Legal news from Saturday, June 3, 2006
11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian security authorities said Saturday that a major terrorist attack on Canadian targets had been thwarted by the arrests of twelve men and five youths [RCMP press release] in Ontario Friday. A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) [official website] told a news conference [prepared text] that [read more]

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[JURIST] In his weekly radio address Saturday, President George W. Bush voiced his support for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage [radio address, text] which is scheduled for a vote in the US Senate [JURIST report] in the coming week. Bush promoted the Marriage Protection Amendment [PDF text] that [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Denmark's parliament [official website] has adopted two new anti-terror measures conceived in the aftermath of the July 2005 London terrorist attacks [JURIST report]. The new laws give the Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET) [official website] broader access to the financial and medical records of suspects and to communications made [read more]

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[JURIST] Irish President Mary McAleese [official website] signed an emergency bill [PDF] into law Friday authorizing jail sentences for persons convicted of for having sex with minors, but allowing them to use mistake of age as a defense. The bill was hurriedly passed through the Irish Parliament [official website] after [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled [PDF] Friday that most of the government documents sought by former Vice-Presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile] and his defense team were not closely tied to the narrow issue of his case and would not be released to him. Libby [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Adnan al-Kazimi, an aide to new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki [BBC profile], said Saturday that the Iraqi government would open its own investigation into the deaths of Iraq civilians in Ishaqi [JURIST report] after an official statement [text; recorded video] by a US military spokesman Saturday cleared US [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion text, PDF] Friday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission [official website] must examine the risk of a terrorist attack when it considers the environmental effect of a proposed expansion project at California's Diablo [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Robert W. Pratt, chief judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, ruled [PDF] Friday that a religious prison organization receiving government funds violated the US Constitution because it was used to rehabilitate prison inmates by advocating the tenets of Christianity. He found that [read more]

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