Legal news from Saturday, May 13, 2006
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Thailand's three highest courts Saturday called for the current members of the country's much-maligned Election Commission [official website] to resign ahead of new elections ordered earlier this week by the country's Constitutional Court [JURIST report] after the results of the April 2 general election [BBC report] [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile] told the BBC [recorded audio] Saturday that the government was considering introducing legislation that would prevent the Human Rights Act - the UK statute that took effect in 2000 implementing the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF] - from interfering with public [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The son of a top Iraqi judge was killed by gunmen Saturday and his body dumped in the mostly Sunni Baghdad neighborhood of Azamiyah. Twenty-two year old Ahmed Midhat al-Mahmoud was himself a lawyer and died along with two bodyguards. His father, Midhat al-Mahmoud, is the Shiite leader of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] has appealed [notice of appeal, PDF] both his life sentence [JURIST report] on conspiracy charges and US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's decision to deny his motion to withdraw his guilty plea [JURIST reports] and grant a new trial. Moussaoui was sentenced [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court in Tatarstan [official website] Friday sentenced two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and another man to between 11 and 15 years in prison for their involvement in a January 2005 gas pipeline explosion on the Volga River. The three had been acquitted in September [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has asked [DOJ press release] a federal court in Washington for a two-year extension [DOJ court filing] of a Microsoft antitrust order because the software giant has been slow to supply proper technical documentation to the licensees of its communications protocols. [read more]

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