Legal news from Tuesday, May 2, 2006
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] on Tuesday released new US Army documents [document list] it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act action purportedly showing that officials had knowledge of reports of abuse at detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan [JURIST news archives] before photos from Abu [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] No proof exists that the CIA used secret prisons in eastern Europe for terror suspects, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana [official profile] said Tuesday. Solana, the high representative for common foreign and security policy in the EU, also told the European Parliament [official website] that he lacked the [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The dominant Sunni Arab political party Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) [Wikipedia backgrounder] on Tuesday called for a leading role on a legislative committee that will consider possible amendments to the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] in upcoming months. Senior IAF official Iyad al-Samarrai said the IAF should lead the [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ten states sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] on Tuesday over new fuel economy standards the agency adopted in March [JURIST report]. The states, led by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official profile], are arguing that the new standards for 2008-2011 under the Corporate Average [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 111 opposition politicians, rights activists, aid workers and journalists went on trial Tuesday in Ethiopia on charges [JURIST report] of treason, inciting violence and attempting to commit genocide, despite calls from human rights groups for their release. If convicted, the defendants could receive the death penalty. [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] has launched a judicial inquiry [press release] into the 1985 Air India terrorist bombing [CBC backgrounder] that killed 329 people, most of them Canadians, on a flight over the North Atlantic. The bombing was the largest single modern terror attack before September [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, BBC profile] has resigned his position, removing the last legal hurdle to the formation of a new Italian government [official website] under Prime Minister-elect Romano Prodi [BBC profile, campaign website, in Italian]. Berlusconi has been asked to stay [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Administrative Court of Thailand [official website] said Tuesday that it will probably release a decision in mid-May on whether the country's April 2 general election [BBC report] should be annulled. Considering its overlapping jurisdiction with two other Thai courts, including the Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] which [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US courts approved 1,773 requests for wiretaps last year in state and federal investigations, a four percent increase from the prior year, according to the 2005 Wiretap Report [PDF text; table of contents] released Monday by the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official website]. In state courts, wiretap [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US has urged Nigeria against amending [JURIST report; proposed amendments text, PDF] its constitution [text] to allow current President Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile] to run for a third term in office. In an unusual statement, the US Embassy in Abujah [official website] said the US "respects the right [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The trial for former Alabama Governor Donald Siegelman [campaign website; official profile] and former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] begins Tuesday as the pair face federal bribery and racketeering charges [JURIST report]. Siegelman is accused of accepting bribes from contractors to award state work, and [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile; BBC profile] expressed support Tuesday for a proposed immigration law [JURIST report; legislative materials], but indicated that its language could be amended after meeting over the weekend with leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches in France, who oppose the bill. [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive] Monday denounced what it called US 'threats' of possible military action against it in connection with its development of nuclear technology as illegal and urged UN action. Iranian ambassador to the UN Javad Zarif [official profile] said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A Turkish appeals court has rejected a prosecutor's recommendation and has ruled that charges still stand against Hrant Dink, a high-profile Turkish-Armenian journalist and editor of the newspaper Agos [media website] who has written about the killings of an estimated million Ottoman Armenians [ANI backgrounder] in the early [read more]

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