Legal news from Friday, June 2, 2006
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dr. Wen Ho Lee [Washington Post archive], the US nuclear scientist at one time suspected of stealing nuclear secrets for China, Friday settled a civil lawsuit [Jones Day summary] he had brought against the US Department of Justice and the Department of Energy alleging they leaked false and misleading [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday approved a $153 million settlement between tax firm KPMG [corporate website] and 200 of its former clients in a class action lawsuit based on illegal tax shelters sold by the firm from 1996 to 2002 which were categorized as abusive by the IRS [press [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] said Friday that he will ask MPs to vote this fall on a federal law permitting same-sex marriage [text]. The Liberal Party of former prime minister Paul Martin, which now controls only 103 of 308 seats in the House of [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Friday sentenced Joseph Serugendo [case materials] to six years in prison [press release] for direct and public incitement to commit genocide and persecution as a crime against humanity under a plea agreement where the ICTR dropped the more serious [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nearly 200,000 people rallied in Kathmandu outside the palace of King Gyanendra [official profile] Friday in a protest organized by Nepal's Maoist rebel insurgency [BBC profile] to pressure the new government into speeding up plans to elect a special assembly to draft a new Nepal constitution. Krishna Bahadur Mahara [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge sitting in Florida has ruled [PDF; ACLU press release] that a 2005->Ch1003->Section%2044#1003.44">state law [text] requiring students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance [Wikipedia backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional and that a student does not need a parent's permission to be excused from [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann [official profile] has said that US troops cannot be prosecuted under Afghan law, striking a sharp contrast to statements made Thursday by Afghan Deputy Chief Justice Abdul Malik Kamawi that all foreigners who commit a crime in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] can be [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Michigan has ordered the National Security Agency to respond to a lawsuit [case materials] filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the legality of the NSA's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. US District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor denied [order, PDF] the NSA's [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller plan to resume talks on Friday with major internet service providers on retaining customer data on internet activities that would allow them to better combat child pornography and terrorism. An initial meeting [JURIST report] last Friday included American Online, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official profile; BBC profile] has criticized the UN-funded International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] as inefficient, and said that several ICTR employees should be testifying before the court for their involvement in the 1994 genocide the court was established to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that US Army Sgt. Santos A. Cardona [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to 90 days hard labor without confinement and a reduction in rank for abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. Cardona was convicted [JURIST report] Thursday of dereliction of duty [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov [MosNews profile] unexpectedly quit Friday after Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website; BBC profile] recommended to the Russian upper house - the Federation Council [official website] - that Ustinov be asked to step down from office. The upper house approved Ustinov's removal by a vote [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Court-martial proceedings for 15 US soldiers [AP overview] implicated in the abuse of detainees at Bagram Air Base [JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan, including the beating deaths of two Afghanis [US Army press release; JURIST report], ended in Fort Bliss, Texas on Thursday with only one conviction, resulting in [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Federal Court [official website] Thursday stayed the deportation to China of Lai Changxing [Wikipedia profile], the alleged leader of a Xiamen-based network suspected of smuggling up to $10 billion of goods such as cigarettes, automobiles, heating and cooking oil, textiles, chemicals and other raw materials under the protection [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] New Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] said Friday that he will ask the United States to turn over its files pertaining to the investigation into the alleged killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] in Haditha by US Marines last November, after the Iraqi cabinet on [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US military prosecutors plan to file conspiracy and murder charges against seven enlisted Marines and one Navy corpsman for the alleged murder of an Iraqi civilian and subsequent cover-up on April 26 in Hamandiya, according to a defense lawyer for one of the men involved. US commanders in Iraq [read more]

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