Legal news from Saturday, May 27, 2006
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] European foreign ministers meeting in Austria [EU press release] Saturday held out little hope of substantial progress on ratifying the European Constitution [JURIST news archive] next year during Germany's six-month presidency of the European Council, notwithstanding German pledges to move the regional charter forward [JURIST report] if opportunity arises. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [official website] - formerly Burma - Saturday extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile] for another year, according to a government source speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. Suu Kyi met with a senior [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The parliament of Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] on Saturday voted against reappointing Chief Justice Fazel Hadi Shinwari to continue his lead post on the Afghanistan Supreme Court [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Afghan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] had recommended Shinwari to remain as chief justice on the high court, but the [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Indianapolis sentenced an Indiana truck driver to 160 months in prison Friday for acting as an unregistered foreign agent and violating sanctions against Iraq. Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban, a Soviet-educated Palestinian Ph.D. who speaks three languages and became a naturalized US citizen but couldn't [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A California appeals court ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Apple Computer [corporate website] is not permitted to subpoena an Internet service for e-mail records in order to uncover the names of online reporters who leaked information about unreleased product code owned by the company. The California Sixth District Court [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Two Egyptian protesters were allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted by Egyptian police [Kifaya statement] after a peaceful demonstration in favor of two judicial reformists who exposed alleged fraud in the country's election last year, according to one of the men's lawyers Friday and opposition group Kifaya [party website, in [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, and FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profiles] were among a host of other government officials and prosecutors at the US Department of Justice [official website] who said they would resign if the White House forced them to hand over [read more]

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