Legal news from Saturday, April 1, 2006
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Documents showing Saddam Hussein's role in Iraq's 1987-1989 Anfal campaign [HRW backgrounder] against the Kurds are ready to be presented to the Iraqi High Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive], according to Jaafar Al Moussawi, the chief prosecutor in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], speaking to [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] French union and student leaders Saturday rejected as "unacceptable" a compromise offered by President Jacques Chirac [official profile] on the First Employment Contract (CPE) [text, in French; official backgrounder, in English; JURIST news archive], insisting they would continue public protests. Chirac announced [JURIST report] in a televised address [TF1 [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] defended the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in a news conference [transcript] Saturday with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] at the end of a UK visit. In response to questions on when Guantanamo might be closed, she insisted [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] sentencing trial is taking the weekend off after adjourning Friday, having not yet reached a verdict on whether the alleged al Qaeda terrorist should receive the death penalty [JURIST report]. The jury will resume its discussions Monday. Moussaoui pleaded guilty [read more]

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[JURIST] A New Jersey appeals court on Friday upheld [PDF opinion] a July 2005 trial court decision [PDF] to certify a nationwide class of plaintiffs suing the drug maker Merck [corporate website] for damages relating to its withdrawn drug Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The plaintiffs - consisting of health providers, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a speech in Los Angeles on Friday, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced [speech text] that the US Department of Justice, through its anti-gang initiative, will give out $15 million in grants to six areas to help fund their fight against gang violence. The eligible areas are Los [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Britain has circulated a draft resolution to fellow UN Security Council [official website] members that would permit the pending war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to be moved from Sierra Leone to The Hague. UK diplomats say Taylor's continued presence in [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] ruled Friday that Bosnia's main ethnic groups dominating the country's two semi-autonomous regions must discontinue use of ethnic symbols, including anthems, flags, and coats of arms adopted after the 1992-95 Bosnian war, because they were discriminatory. Serbs in the Republic [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush on Friday completed a two-day summit in Cancun with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper by once again calling on the US Congress [joint remarks transcript] to pass immigration reform legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States as [read more]

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