Legal news from Monday, March 20, 2006
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] French labor and student groups Monday called a day of strikes for March 28 [CGT strike call, in French] after the French goverment refused to withdraw its recently passed First Employment Contract (CPE) [FAQ, in French], which allows French employers to hire workers under the age of 26 for [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The court-appointed advocates for the late Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] have asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] to release secret medical files that may provide further information on Milosevic's death. British barristers Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins say they are acting at the [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments on whether unsworn non-testimonial statements made by crime victims to 911 operators or to police officers at crime scenes are inadmissible at trials of criminal defendants. In the cases of Davis v. Washington [Duke Law [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Somali advocacy group claimed Monday that the US Navy was illegally present in Somali waters when its ships launched an unprovoked attack on a small vessel over the weekend, taking twelve occupants into custody. The Navy said the vessel was being investigated for suspected piracy when it unexpectedly [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of Frank Quattrone [profile], one of the dot-com era's most prominent investment bankers, on charges [indictment, PDF] of obstruction of justice and witness tampering on the grounds that the jury instructions were erroneous, court officials said Monday. Quattrone, who made as [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A District Court in Belgrade said Monday it would close an outstanding case against late Yugoslav ex-president Slobodan Milosevic for "organizing the murder" of former Serbian president Ivan Stambolic, according to private news agency BETA [media website in Serbian]. A court spokesman said the case, which opened in 2004 [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] declined certiorari in several high-profile appeals Monday but did not agree to consider any new cases. In Tucker v. United States, the Court refused to consider the appeal of former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker [profile], who wanted to withdraw his 1998 guilty [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] As anticipated [JURIST report], Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch backgrounder], founder of the militant Union of Patriotic Congolese [Global Security backgrounder], appeared in the International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive] at The Hague Monday, accused of using child soldiers [BBC report] in the violence-plagued Ituri district [HRW backgrounder]. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Trial proceedings began Monday in Turkey for Syrian al Qaeda militant Loa'i Mohammad Haj Bakr al-Saqa [BBC report], who is charged with masterminding and securing finances for the November 2003 bombings in Istanbul [BBC report]. Security forces say that al-Saqa was a bomb making expert and a top figure [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, an Afghani man is on trial for criminal charges punishable by death related to his conversion from Islam to Christianity over 16 years ago while working for a Christian aid organization in Pakistan. Abdul Rahman has been charged with converting to a "false religion" under [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Libyan leader Colonel Muhamar Gaddafi [BBC profile] has declared that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] remains the legal leader of Iraq, citing the US-led invasion of the country as "a war waged against the wishes of the United Nations." In an interview with an Italian television news program, Gaddafi, [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] International election observers said Monday that this weekend's elections in Belarus [JURIST news archive], which secured a third term for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile], were "severely flawed" and failed to meet democratic standards. Lukashenko, whom the Bush administration has referred to as "the last dictator [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive], US government lawyers discussed ways to search the homes and businesses of suspected terrorists without court approval at the same time they debated warrantless electronic surveillance [JURIST news archive], according to a report in the current issue [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The last annual meeting [UN backgrounder] of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] in Geneva was delayed [press release] again Monday as the body waits for a procedural vote by the UN Economic and Social Council [official website] in order to proceed. The Commission met for only [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] will resume on Monday after being stayed [JURIST report] last week to allow for investigation of misconduct by Transportation Security Administration [official website] lawyer Carla Martin. Defense attorneys are set to cross-examine FBI Agent Harry Samit, who has testified that [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz [official profile] said Monday that the country's military would not go on a "witch hunt" as it investigates the involvement of army soldiers in last month's failed coup attempt [JURIST report] against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive]. Cruz did indicate, [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Lord Falconer [official profile] has suggested that new laws should be enacted requiring loans to political parties to be publicly disclosed. In letters to all UK political parties, Lord Falconer has proposed that a ban on secret party loans [read more]

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