Legal news from Monday, March 6, 2006
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson [official profile] said Monday that he is "encouraged" by the public support of five Nobel Peace Prize winners for the proposed [JURIST report] UN Human Rights Council. Former US president Jimmy Carter [official profile], Costa Rica's Oscar Arias Sanchez [Nobel Prize profile], Kim [read more]

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[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official website in French; BBC profile], German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website in German; BBC profile], and other conservative European politicians have been meeting in private to discuss plans to revive the European Constitution [official text; JURIST news archive], according to an article [text, in [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] An expert for Europe's largest security organization said Monday that prisoners held at the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are treated better than inmates in Belgian jails, after he returned from a visit to the prison last week. Alain Grignard [profile], superintendent of the Belgian [read more]

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[JURIST] Opening arguments began Monday in the sentencing trial [case docket] of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] with government prosecutors claiming the defendant's lies to the FBI when he was arrested in August 2001 could have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive]. Court-appointed defense attorneys for Moussaoui [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The judge who will sentence Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] has refused a joint motion by the defense and prosecution to delay for months the hearing that will determine the former Republican lobbyist's prison term. Although US District Judge Paul C. Huck [official profile] did agree to push back [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday agreed to consider the boundaries of the 1995 Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) [42 USC §1997e text] in a set of cases that will further specify when and how prisoners can bring lawsuits that contest the conditions of prisons. The high [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] dealt another major legislative setback to the anti-terrorism policies of the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday by voting down for a second time a bill designed to establish a UK national ID card system. The Identity Cards Bill [text], a [read more]

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[JURIST] The Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council [official website] on Monday voted to strip Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] of powers given him last month by the lame-duck parliament dominated by Abbas' Fatah party [party website]. Among those was the authority to appoint a constitutional court [JURIST report] empowered [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] United Arab Emirates state-owned company Dubai Ports World [corporate website] Monday received the go-ahead to take over British shipping company P&O [corporate website], after the UK's Court of Appeal declined to hear an appeal [JURIST report] from Miami-based Eller & Co. [corporate website]. The three judge panel's unanimous refusal [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, English version] Monday signed into law new anti-terrorism legislation giving the Russian police and military broad authority to tap telephone conversations and control electronic communications in the vicinity of counter-terror operations, shoot down hijacked planes threatening public places or strategic facilities, and deal [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds [official website] has signed legislation that will ban most abortions in the state, excluding only those necessary to save a woman's life. Under the bill [text], approved by the state legislature [JURIST report] last month, doctors who perform abortions will [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush announced Monday that he is sending new legislation to Congress that would give him "line-item" veto [definition] power over specific provisions in Congressional spending bills, allowing rejection of particular provisions without compromising entire legislative packages. Speaking at the White House swearing-in of new Council of Economic Advisers [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema on Monday sat 12 jurors and 6 alternates in the sentencing trial [case docket] of al Qaeda co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] following several weeks of jury selection [JURIST report]. While Moussaoui's lawyers attacked many of the 83 potential jury members [JURIST [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Opening statements began Monday in the second New Jersey state trial against New Jersey-based Merck [corporate website] over their distribution of the painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news archive]. Although a New Jersey jury found Merck not liable [JURIST report] in a separate trial last year, [read more]

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[JURIST] During a closed session of the Johannesburg High Court on Monday, former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile] pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped a guest staying at his house. The guest, a woman who had known Zuma since she was five years old, testified [read more]

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[JURIST] Five Kuwait [JURIST news archive] citizens, previously held captive by the US at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, were released on bail from police custody in Kuwait on Sunday. The five were released on bail after denying the charges against them, which include joining al-Qaeda [JURIST [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] in a unanimous decision Monday upheld the Solomon Amendment [text; FAIR backgrounder], which requires educational institutions, including law schools, to allow military recruiters on campus in order to receive federal funds. In Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic Rights [Duke Law [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the Law Society of Kenya [advocacy website] has said that it is initiating a private lawsuit against three senior Kenyan government officials for their part in last week's police raid [JURIST report] on the Standard Group's journalistic offices. The suit names the attorney general, Interior [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Uzbek court on Monday sentenced opposition leader Sandjar Umarov [party profile] to 10 years and eight months in prison for organizing a criminal group, tax evasion and money laundering. Umarov, leader of the opposition Sunshine Uzbekistan Coalition [party website], has said he will appeal the decision. Umarov has [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Milan Babic [ICTY case backgrounder], former wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs during the Balkan wars, was found dead in his cell at a UN detention facility Sunday after he committed suicide. Babic was sentenced [JURIST report] by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] to [read more]

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