Legal news from Tuesday, March 14, 2006
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Two anonymous officials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] said Tuesday that the Tribunal had been informed several times by the ICTY prison warden that former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], found dead in his cell [JURIST report] early Saturday, had [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Top executives from Exxon, Chevron, Shell and other major oil companies told members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in a hearing [notice] Tuesday that high oil prices could be reduced by opening onshore and offshore locations in the US now shielded from drilling, and that energy [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps [official website] said Tuesday that Allen Abney, a Vietnam War deserter who is now a Canadian citizen, will probably be released within a week from Camp Pendleton [official website], California. Abney deserted the Corps and fled to Canada in 1968 and was arrested late last [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Tuesday denied the admissibility [decision text] of a lawsuit brought by Saddam Hussein against 21 European countries on the grounds that the case fell outside its jurisdiction. Saddam's lawyers had claimed that the 21 European countries who had joined the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that US District Judge Leonie Brinkema has ruled that the government can continue to seek the death penalty in the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] case, but that the government aviation witnesses who were improperly coached by a Transportation Security Administration attorney would not be [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, the Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee [official website] has agreed to allow a set of water quality rules [backgrounder] to go into effect on March 22. The rules will bring Iowa into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) [PDF text]. Amongst other [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge James Ware [official profile] of the US District Court of the Northern District of California [official] said Tuesday after hearing arguments by Google and US Department of Justice lawyers over a government subpoena [PDF] of search data that he might force Google to hand over a small part [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Progress continues to be made in the investigation into the February 2005 Beirut bombing assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], according to an interim report presented to the UN Security Council [official website] Tuesday. Chief UN investigator Serge Brammertz [official profile], successor to German [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Uganda [JURIST news archive] has been intimidating members of the media [HRW press release] since before the February 23 presidential elections [JURIST report], including filing criminal charges against some journalists for their work, according to a statement [HRW report] issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that its request for a European antitrust hearing set for later this month to be public has been denied by the European Commission [official website]. The hearing is being held to give the software giant a chance to explain why it [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A government witness who was coached by a Federal Aviation Administration attorney on the US case against accused would-be hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui told US District Judge Leonie Brinkema [official profile] Tuesday that she was not tainted by the extra information she received, echoing an early statement to prosecution lawyers [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian prison in the West Bank Tuesday in an attempt to seize a Palestinian militant linked to the 2001 killing of an Israeli minister. The raid in Jericho [IDF press release] came shortly after the US and UK withdrew prison monitors [UK FCO statement], citing [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Students at 59 [UNEF press release, in French] of France's 84 universities went on strike Tuesday, occupying and blockading about 50 of them in protest against a new law proposed by the government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website] that would allow companies to fire workers under [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Khalid el-Masri [JURIST news archive], a German national allegedly kidnapped in Macedonia in 2003, held by the CIA in Afghanistan and finally released [JURIST report] in 2004 and dumped in Albania, testified Monday before a European Parliament committee investigating possible US renditions [JURIST report] through Europe that he was [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Third Court of Appeals [official website] Monday threw out more than 30 subpoenas issued by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle [official website], who is investigating the political fundraising activities of former US House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Attorneys for [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers in the Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] fraud trial Monday finished their cross-examination of former Chief Financial Officer and lead government witness Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive], bringing to a conclusion his four-day stint on the witness stand. Fastow testified [JURIST report] that he had stolen [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Associated Press [media website] filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Defense [official website] seeking the release of records and identities of the more than 750 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since 2001, some 260 of which have been released. In the suit [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canada, the European Union, and several key supporters of a proposed UN Human Rights Council [JURIST news archive] are urging the United States to accept a compromise that would allow approval of a draft UN General Assembly resolution [PDF] while offering the US assurances that they hope will address [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the UN Security Council [official website] has expressed its approval of the African Union [official website] decision to extend the AU peacekeeping force mandate [Mail & Guardian report] for Darfur [JURIST news archive] by six months. The AU Peace and Security Council [AU backgrounder] announced [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe police Monday denied torture allegations [JURIST report] by suspects arrested and charged with plotting to overthrow the government and assassinate Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile]. Senior Assistant Commissioner Ronald Muderedzwa said only 11 people have been arrested [JURIST report], but continuing investigations into the stockpiled weapons found [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Four members of the Aryan Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder] prison gang go on trial Tuesday in California as the government attempts to bring an end to the white supremacist group. Altogether, twenty members of the gang face eventual trial in what has been described as one of the biggest capital [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The president of the NAACP [advocacy website] called on the US Justice Department Monday to block New Orleans mayoral elections currently scheduled [JURIST report] for April 22, saying they would be "illegal" because the state of Louisiana "cannot guarantee or provide some level of insurance that a substantial percentage [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] formally closed its war crimes case against former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, three days after he was found dead in his cell [JURIST report] over the weekend. The court, which had been trying the case [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] A resolution [PDF] introduced [floor statement] Monday in the US Senate by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] to censure President Bush over domestic spying [JURIST report] received only lukewarm approval from Feingold's fellow Democrats, preventing a floor vote and resulting in referral to the Senate Judiciary Committee [official [read more]

05:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Belarus [government website] authorities in Minsk Monday sentenced fifteen opposition activists to short jail terms as part of the government's latest effort to suppress opposition before Sunday's presidential elections. According to human rights monitors, the activists were not given access to lawyers during the court hearings and were [read more]

05:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The controversial UK Identity Cards Bill [official PDF text; JURIST news archive] will go back to the House of Lords [Commons Insistence on Disagreement, PDF] on Wednesday after Prime Minister Tony Blair's governing Labour Party won a critical vote in the House of Commons [official website] to back [read more]

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