Legal news from Wednesday, March 15, 2006
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Government prosecutors in the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing trial [JURIST news archive] asked US District Judge Leonie Brinkema late Wednesday to reconsider her Tuesday order [PDF] prohibiting the government from presenting the aviation portion of its case, including witnesses, testimony, and exhibits. Brinkema barred the evidence after being informed [JURIST [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Denmark's Director of Public Prosecutions [official website, in English] Henning Fode has decided not to press criminal charges against Jyllands-Posten [media website], the Danish newspaper that first published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] which last month set off worldwide protests amongst Muslims leading to multiple deaths, [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Four former senior Kenyan government officials and a top businessman are to be charged with corruption for their roles in a $1 billion scam known as the Goldenberg affair [BBC report; Wikipedia backgrounder]. The graft charges will be the first laid by the administration of President Mwai Kibaki [official [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission [official website] on Wednesday proposed a record $3.6 million fine against CBS, its stations and affiliates for violating decency standards [FCC materials] by airing a graphic sex scene in the program "Without a Trace." The recommendation [FCC notice, PDF] comes as the FCC resolved over [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe prosecutors have dropped charges against six men accused of a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile], according to lawyers involved in the case speaking Wednesday. Media reports originally indicated that eight men had been charged, but police said Wednesday the number was only seven, and that [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday convicted [press release; ICTY judgment summary] former Bosnian Muslim General Enver Hadzihasanovic and former Brigadier Amir Kubura for their failure to check or punish war atrocities [ICTY case backgrounder] [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer [official website] Wednesday launched a $250 million lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against H&R Block [corporate website], the largest tax preparation service in the US, for fraudulently coaxing its customers into a retirement account plan that lost them money. Spitzer said that money in the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] British police arrested five men on Wednesday for their suspected role in protests staged outside the Danish embassy in London on February 3 and 4 against the publication of Muhammad cartoons [JURIST news archive] that first appeared in a Danish newspaper in September 2005. The arrests follow weeks of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, a medical officer in the UK's Royal Air Force [official website], argued in a pre-trial military hearing Wednesday that his client was entitled to say in a court-martial defense against five charges of failing to comply with an order [JURIST report] to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the UN General Assembly [official website] has approved a resolution [JURIST document] creating a new Human Rights Council by a 170-4 vote, despite US opposition. The new rights body will replace the widely criticized Commission on Human Rights [official website]. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson's [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] monitored gatherings organized by the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice [advocacy website], an anti-war activist organization based in Pittsburgh, according to documents [press release; ACLU backgrounder] released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. The ACLU [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an unpublicized 18-page document circulated last year by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley [official profile], the Bush administration altered the Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information [current text effective 12/29/05; prior version], making changes which could allow the federal government to use sexual orientation [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] has directed the court's Trial Chamber to consider varying or lifting protective measures applied to certain materials in the case against former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in order to assist Dutch authorities and the Tribunal's own [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein formally testified in his own defense for the first time Wednesday at his trial [JURIST news archive] in Iraq, calling the Iraqi High Criminal Court a "comedy" before the hearing was closed to the public. Chief Judge Ra'uf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile] closed the courtroom after Hussein [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [BBC profile] said Wednesday that Israel plans to put a group of Palestinian prisoners [backgrounder] on trial for the 2001 killing of an Israeli tourism minister. The men were seized after Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian prison [JURIST report; IDF press release] in [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] More than 1,500 US federal judges have requested government-paid home security systems approved by Congress last year, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday. After a man broke into the home of District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow [official profile] and murdered her husband and mother [JURIST report] last March, the [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Almost 300 photographs and 19 videos showing abuse at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] have been published by Salon.com [report and photo archive], in what Salon says is the entire archive of Army photographic materials related to abuse at the Iraqi prison. The photos published Tuesday date back [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian lawyer for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile] has requested that Aziz be moved to Bakulev Heart Surgery Center in Moscow for heart treatment. Aziz is currently being held by US forces in Baghdad pending possible trial by the Iraqi High Criminal Court now [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian lawyer for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile] has requested that Aziz be moved to Bakulev Heart Surgery Center in Moscow for heart treatment. Aziz is currently being held by US forces in Baghdad pending possible trial by the Iraqi High Criminal Court now [read more]

05:03 EDT

[JURIST] A witness at the court-martial [JURIST report] of Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] dog handler Sgt. Michael J. Smith told a military jury Tuesday that he saw Smith using his black Belgian shepherd to terrify two teenage detainees in the area of the prison reserved for women and juveniles [read more]

04:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN officials from the Office of Administration of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal are urging the timely start of the genocide trial of aging Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] leaders, noting the weekend death of Slobodan Milosevic in the fifth year of his high-profile war crimes trial at The Hague. [read more]

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