Legal news from Saturday, March 18, 2006
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] French students and workers took to the streets Saturday in protest over the recent passage of a new labor law which allows employers to fire people at will under the age of 26 during the first two years of their employment. 500,000 protesters gathered in more than 150 demonstrations [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Uganda JURIST news archive] have summoned opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] to question him about alleged electoral law violations during last month's elections [JURIST report]. Besigye purportedly waved the lid of the ballot box at the polling station where he placed his vote, and if true, [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US forces abused Iraqi detainees long before the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2004, the New York Times reported Saturday. An elite special forces unit formerly known as Task Force 121 and now known as Task Force 6-26 converted one of Saddam Hussein's former military bases near the Baghdad [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein has rejected a suggestion from his lawyers to transfer his trial [JURIST news archive] out of Iraq, claiming "I was born in Iraq and I want to die there," according to Jordanian lawyer Salah al-Armuti in an interview with the Al-Sharqu Al-Awsat newspaper. Hussein's lawyers have repeatedly [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the Philippine army said Saturday that 15 army officers, including Brigadier-General Danilo Lim, commander of the Philippines' elite Scout Ranger regiment, will face courts-martial for violations of the military's Articles of War in conjunction with last month's alleged attempted coup [JURIST report]. Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian officials released dissident journalist Akbar Ganji [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website] from jail late Friday evening. It is currently unclear whether Ganji will have to return to prison for a few more days. Though Ganji's lawyer said his sentence ended March 17, a senior judiciary figure said Ganji is [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Over 50,000 mourners gathered in front of the parliament building in Belgrade Saturday to mourn the death of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], who last week was found dead in his prison cell [JURIST report] at The Hague where he was on trial for genocide and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge James Ware of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] Friday ruled [PDF text] that internet search giant Google [corporate backgrounder] must hand over the addresses of 50,000 randomly selected websites indexed by its search engine. The ruling was the latest development in [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the professional association of Egyptian jurists known as The Judges Club demonstrated in Cairo Friday, calling for greater judicial independence in Egypt [JURIST news archive] and denouncing the government's order to interrogate six judges who were stripped of judicial immunity [JURIST report] after speaking out against December [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing victims of the 9/11 attacks said Friday that Transportation Security Administration lawyer Carla J. Martin, alleged to have coached witnesses [JURIST report] and disclosed part of the government's case in violation of a sequestration order [PDF] in the trial against Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive], did so [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kinderstart.com [corporate backgrounder], a directory and search engine focused on children zero to seven, filed suit against Google [corporate backgrounder] Friday in federal court in San Jose, accusing the high-profile search engine of unexpectedly dropping the site's search rank, leading to a 70 percent fall in page views and [read more]

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