Legal news from Tuesday, May 23, 2006
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled that construction on a section of the West Bank separation barrier [official IDF website] is legal and may continue. Rejecting a petition by Palestinian settlers who will be unable to access Jerusalem once construction is complete, the court said the [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Chairman Kevin Martin [official profile] has written [press release] a letter [PDF] to US Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) [official website] saying that the watchdog agency will not investigate the collection of millions of phone records [JURIST report] by the National Security Agency [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] voted 12-3 Tuesday to approve the nomination [JURIST report] of US Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden [official profile] to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website]. Despite the recent controversy over Hayden’s role in the collection and turnover of [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] New Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki [BBC profile] has announced he will focus on fighting corruption, which Iraqi and US officials say is rampant in the government. The problem is a long-standing one, but documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicate that it has become pervasive, manifested in [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Los Angeles lawyer on Tuesday became the third person to plead guilty [US DOJ press release] in connection with alleged kickbacks at Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman [law firm website], the leading class action law firm that was indicted [text, PDF; JURIST report] last week. The US Attorney's [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US detention center in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] is a legal black hole, an Australian High Court [official website] judge has said. Justice Michael Kirby [official profile] made the statement Monday in a speech to the Sydney Peace Foundation [advocacy website]. David Hicks [JURIST news archive], an [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] German police may not trawl databases to identify possible terrorists without a specific threat to national security, human life or freedom, the German Constitutional Court [official website] ruled Tuesday. "A general threat situation, of the kind that has existed continuously in regard to terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopia's Federal High Court has postponed a verdict in the genocide trial of former dictator Mengistu Haile Miriam [Wikipedia profile] until next January. The announcement of the verdict had been scheduled for Tuesday. Even though the trial has lasted 12 years, the delay was necessary for the court to [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Author Studs Terkel [CHS profile] and other Illinois residents are suing AT&T [corporate website] to bar the phone company from handing over customer records to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] without court oversight. The putative class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF], filed Monday in US District Court for [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lee Boyd Malvo [BBC profile] testified Tuesday in a Maryland court against John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile] in Muhammad's second trial [JURIST report] involving the murder of six people in Maryland during a three-week shooting spree [BBC backgrounder] in the Washington, DC area in 2002. Malvo testified that Muhammad [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] At least 127 democracy activists held by the military junta in Myanmar have died from "torture or ill-treatment," according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) [advocacy website]. The report by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [UNHCHR profile], UN Special Rapporteur on human [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Orleans Parish Criminal District Court [official website] Chief Judge Calvin Johnson has said that the city will resume holding criminal trials next week as the New Orleans court system continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. As many as 6,000 suspects have been in jail for months [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] has brought its first enforcement action under the USA Patriot Act [DOJ materials; JURIST news archive] against Los Angeles brokerage firm Crowell, Weedon & Co. [corporate website], the largest independent investment firm in the western US. The [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Tuesday condemned what it termed the continuing "sacrifice" of rights to expediency in the war on terror, denounced the US and its allies for turning a blind-eye on human rights abuses or dodging responsibility for violations, called for governments to renounce torture and accused Russia [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] said Monday that Sudanese trade embargoes in the volatile Darfur region [JURIST news archive] "have prevented the access of civilians to vital goods and constitute a violation of international humanitarian law." In a report Monday to the UN Security Council [official website], Annan [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] on Monday warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] to act carefully in the wake of its search of the congressional office [JURIST report] of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official website] in connection to Jefferson's alleged involvement in [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Monday approved an immigration bill amendment supporting President Bush's deployment of National Guard troops along the Mexican border [JURIST report] by a margin of 83-10 [roll call]. Although the Bush administration says it has the authority to work with state governors to send National Guard [read more]

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