Legal news from Friday, March 31, 2006
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that the Swedish government has accepted [ICTY statement] its invitation to conduct an audit of the Scheveningen detention unit [BBC backgrounder] outside of The Hague where Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] died [JURIST [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] sparred Friday at a hearing [agenda and statements] on a resolution [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] put forward by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] to censure President Bush for his approval of the National Security Agency’s domestic wiretapping program [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Desmond de Silva told the Associated Press in an interview Friday that Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is being closely guarded by UN peacekeepers from Mongolia and Ireland as he awaits a war crimes trial. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The EU on Friday extended its deadline for Serbia [JURIST news archive] to hand over wanted war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile] to April 30 after chief ICTY prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC News profile, JURIST news archive] confirmed the country's willingness to cooperate with [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official profile] said Friday that he will sign the First Employment Contract (CPE) [text], a controversial labor law which, in its current form, includes a provision allowing employers to hire workers under 26 for a conditional two-year period at the end of which they can [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Tony Rudy [SourceWatch backgrounder], former deputy chief of staff and press secretary to US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website, JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy Friday. Rudy admitted to working with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff [BBC Q&A, JURIST report], among other people, to corrupt [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a verdict upholding gender equality, the Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] ruled Thursday that men can no longer divorce their wives on grounds of the latter's infertility. A special bench of the court declared a provision in the 43-year old Civil Code relating to husband and wife [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors on Friday charged General Wojciech Jaruzelski [BBC profile] with "organizing crimes of a military nature" and "carrying out crimes that consisted of the deprivation of freedom through internment" for his imposition of martial law [Polish government backgrounder] in Poland on December 13, 1981. The charges, which prosecutors [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] has called for the United Nations [official website] to reduce the number of reports it produces each year as part of his ongoing UN reform [JURIST news archive, UN materials] agenda first announced in March 2005. In a report [text and resources] delivered [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] has unanimously passed a bill that would pardon Rosa Parks [TIME profile] and others arrested for violating segregation-era laws. Under the proposal, arrest records of those pardoned would not be removed from the public record, but instead would be sent to the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC], the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture [official website], has said that he is certain that the United States has secret detention facilities in Europe [JURIST news archive] and has demanded access to the facilities. In an interview with the Associated Press Thursday, Nowak cited [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI has said that it will look into allegations of illegal activities connected to the distribution of millions of dollars worth of Red Cross [official website] supplies in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The announcement [Red Cross press release] comes in the midst of a [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Transportation Security Administration lawyer who allegedly coached government witnesses [JURIST report] in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial [JURIST news archive] and nearly scuttled the prosecution's case is under criminal investigation by the US Attorney's Office in Philadelphia and "may very well" face charges, according to newly-unsealed minutes of [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy [LII profile] on Thursday urged greater attention to reports of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region [HRW materials]. In a speech to the annual meeting [agenda] of the American Society of International Law [official website] in Washington, DC, Kennedy said that lawyers have a [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Over 780 new allegations of clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] were reported to the US Catholic Church in 2005, though a majority of the claims relate to incidents which occurred in past decades, according to a new audit released Thursday by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops [official [read more]

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