Legal news from Saturday, April 15, 2006
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] has been hospitalized in Russia after being stabbed in the face by another prisoner while he slept, Khodorkovsky's lawyer Yury Schmidt said Saturday. The injury to Khodorkovsky's left nostril required stitches, but the Federal Prison Service dismissed [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website] has overturned the convictions of three men found guilty [JURIST report; verdict, PDF] last year of collaborating with or belonging to al Qaeda in connection with the Sept. 11 terror attacks [JURIST news archive]. The three men, Driss Chebli, Sadik Merizak, and Abdelaziz [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Belarus [JURIST news archive] opposition politician and former foreign economic relations minister Mikhail Marinich [Wikipedia profile] was released from prison Friday, after having served nearly two years of a two and a half year sentence. Arrested in April 2004 and convicted of theft of equipment the US government provided [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Eight thousand pro-democracy protesters [JURIST news archive] assembled in Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu Saturday in the largest demonstration against the rule of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] since the current round of protests began over a week ago. An alliance of seven opposition political parties, including the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pointing to a letter written by lawyers representing Zacarias Moussaoui and a motion filed with the court by federal public defenders who represented Richard Reid [BBC profile], the so-called "shoe bomber," US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema on Friday vacated a previous order [order, PDF] requiring Reid to testify [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Sarah Evans Barker [official profile] of the Southern District of Indiana issued an opinion [PDF text] Friday upholding a 2005 law [Public Law 109-2005, PDF text] enacted by the Indiana General Assembly [official website] that requires most voters to present a valid, government-issued photo identification card [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] in a 2-1 decision [opinion, PDF; dissent, PDF] Friday ruled that a Los Angeles ordinance that subjects the homeless to arrest if they are caught "sitting, lying or sleeping on public sidewalks" violates the prohibition against cruel and [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers familiar with the case of former University of South Florida computer science professor Sami al-Arian [advocacy website; JURIST report] said Friday that the Kuwait-born Palestinian activist had agreed to a deal with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a lesser terrorism-related charge of conspiring to [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] kept tabs on the 2002 interrogations of Mohamed al-Qahtani [Wikipedia profile], the so-called "20th hijacker" from the Sept. 11 attacks, every week at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to a report [subscription required] from Salon.com. The online magazine used a Freedom [read more]

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