Legal news from Thursday, April 27, 2006
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Republican leadership of the US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday postponed debate on the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 [HR 4975 summary] in order to allow more time for the bill's supporters to secure enough votes to pass the legislation. Congress has taken up [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Internet journalist Yang Tianshui, a member of China's chapter of International PEN [advocacy website], an association that promotes freedom of speech, faces up to 15 years in jail on charges that he attempted to "subvert state power" by posting essays on the Internet in favor of a movement [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Thursday that he is considering proposing legislation that would suspend funding for the NSA domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] if the Bush administration continues "walking all over Congress." Specter said that he [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] American-educated Saudi and alleged al Qaeda suspect Ghassan Abdullah al Sharbi [Wikipedia profile] denied before a pre-trial military commission hearing at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Thursday that he was guilty of war crimes [DOD charge sheet, PDF], but said he was "willing to pay the price" - possibly [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Several US states, cities, and environmental groups led by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website; press release] filed a lawsuit Thursday against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] claiming the EPA has violated [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [text] 4-3 Thursday that it is constitutional for a judge to require a convicted sex offender to turn over DNA samples to the Canadian National DNA Data Bank [official website], even if the offender was convicted before the enactment of the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] a motion to dismiss [PDF text] criminal charges against former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] in connection with the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. Libby had asked that the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Over one-third of documents held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) [official website] that have been removed from public access since 1999 should not have been reclassified, according to an audit [text and supporting materials] conducted by NARA's Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) [official website]. ISOO head [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] has not overlooked human rights abuses in its quest to find energy sources for its growing economy, a Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website] spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Qin Gang said China emphasized peace, cooperation and development and that trade with China actually helps improve conditions [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Belarusian opposition figure Alexander Milinkevich [official website; Wikipedia profile] was arrested Wednesday along with other demonstrators at a rally in Minsk, according to activists. About 7,000 opposition members gathered for what is traditionally the largest rally of the year in Belarus [JURIST news archive] on the anniversary of [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US Senate panel conducting an investigation into the federal response to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] has concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency [official website] should be abolished and replaced with a new federal agency [recommendations, PDF] with more authority over emergency preparedness. The bipartisan panel recommended [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, Uganda's chief prosecutor Simon Byabakama Mugenyi told the High Court where opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] is being tried on treason charges [JURIST report] that files detailing the intelligence gathering efforts against Besigye have been "misplaced." Mugenyi was supposed to produce the document [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Israeli activist group Peace Now [advocacy website] has condemned Wednesday's directive from Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Omert [BBC profile] to top security officials to block the gaps [official press release] in the controversial security fence [JURIST report; IDF official website] around Jerusalem. Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer says [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] At least 600 US troops have been linked to cases of abuse [press release], torture or killing of as many as 460 detainees at various detention facilities around the world, three human rights groups reported Wednesday. According to a report [text] from the Center for Human Rights and Global [read more]

05:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US military commission at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] holding a pre-trial hearing in the case against Algerian detainee Sufyian Barhoumi [HRF case summary] Wednesday rejected his motion to be moved to a less restrictive detention area. Barhoumi, who suffered wounds, including the loss of four fingers, in [read more]

05:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive; case docket] head into a fourth day of deliberations Thursday after no verdict was reached Wednesday. The jurors, who have been deliberating now for 16 hours over the past three days, asked for a dictionary Tuesday, but that [read more]

04:04 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The European Commission [official website] Wednesday adopted a proposal for a directive [press release] setting EU-wide criminal penalties for counterfeiting and other intellectual property offenses. If adopted in legislation by the European Parliament [official website], the directive requiring the imposition of four-year jail terms and a fine as [read more]

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