Legal news from Thursday, May 4, 2006
17:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney [official website] on Thursday called on the Belarus [JURIST news archive] government to release opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich [official website; Wikipedia profile], who was jailed [JURIST report] last week for attending an illegal demonstration. Calling Belarus the "last dictatorship in Europe," Cheney urged Belarus [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews [official website] introduced two anti-crime bills Thursday in the Canadian Parliament [official website] as the new Conservative party government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper made good on its January election promises to get tough on offenders. The first bill, the Mandatory Minimum Penalties Bill [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodia's Supreme Council of Magistracy on Thursday appointed 30 judges to preside over the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [KRT task force website; backgrounder], the joint Cambodia-UN tribunal that will try Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] leaders for genocide. Seventeen Cambodian and 13 international judges were selected, and [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Thursday that the committee will hold further hearings on the nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Democrats have called [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website, in Spanish] has sent a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small portions of such traditionally-illegal drugs as heroin, cocaine and marijuana back to Congress, reversing a statement from his office the day before that Fox would sign the bill into law [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Thursday rejected the petition [judgment text] of a group of British residents detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] appealing against the government's decision not to press the US government to release the detainees. The detainees asked the court [JURIST report] to compel the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema [official profile] has accepted the jury's recommendation [JURIST report] and sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] to life in prison without the possibility of release. After determining that Moussaoui was eligible for the death penalty [JURIST report] during the first phase of his sentencing [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] has passed the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 [HR 4975 summary], a bill to regulate lobbying and ethics, by a narrow 217-213 margin [roll call vote]. The bill imposes stricter reporting requirements on lobbyists and requires lawmakers to have privately-sponsored [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell [official profile] has denied claims by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] that the US and other Western governments were intentionally destroying Zimbabwe's international reputation, instead blaming poor government planning by Mugabe for the once-wealthy country's rapid collapse into [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] As the UN Committee Against Torture [official website] prepares to hold its review of US compliance with international laws banning torture, a US State Department lawyer said Thursday that the US does not outsource torture and claimed that allegations of secret flights and prisons are harming relations between the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] As the UN Committee Against Torture [official website] prepares to hold its review of US compliance with international laws banning torture, a US State Department lawyer said Thursday that the US does not outsource torture and claimed that allegations of secret flights and prisons are harming relations between the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] has passed a bill that, under the Federal Trade Commission Act, would impose stiff civil penalties and authorize jail sentences for officials from energy companies that engage in price gouging when selling gasoline or crude oil, by a 389-34 vote [roll call] [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Russia and China have expressed doubts about a draft UN Security Council resolution introduced Wednesday by France, Britain, and the United States. The resolution, invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter [text], mandates that Iran abandon uranium enrichment and contemplates the use of "further measures as may be [read more]

03:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Wednesday acknowledged the United States' use of rendition [JURIST news archive] flights but said that rendition was never used to transport a suspect to another country for the purpose of torture. Speaking at a news conference in Vienna after meeting [read more]

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