for England [official website] last week for bringing his office into disrepute. The suspension, scheduled to begin March 1, [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred a ruling on petitions brought against the state of emergency [Proclamation 1017 text; JURIST report] declared by President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] last week. Arroyo, who today said the decree will remain in effect at least until Saturday [Manila Times [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee holding a second hearing [agenda materials] Tuesday on the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] appeared frustrated by the lack of information released by the Bush administration. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] accused the White House [text] of [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) [official website] has issued [press release] a new rule that lowers the acceptable level of hexavalent chromium [OSHA backgrounder] that can be present in a workplace. Previously, the acceptable level was 52 micrograms per cubic meter [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Randall v. Sorrell [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs] to decide whether Vermont's Act 64 campaign law [text], which places strict caps on campaign contributions and spending, should be upheld. The justices appeared skeptical of the state's [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] Tuesday voted by a margin of 160-156 to remove references to the "glorification" of terrorism from the Terrorism Bill [text; Home Office backgrounder], proposed after the London bombings [JURIST news archive] last July. The Lords received the bill [JURIST report] after the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The 12th General Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) [official website, English version] ended Tuesday with members of Arab states calling on the United Nations [official website] to adopt a resolution which bans offenses against religion, including Islam. The member countries harshly criticized the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Algerian Islamist Rachid Ramda [Wikipedia profile] has gone on trial in France for his alleged role in several deadly bomb attacks in Paris in 1995. Ramda was arrested in Britain in 1995, but delayed his extradition [JURIST report] ten years until December 2005 with a series of appeals. He [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] One inmate was killed and three others wounded Tuesday as Afghan police fired on rioters trying to push down a gate at a Kabul prison, ending a day-long truce [JURIST report] at the tense facility. Negotiations between the parties broke down Tuesday, prompting renewed rioting among inmates at Policharki [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] America Online (AOL) [corporate website] has filed three lawsuits [complaints; press release] in federal court in Virginia against international groups that allegedly stole information from AOL users, violating Virgina's anti-"phishing" law, the first of its kind in the US. The company, based in Dulles, is seeking $18 million in [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] has indicated that he may offer a compromise over requests by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] for access to classified information in his trial on perjury charges [PDF indictment; JURIST report]. Walton issued an order Monday that [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Utah House of Representatives Monday voted down a much-watched bill that would have challenged the teaching of evolution in high school science classes in the conservative state. The so-called "Origin of Life" bill [text] as initially presented would have required teachers to issue a disclaimer to students saying [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] resumed in Baghdad Tuesday with prosecutors at the Iraqi High Criminal Court - formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] - continuing to present their case on charges of murder, torture, forced expulsions and illegal imprisonment stemming from [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has rejected [press briefing transcript] a request by a group of House Democrats asking that a special counsel be appointed to investigate NSA spying [JURIST report] on people within the United States. In a letter [text] to President Bush Monday, the 18 legislators called for Attorney [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued two unanimous rulings Tuesday, limiting the scope of both the Hobbs Act [text] and the Sherman Antitrust Act [text]. In Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc. [Duke Law backgrounder], 04-1244, the Court ruled that the Hobbs Act's prohibition [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US government has agreed to a $300,000 settlement of claims by an Egyptian [JURIST report] that he was abused while being detained by US authorities for months following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The settlement reached with Ehab Elmaghraby is the first reached by the federal government over [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the Supreme Court of India [official website] has issued a ruling [text] that bans all media entities from publishing or revealing any transcripts or recordings they may have of conversations that were taped illegally. The ruling comes as Amar Singh, a high political party official [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The main opposition party in Uganda [JURIST news archive], Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) [party website], said Tuesday that it plans to contest the country's election results in court. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] won last Tuesday's election with 59 percent of the votes amidst allegations of fraud [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that hundreds of convicted defendants will need to be resentenced after judges handed down harsher sentences because they were considering evidence not admitted at trial. The ruling found that six parts of the 1996 Ohio sentencing law are [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times [media website] sued the US Department of Defense [official website] Monday over the government's failure to release requested documents regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. The Times broke the story last December, reporting that the government has [read more]

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