Legal news from Tuesday, April 25, 2006
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council passed a resolution 12-0 Tuesday imposing sanctions on four individuals for acts or abuses committed in the troubled Darfur [JURIST news archive] region of Sudan and calling for the conclusion of a peace agreement for the area by the end of the month. China, the [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday considered whether a criminal defendant must prove a duress defense by a preponderance of the evidence or, instead, if the government must prove absence of duress beyond a reasonable doubt. In Dixon v. United States [Duke Law case [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a federal jury in California has found Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive] guilty of providing material support to terrorists [indictment, PDF] by attending an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan. Hayat was also found guilty of lying to investigators and faces a maximum sentence of [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller [official profile] said Tuesday that Denmark intended to turn down a request to take custody of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] should he be convicted of war crimes charges [indictment, PDF] by the Special Court for Sierra Leone [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website], said Tuesday that ICRC recommendations to US officials have resulted in considerable improvements in detention conditions at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Kellenberger told Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve, however, that problems remain with the terms [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Serbia [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday charged eight policemen for the killing of 48 Kosovar Albanians in the first weeks of the 1999 war in Kosovo [JURIST archive]. According to the indictment, the police officers are accused of shooting the 48 Albanians in the town of Suva [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) [official website] spokesman said Tuesday that the agency would introduce new rules to speed up the immigration process and prevent serious delays, apparently sidestepping a threat of mass lawsuits from Arab rights advocates. Although the spokesperson conceded that delays did occur in [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Intelligence Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2007 [HR 5020 summary], up for a vote in the US House this week, contains several provisions which would expand the authority [POGO letter] of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency [official websites] to crack down on unauthorized leaks of [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] As part of a larger response to record high gasoline prices, President George W. Bush on Tuesday announced [official transcript] that the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] would suspend certain rules governing the refining of gasoline. By avoiding additive requirements originally imposed to meet clean air requirements, the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, who was in charge of the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center [backgrounder] at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in 2003, will face charges in connection to the prison abuse scandal, a lawyer for Jordan said Tuesday. The lawyer, Samuel Spitzberg, said he [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Accused Saudi Al Qaeda operative Jabran Said bin al Qahtani, a prisoner at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], told a US military commission there Tuesday that the United States was an "enemy of God" and said he would prefer death to complying with the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa on Tuesday repeated his threats that government soldiers and police will use deadly force if necessary to thwart any protests organized by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile]. Mutasa was reported to have made similar statements [ZimOnline report] earlier this [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. [official profile] on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case of Umer Hayat, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his son's alleged terrorism-related activities, after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict after almost two weeks of deliberations. [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile], the deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court who is heading the UN's independent investigation [UN materials] into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], on Tuesday met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] to discuss Syria's alleged involvement [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday handed down opinions in two cases, including Northern Insurance v. Chatham County [Duke Law case backgrounder], 04-1618, where the Court held that an entity that is not entitled to immunity under the Eleventh Amendment cannot assert "residual sovereign [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Computer Associates [corporate website] CEO Sanjay Kumar pleaded guilty Monday to charges [press release; JURIST report] of securities fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with allegations that the company improperly booked $2.2 billion in revenue in 1999 and 2000. Kumar and former CA sales head Stephen [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] has refused to conduct a full court rehearing [order, PDF] of a three-judge panel's ruling [JURIST report] that a Mercer County, Kentucky courthouse display containing the Ten Commandments is constitutional. In the decision [PDF text] last December, the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Iran could be the target of a new UN Security Council [official website] resolution mandating compliance with an International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] order that Iran cease production of enriched uranium [BBC report]. US, UK, and French officials have reportedly met and agreed on [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Yemeni al Qaeda member Khaled Mohammed Abdullah al-Batati, one of the 23 prisoners who escaped from prison in February [JURIST report], has turned himself in to authorities. Al-Batati, the eighth escapee to turn himself in, was serving a three-year sentence [JURIST report] for plotting an attack upon the British [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition political parties in Nepal on Tuesday formally ended several weeks of pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] after King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] ordered the reinstatement of parliament [JURIST report] on Monday. Leaders from the seven-party opposition alliance said that they wanted Nepali Congress [party website] leader Girija [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The chief military prosecutor for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], USAF Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF], Monday announced plans to charge an additional two dozen Guantanamo detainees and to seek the death penalty against several. Three of the 10 detainees originally charged are in the midst of pre-trial [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] DC sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad [Wikipedia profile] agreed Monday to allow three attorneys to stand by and provide advice upon request when he begins representing himself at his trial [JURIST report], set to begin May 1. Maryland Judge James L. Ryan granted the defendant's request [JURIST report] to [read more]

05:04 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Former president of Liberia Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is being requested to testify at the trial of a Dutch timber trader indicted for facilitating the import of weapons to Liberia in exchange for timber, a violation of a UN arms embargo. Dutch prosecutors assert that [read more]

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