Legal news from Tuesday, April 18, 2006
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments in United States v. Gonzalez-Lopez [Duke case backgrounder; merit briefs], where the court will decide whether a defendant is guaranteed a new trial under the Sixth Amendment right to counsel if a trial court improperly [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; JURIST news archive] suggested Tuesday that the country's emergency laws will be extended before they expire in June. Mubarak said that a nearly two-year gap between the expiration of the emergency provisions and new anti-terror legislation that could result from delays in the [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The attorneys general of New Jersey and California [JURIST news archives] said Tuesday that they will file a lawsuit against tobacco manufacturers over payments they allege are due to them under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) [text]. New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber [official profile] said the state's [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) [official website] said Tuesday that the panel has submitted a lengthy interrogatory to the US seeking information on the treatment of prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and in Afghanistan [JURIST news archives]. The CAT also demanded information about secret detention centers [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday threatened harsh punishments for any groups that oppose his government in an Independence Day speech. He said, "Anyone who dares go against the law ... dares lead any group of persons to embark on a campaign of violence [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The speaker of the Russian Duma [official website], Russia's lower house of parliament, said Tuesday that parliament would not hold another vote on whether to modify the constitution to allow the president to run for a third term. The Russian Constitution [English translation], adopted in 1993, limits presidents to [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge Tuesday said that US Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller [Wikipedia profile], the former commander of military intelligence at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison facility, can be called to testify at the upcoming trial of a sergeant accused of using dogs to abuse detainees at [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Yemen [JURIST news archive] are seeking the death penalty against Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal [BBC report], the alleged number two in the Yemen sect of al-Qaeda, who is being tried for plotting terrorist attacks [JURIST report] as part of an armed group. Ahdal is on trial with four [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] An opposition leader in Belarus [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that groups opposing the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] are proposing an international public trial to prosecute the regime's violations of Belarusian laws and the country's constitution [text]. Anatoly Lebedko [Wikipedia profile] said the court [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pro-democracy protests continued in Nepal [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday, with government employees being arrested for the first time and international pressure from India and several human rights groups being put on King Gyanendra [official website; BBC profile] to resolve the situation. An estimated 20,000 protesters filled the streets [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday ruled that North Carolina [JURIST news archive] officials could use a brain-wave monitor rather than have a doctor present to ensure a prisoner was not conscious during an execution by lethal injection. Lawyers for the inmate, Willie Brown Jr. [NCADP profile], said they would [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Alabama Legislature [official website] on Monday approved a bill that would pardon Rosa Parks [TIME profile], the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [King Center profile] and other civil rights activists convicted of violating Jim Crow laws in the state. Under an amendment to the bill, the arrest [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Indiana Democratic Party [party website] on Monday said it would appeal a federal judge's ruling [JURIST report] that a state law requiring voters to show photo identification is valid. Party Chairman Daniel Parker said the ruling "glossed over" details and questioned whether Public Law 109-2005 [PDF text], passed [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A New York judge on Monday ordered Transport Union Workers Local 100 [official website] to pay $2.5 million in fines for illegally going on strike in December, bringing New York City's public transport system to a halt. Judge Theodore Jones also suspended automatic dues collection by the union. Jones [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, last minute opposition from the UN representatives of both Russia and China has blocked the imposition of proposed UN sanctions [JURIST report] against four Sudanese officials accused of intentionally delaying the peace process in the war-torn Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. Russian Ambassador to the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UK government said Monday that it plans to intervene in a case brought by a group of British citizens against Saudi Arabian officials who allegedly tortured them to argue that foreign officials who torture British citizens abroad should not be subject to civil lawsuits in British courts. The [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A city court in Siberia where former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] is currently in prison ruled Tuesday that his 5-day transfer to solitary confinement earlier this year was unlawful. Khodorkovsky [defense website] was temporarily held in an isolated cell after prison officials found Justice [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue [official website] signed into law [press release] Monday a bill cracking down on illegal immigration that will prevent illegal aliens from receiving many of the state's services paid for by taxpayers. The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act [text] implements new requirements for contractors doing [read more]

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