Legal news from Wednesday, April 12, 2006
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday approved Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1 [PDF text; notice], which permits attorneys to cite unpublished opinions in the federal circuit courts. The new rule does not dictate the precedential value that circuits can assign to unpublished opinions, [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Forum for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia has increased lobbying efforts to convince national leaders that Liberia needs to set up its own war crimes court in response to the controversy surrounding the trial of former president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] A British court on Wednesday held that procedures undertaken to restrain a suspected terrorist under the UK's Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) [text; Wikipedia backgrounder] breached the suspect's human rights. Although the court did not say that it was illegal for UK Home Office Secretary Charles Clarke to authorize [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Justice Minister Roberto Castelli [official profile] said Wednesday that the Italian government would not validate Milan prosecutor Armando Spataro's request to extradite from the United States 22 CIA agents allegedly responsible for the 2003 kidnapping and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the sentencing trial [case docket] of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard the cockpit audio recording [transcript, PDF] of the moments before United Airlines Flight 93 [National Park Service website] slammed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, as federal prosecutors rested their case that [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese dissident Li Jianping went on trial Wednesday in China's Shandong province, facing charges [indictment, in Chinese] of "incitement to subvert state power" for allegedly posting pro-democracy articles on the Internet. According to Human Rights in China [advocacy website], he was arrested [press release] in May 2005 for posting [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have decided to drop its appeal in a case where the government sought to maintain a gag order to conceal the identity of a library that was subject to FBI demands for library patron records under the USA PATRIOT Act [JURIST news archive]. The American Civil Liberties [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese riot police shot and killed a pro-democracy protester and arrested twenty-nine journalists and five human rights activists on Wednesday in the seventh straight day of pro-democracy demonstrations [JURIST news archive] aimed at ending the direct rule government of King Gyanendra [official website]. The shooting in Nawalparasi, a town [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website] celebrated its 60th anniversary [ICJ anniversary website] Wednesday, holding a solemn sitting at the Hague. The ICJ is the highest legal body in the United Nations and has served as a judicial intermediary between member states since the end of World War [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The new Canadian Conservative Party [party profile] government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website; JURIST news archive] tabled its Federal Accountability Act [C-2 bill summary; full bill text] in the House of Commons [official website] on Tuesday. The sweeping legislation [CBC report] and the accompanying action plan [text], [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official profile] signed a ground-breaking healthcare bill [text as passed; JURIST report] into law Wednesday, under which almost all residents, including the state's 550,000 uninsured, are required to obtain healthcare coverage. Romney also used his line-item veto power [press release], however, to override eight portions [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) [official website] in a 2002 memorandum of understanding [PDF text] with three federal agencies agreed to reclassify approximately 10,000 public intelligence documents, taking them out of the public view. NARA made the agreement available [press statement] Monday, naming two of the three [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision [text; JURIST report] holding that Australian terror suspect David Hicks [JURIST news archive] should be granted British citizenship, dismissing an appeal [JURIST report] from Britain's Home Office [official website]. Hicks has been held at the US detention [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi High Criminal Court chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], who is presiding over the trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Wednesday that Hussein and one of his co-defendants, Hussein's half-brother and former Baath official Barzan Ibrahim [Trial Watch profile], have refused to submit [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, the UK Court of Appeal has overturned a lower tribunal's decision [JURIST report] to block the removal of failed asylum applicants to Zimbabwe where human rights agencies and NGOs allege that they face torture and inhumane treatment at the hands of Zimbabwe's security forces. The [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a joint statement issued late Tuesday, US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] said they would reexamine two provisions of a contentious immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives [JURIST report] last year "to produce a strong [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of a request [press release, PDF] from the UN-supported Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] that the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] be transferred for security reasons, members of the UN Security Council said Tuesday that they [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US government on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court panel to remove District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth [official profile] from a case involving the alleged mismanagement of American Indian money [DOI Indian Trust Fund website] by the US Department of the Interior [official website] to [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website], the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday approved compromise labor legislation [legislative materials] to replace the controversial First Employment Contract (contrat premiere embauche, CPE) [JURIST news archive], the youth jobs plan that prompted weeks of protests [JURIST report] across France. The new proposal [read more]

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