Legal news from Monday, April 24, 2006
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Legal arguments began in Colchester, England, Monday in the court-martrial trial of four British soldiers accused of killing an Iraqi prisoner in the southern Iraqi city of Basra in May 2003. The four soldiers are accused of forcing Ahmed Kareem, one of four Iraqi prisoners captured on suspicion of [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Monday rejected the option of deportation for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the US, asking Congress to keep in mind “that we are talking about human beings, decent human beings” as it prepared to take up the immigration reform [JURIST news archive] issue again after [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments in Brigham County v. Stewart [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], a case in which the Court will clarify the type of emergency situation required to justify a warrantless entry made by police without knocking [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Boston Monday dismissed [ruling, PDF] a suit filed in 2004 by twelve members of the US armed forces [JURIST report] represented by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) [advocacy website] challenging the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy [Wikipedia backgrounder; SLDN timeline, PDF] requiring them [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kenneth Lay [personal website; Houston Chronicle profile], former CEO and founder of Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive], told a jury Monday that the collapse of the company in 2001 has caused him "hurt and destruction and pain" on a level that compares, he said, to “absolutely nothing in [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Forty-nine leftist Philippines politicians, including six current lawmakers and former Senator Gregorio Honasan [Wikipedia profile], face charges of rebellion for allegedly conspiring with the Communist Party of the Philippines [Philippine Revolution profile] to kill and replace President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website], officials announced Monday. According to Senior State [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] began deliberations Monday on whether to spare his life or to execute him for conspiring in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 [JURIST news archive]. At the close of arguments at his sentencing trial in a courtroom in [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's King Gyanendra [official website; BBC profile] on Monday reinstated the Nepal House of Representatives, the lower house of parliament dissolved by the then prime minister in 2002, saying that the assembly would convene on Friday. In a televised address [transcript], Gyanendra said:Convinced that the source of State Authority [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi prosecutors Monday played in court a taped phone conversation allegedly between Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and co-defendant Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile], a former vice president, where the two discussed the situation in Dujail. The voice attributed to Ramadan reported the destruction of farmland and palm [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian prosecutors on Monday accused a Pakistani-born Australian immigrant of planning to bomb one of two targets in Sydney in one of the first cases to be tried under the country's new post 9/11 anti-terrorism laws [text]. Faheem Khalid Lodhi, who immigrated to Australia [JURIST news archive] in 1996, [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal [official website] warned the Nepal government [monarchy website] again that international standards governing police actions during times of civil unrest must be observed as part of Nepal's international legal obligations. The statement [text] [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Relatives of Polish victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder] are planning to file a complaint against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights [official website] to compel the government to disclose information about the killings perpetrated by the secret police. The government of Mikhail Gorbachev admitted [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a report [text; press release] released Monday, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [official website] criticized the efforts of countries around the world as ineffective in blocking the flow of people smuggled into countries, many of whom are sexually exploited or forced to work as slaves. [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of prominent physicists has urged President Bush not to use tactical nuclear weapons against Iran [JURIST news archive] in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text], after recent articles in the Washington Post [April 18 report] and the New Yorker [April 10 report] reported the administration's [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Evidence of prisoner abuse [JURIST news archive] in facilities operated by Iraq's Interior Ministry was discovered by US inspectors as recently as February 2006, according to a report in Monday's Washington Post. According to the article, a handful of prisoners showing the most severe signs of abuse in one [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Software giant Microsoft [corporate website] opened day one of an expected five-day appeals hearing [case docket] before the European Union's Court of First Instance [official website] by claiming that it should be allowed to both protect its intellectual property and enhance its programs. In March 2004, the European Commission [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] Monday called the use of lethal injections by US authorities "incompetent, negligent, and irresponsible" in a report [text] urging the federal government and the 37 out of 38 death penalty states that use that method of execution to suspend injections pending an assessment of [read more]

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