Legal news from Monday, March 13, 2006
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Google goes to federal court on Tuesday - backed by online privacy advocate groups - to fight a Bush administration subpoena [PDF text] that seeks to force the search engine giant to hand over an enormous amount of its user data, including one week's worth of query searches and [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [personal website in Serbian; Wikipedia profile] Monday blamed the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [JURIST news archive] for the unexpected death of Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST report] on Saturday, telling the Associated Press that the court should have granted the prisoner's requests to be [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website; press release] said that despite widespread protests he remains committed to a proposed labor law that will make it easier for companies to fire workers under the age of 26. Villepin said in a national TV interview [TF1 recorded video] Sunday [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] Monday announced [statement] the creation of a new National Security Division [fact sheet] at the Department of Justice, bringing "under one umbrella the Department's primary national security elements" as authorized by the recent renewal of the Patriot Act [JURIST report]. The division [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US Vietnam-era deserter is being held at a military prison in California after being arrested late last week while crossing the border from Canada. Allen Abney, 56, deserted the US Marine Corps and fled to Canada in 1968 at the age of 18. He was arrested Thursday after [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A military court-martial is set to begin Monday for US Army dog handler Sgt. Michael J. Smith, facing 14 counts of misconduct for using unmuzzled dogs to abuse detainees at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in 2003 and 2004. Military prosecutors contend that Smith was operating outside of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema stunned courtroom observers Monday by calling a recess in the September 11 hijacking trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] Monday after being informed that government lawyers had coached witnesses in the case. The government informed the court and defense over the weekend that [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian lawyers have begun a two-day boycott of the country's courts in protest at what they say is "failure of the government to comply with court orders and the violation of human rights." Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) [profession website] President Lanke Odogiyon says that disregard for the rule of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey has urged European countries to reexamine their religious defamation laws and ensure that they protect Muslims in the wake of the Muhammad cartoons controversy [JURIST news archive]. At a weekend conference of EU foreign ministers in Austria, Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul [official website] echoed Muslim claims that [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Indonesia has denied the appeal [Metro TV report, in Bahasa Indonesian] of pro-Indonesia militia leader Eurico Guterres [Wikipedia profile] for charges stemming from his involvement in massacres that occurred during the 1999 violence in East Timor [PBS backgrounder], according to Jakarta's Metro TV [media website] [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Ministry officials confirmed Monday that they had received a letter written by Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] on March 8 complaining about his medical care while in prison at The Hague and pressed for Russian medical experts to participate in his post mortem. A Ministry spokesman said [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Eight people have been charged in Zimbabwe with plotting the assassination of President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] following the arrests of 15 suspects [JURIST report] on Friday. Several members of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] were among those charged, including MP Giles Mutsekwa, although [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A former Iraqi judge on trial with Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] testified Monday in Baghdad that he sentenced 148 Shiites to death after a 1982 assassination attempt on the former dictator in the town of Dujail, but asserted that they were given a proper trial beforehand. Awad al-Bandar [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The annual six-week meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] in Geneva was suspended [press release] after just four minutes on Monday to give the 191 member governments of the UN General Assembly more time to debate and discuss [JURIST report] a replacement body. The 53-member [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A member of the elite Special Air Service [Wikipedia profile] special forces of the British Army [official website] who refused to return to Iraq and later left British military service said in an interview published in the UK Sunday that he resigned because he objected to the illegality [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi [official profile; BBC profile] called Italy's judiciary “the disease of our democracy” in a weekend TV interview, promising changes to the judicial system as he himself faces the possibility of a new trial before upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for April 9-10. The combative conservative [read more]

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