Legal news from Monday, May 1, 2006
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of thousands of US immigrants boycotted work and participated in protests across the country Monday as part of the "Day Without Immigrants" [advocacy website], a nationwide, day-long effort to influence the ongoing immigration reform [JURIST news archive] debate in Congress. Those boycotting work mostly consisted of Hispanic immigrants, [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The retrial of two Enron [JURIST news archive] broadband executives on conspiracy and fraud charges is set to begin Tuesday, nearly a year after a jury acquitted five former executives [JURIST report] on some charges and failed to reach a verdict on several others. Lawyers for former accountant Michael [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] South Africa [JURIST news archive] is considering how to handle the recent declassification [Sunday Independent report] of a 1992 report made by a top general to former South Africa President FW de Klerk [Nobel profile] detailing involvement by the South African military in unofficial violence during the final years [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Istanbul Bar Association [official website, in Turkish] has urged the Turkish government to withdraw proposed anti-terror legislation, warning that the bill could harm freedom, while adding nothing to the previously adopted Turkish Penal Code [JURIST report]. The Bar Association, in a written statement made Friday, argued that the [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Over 1,000 protesters gathered in Minsk Monday to call for the release of opposition politicians in Belarus [JURIST news archive], including Alexander Milinkevich [official website; Wikipedia profile], who was jailed [JURIST report] last week for attending an illegal demonstration. Milinkevich and several other opposition politicians were detained [JURIST report] [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Monday in Marshall v. Marshall [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], 04-1544, that federal courts can in some cases decide disputes which involve state probate laws. In overturning a decision [PDF text] from the US Court of Appeals for [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Monday in three cases, including Holmes v. South Carolina [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], 04-1327, where the Court struck down a South Carolina rule which prevented Holmes from introducing evidence that a third party committed the crimes for [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has sentenced former University of South Florida computer science professor Sami Al-Arian [advocacy website; JURIST report] to another 18 months in prison before being deported after Al-Arian pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in the terrorism case last month. US District Judge James S. Moody formally imposed the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Shiite leaders in Iraq have indicated that they are willing to give up control of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, beleaguered in recent months by allegations of prisoner abuse [JURIST report] and death squads [JURIST report]. During negotiations on the formation of a new Iraqi government, Shiite representatives offered to [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] agreed Monday to consider a petition to void the country's April 2 general election [BBC report] after Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej [official profile] called on the court last week to take a more active role [JURIST report] in resolving the country's ongoing [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile; JURIST news archive] headed to Darfur [JURIST news archive] Monday as she continued a five-day visit to Sudan to press the government to end the violence and address rights abuses in the region. UN spokesman Jose Diaz says reports [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Senator John Danforth [profile] has called [speech transcript] a Republican-sponsored constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] "silly," saying the Republican party's stance calls for them to interpret the constitution narrowly rather than expansively. Speaking over the weekend to the Log Cabin Republicans [group website], [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection will begin Monday in the second trial [JURIST report] of John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile], who was convicted of one sniper shooting in Virginia but now faces six murder charges for killings in Maryland that occurred during the three-week shooting spree [BBC backgrounder] in the Washington, DC [read more]

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