Legal news from Monday, May 22, 2006
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jury deliberations began Monday in the retrial [JURIST report] of two former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives from the fallen company's broadband department. Former CFO Kevin Howard and senior accounting director Michael Krautz [Houston Chronicle profiles] are being retried after their first trial ended in a hung jury in [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bushra Khalil, a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Monday that she believes Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], the Kurdish judge presiding over Hussein's trial [JURIST news archive], is harsher on her than other lawyers because she is a Shiite. Khalil was thrown out of court [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Legal experts with the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [advocacy website] have questioned the credibility of some of the Cambodian judges [AHRC statement] who have been approved to serve on a war crimes tribunal that will hear cases against former Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] leaders accused of genocide and [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs [organization website] is reportedly preparing a document that recommends a lawsuit against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] for allegedly inciting genocide with anti-Israel remarks [JCPA report]. A group of Israeli diplomats, including former UN Ambassador Dore Gold [JCPA profile], say [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The South Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) [official website] on Monday rejected an appeal of its antitrust decision against Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive]. In December, the KFTC issued a preliminary ruling [JURIST report; KFTC findings, PDF] that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position by bundling its [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Royal Dutch Shell PLC [corporate website] will wait for a Nigerian appeals court ruling rather than pay a $1.5 billion judgment [JURIST report] to compensate ethnic communities in Nigeria for pollution from its operations. A company spokesman said paying the judgment, which was due at noon Monday, would be [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury in Ohio on Monday indicted [PDF text; press release] seven former executives of National Century Financial Enterprises [Forbes.com backgrounder] on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and promotion of money laundering. The seven former executives of the health care financing company are accused of conspiring to defraud [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US oil companies did not illegally manipulate gasoline prices [press release] or restrain supply last year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], according to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] report [PDF text] released Monday. US antitrust authorities performed an investigation of the oil industry, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] has denied prosecutors' request to transfer the trial of Rwandan genocide suspect Michel Bagaragaza [Trial Watch profile] to Norway because Norway does not have a specific law against genocide. In its decision [text], the UN-backed court said:In this [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith [official profile] is to meet with senior Israeli officials Thursday to discuss whether Israeli soldiers should be charged with war crimes for shooting two Britons in 2003. The families of James Miller, an award-winning cameraman, and Tom Hurndall, a peace activist, have asked [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Court-martial proceedings against US Army Sgt. Santos A. Cardona began Monday on charges of maltreatment of prisoners, dereliction of duty and assault connected to Cardona's alleged use of unmuzzled dogs [JURIST report] when questioning detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. A second dog handler, Sgt. Michael [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Election officials in Montenegro [government website; CIA backgrounder] said Monday that over 55 percent of voters in Sunday's referendum [CDT materials] endorsed seceding from Serbia [JURIST news archive] and forming an independent nation. Montenegro's State Electoral Commission said that 55.4 percent of voters supported independence in a majority vote [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice John Roberts [OYEZ profile] wants greater consensus between justices on the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] and hopes to decide issues on very narrow grounds in order to avoid unnecessary controversy. In a commencement address [recorded video] to Georgetown Law Center graduates on Sunday, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled that police can enter a home without a warrant when they have not knocked or announced their presence if they have an objectively reasonable basis to believe that someone inside the home has been seriously injured or [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Sunday that the US does not need to make English the "national language" and that a Senate move to add English language amendments to an immigration reform proposal [JURIST news archive] was symbolic. In an interview [recorded video] [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US prison and jail population added prisoners [press release] from mid-2004 to mid-2005 at a rate of 2.6 percent and more than 1,000 new inmates a week, reaching a total of 2,186,230 inmates behind bars according to a Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website] report [summary; [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] said that the government has authority to prosecute journalists for publishing classified material under several "statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility." In an appearance [recorded [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] FBI agents videotaped US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official website] last August accepting $100,000 in cash as a bribe from wealthy businesswoman Lori Mody for a Nigerian official, according to an FBI affidavit [PDF] made public Sunday. Mody was actually working as an FBI informant and FBI agents later [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], the judge presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], on Monday threw defense lawyer Bushra Khalil [JURIST report] out of the courtroom for apparently arguing with the chief judge. Khalil, the only female defense lawyer in the trial, was removed from a session [read more]

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