Legal news from Monday, April 10, 2006
19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Democrats will ask a federal judge Tuesday to order Republican Party and White House officials to answer questions in response to a civil lawsuit alleging voter fraud committed during the 2002 New Hampshire phone jamming plot [Wikipedia backgrounder]. During the trial of James Tobin [SourceWatch profile], President Bush's 2004 [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] A New York judge Monday imposed a 10-day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine for criminal contempt against transit union president Roger Toussaint [profile], who called for an illegal strike in December 2005 [Wikipedia backgrounder] that shut down New York's subways and buses. The judge will allow Toussaint to [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court ruled Monday that the Russian Human Rights Research Center [advocacy website], a major human rights umbrella group, will remain open despite increased government control over NGOs. The Russian Justice Ministry [official website, in Russian] had requested [JURIST report] that the court close down the Center based [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] US officials Monday denied [AP report] a report by Seymour Hersh published in the New Yorker that the Bush administration is drawing up plans for military strikes against Iran [JURIST news archive] that would use nuclear weapons to destroy the country's nuclear facilities and prevent Iran from gaining the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pro-democracy demonstrators in Nepal [JURIST news archive] marched in the streets again on Monday for a fifth straight day to protest the direct rule government of King Gyanendra [official website], defying curfews [JURIST report], tear gas and rubber bullets. Local press reports say that "scores" of protestors were injured [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the former president of Liberia indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website], will challenge a prosecutor's motion that seeks to move his trial from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to The Hague in the Netherlands, his British lawyer [JURIST report] [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] testified in his own defense on Monday, asserting that he is "absolutely innocent" of fraud and conspiracy charges [PDF indictment; US DOJ trial materials] and added that he would "fight those charges until the day I [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge on Monday overturned laws [Home Office backgrounder] designed to fight the rising number of "sham marriages" [Telegraph report] within the United Kingdom, ruling that the rules discriminated against immigrants and were incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF text]. The laws, which [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Protests continued at 32 of France's 84 universities Monday, despite separate announcements [JURIST report] from French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin earlier in the day that the section of a recently-enacted law [JURIST document] on equality of opportunity establishing the so-called First Employment Contract (contrat [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush defended his decision to declassify intelligence regarding the Iraq war Monday, responding to allegations of wrongdoing revealed during the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. Addressing students and foreign policy analysts at Johns Hopkins University, the president explained that he declassified portions of an October 2002 National [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Large numbers of immigrants and supporters assembled in cities across the United States Monday for a National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice [advocacy website], urging lawmakers to make it easier for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to live in the country legally. The demonstrations come in [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Bob Taft [official website] is set to face a second round of disciplinary action for failing to report gifts that he received while in office. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel [official website], part of the Ohio Supreme Court [official website] tasked with monitoring lawyer behavior, said Monday [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the European Union [official website] Council of Foreign Ministers has voted to suspend economic aid to the Palestinian Authority [JURIST news archive] on the grounds that EU law forbids the funding of terrorist organizations and recently elected political organization Hamas has failed to distance itself [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Americans reported a record $183 million lost to Internet fraud in 2005, a 169 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new report published by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) [official website]. In its 2005 Internet Crime Report [PDF text; FBI press release], the IC3, a [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union on Monday approved a travel ban [PDF press release] on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko [official website, BBC profile] and 30 other top government officials in response to his government's crackdown on political protesters [JURIST report] following the widely criticized March 19 elections [JURIST report]. The ban [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] National Guard Major Harry Schmidt is suing the US Air Force for violating his privacy after it published a letter of reprimand [text] for his involvement in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan [CBC backgrounder]. On April 18, 2002 Schmidt and another pilot killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan [JURIST [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] said Monday that he will provide a statement [press release] to the judicial inquiry [Cole Commission official website] into Australia's involvement in the oil-for-food scandal [JURIST news archive], offering to appear before the panel if necessary. Led by retired judge Terence Cole [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The first voters will cast their ballots Monday in New Orleans municipal elections [JURIST news archive] under Louisiana's displaced voters plan [Sec. of State materials], after a federal judge refused to delay elections late last month. Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] evacuees who are currently residing outside Louisiana will [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominque de Villepin said in separate statements Monday in Paris following a morning meeting [JURIST report] that the First Employment Contract (contrat premiere embauche, CPE) [JURIST news archive] established in a recent law [JURIST document] would be "replaced" with other measures designed [read more]

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