Legal news from Friday, May 5, 2006
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] encouraged the US on Friday to lead the world in advancing human rights in a speech [text] at George Washington University, and criticized the Bush administration for deciding not to seek a position [JURIST report] to the new UN Human Rights Council [official [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST [academic website], the non-commercial legal news and research service powered by law students led by Professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law [academic website], is in a dead heat with US legal television network Court TV [corporate website] in the final hours of public [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) [official website], chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released a report [PDF text] by the Law Library of Congress on Friday showing that several countries have harsher policies for illegal immigrants and their employers than the US. Sensenbrenner, the primary sponsor of a House-passed [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile], representing himself, began questioning witnesses Friday in his second trial [JURIST report] involving the three-week shooting spree [BBC backgrounder] in the Washington, DC area in 2002. Jury selection in the trial began on Monday [JURIST report]. In his opening statement, Muhammad portrayed himself as [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards on Friday criticized new Bush administration rules that make it easier for law enforcement officials to wiretap Internet phone calls during arguments in front of the federal appeals court in Washington, DC. The Federal Communications Commission [official website] created the new rules [FCC [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [BBC profile] was dropped from Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet in a major cabinet shuffle [PM materials; BBC backgrounder] Friday and was replaced [press release] by John Reid [official profile], who formerly served as Defence Secretary. The shuffle, which also saw UK Foreign Secretary [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian jury on Friday acquitted two Chechens in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov [Wikipedia profile; Economist obituary], who was the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition when he was shot and killed in 2004. Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, charged with shooting Klebnikov, were acquitted after [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Porter Goss [official profile], director of the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] has resigned. Goss, a former CIA and Army intelligence officer who chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence while a member of Congress, was nominated and approved by the Senate [JURIST [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] said Friday that it would not reconsider its decision [text; JURIST report] ruling invalid a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris USA [corporate website] in a case where the tobacco company had been found liable for defrauding customers into believing that light cigarettes [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of State legal adviser John Bellinger [official profile] defended US policies on the treatment of detainees as the UN Committee against Torture [official website] began its review Friday of US compliance with the Convention against Torture [text]. During the first of two days of hearings, the committee [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court has ruled that officials at the Siberian prison holding former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] unfairly punished him in December by reprimanding him for leaving a prison workshop without receiving permission. The court has already annulled the reprimand once, but an appeals [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the newly formed political cabinet [JURIST report] in Nepal has agreed on the membership of a judicial commission that will investigate state police and security force actions during pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] last month that led to the capitulation of King Gyanendra [official profile], [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] on Thursday added a provision to the 2007 defense spending bill which would require the Bush administration to provide "a US government coordinated legal opinion on whether certain specified interrogation techniques would constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under the Detainee [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian police on Thursday arrested three people suspected of helping war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] evade authorities seeking to arrest him and turn him over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] for trial. Mladic's fugitive status has been [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jury members in the Moussaoui sentencing trial [JURIST news archive; case docket] recommended a life sentence [JURIST report] for convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui because several jurors believed that Moussaoui only played a minor role in the plot and there were questions about whether the death penalty [JURIST [read more]

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