Legal news from Monday, June 5, 2006
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] A ban on assault weapons [ordinance text] in the city of Denver was affirmed by operation of law [per curiam opinion] on Monday when the Colorado Supreme Court [official website] deadlocked in a 3-3 vote with one judge abstaining on whether to overturn the decisions in two lower court [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for terror suspect Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has filed a motion to suppress evidence [PDF text; exhibits] he claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] obtained illegally from two sources, one which alleges torture after US rendition to Morocco and another who [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Allegations that members of the US military killed civilians in Iraq [JURIST news archive] should be investigated by the United Nations [official website] and an Iraqi-US committee, Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi [CFR profile] said Monday. Al-Hashimi, a Sunni, described the allegations, along with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Monday denounced "activist judges" who have struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] as he urged Congress to approve the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment [text, PDF] defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At a White House event, Bush said [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian members of parliament declared Serbia [JURIST news archive] a sovereign nation Monday, two days after the parliament of Montenegro proclaimed its own independence [JURIST report] from the former Serbia-Montenegro union. The breakup marks the final dissolution of what remained of the post-WWII Federal Republic of Yugoslavia [Wikipedia backgrounder], [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari in a case that will decide how much public schools can consider race in public school admissions assignments. The Court will hear appeals in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District [docket], and Meredith v. Jefferson County [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Baghdad court has convicted one man but acquitted two others in connection with the abduction and murder of Margaret Hassan [BBC profile], the Irish-born aid worker kidnapped in Iraq in 2004 [JURIST report]. Mustafa Salman, charged with aiding and abetting the kidnappers after Hassan's purse and identification papers [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Several activist groups have sued the attorney general of Indonesia [JURIST news archive] for dropping corruption charges against former President Suharto [CNN profile]. Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh dismissed the charges last month [JURIST report] because of the former dictator's health. The lawsuits -- filed by the Indonesian Association [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department [official website] has decided to omit references to common Article 3 [text] of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], which bans "cruel treatment and torture" and "humiliating and degrading treatment" of detainees, from the new Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation [current text] and accompanying directives, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) [official website] said Monday that there may be more arrests in the terror investigation that led Friday to the detention and charging of 12 men and five youths [JURIST report] suspected of being members of a terrorist cell that planned to attack targets [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled that a company cannot bring a claim under s.1962(c) of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) [text] alleging that a competitor fraudulently failed to collect sales tax on its products. In Anza v. Ideal Steal [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court has overturned a 2004 decision by the country's patent review board allowing Chinese drug companies to sell counterfeit versions of the Pfizer [corporate website] drug Viagra [product website], upholding Pfizer's patent and signaling China's intent to crack down on intellectual property rights violations, an official at [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal officials on Sunday released three former ministers in the cabinet of the recently-dissolved royal government after the country's Supreme Court [official website] ruled that it could find no evidence for their continued detention. Former home minister Ramesh Nath Pandev, former foreign minister Nichhya Sumshere Rana and former state [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed their case Monday after chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile] said that four defense witnesses accused of perjury last week had been arrested and could therefore not attend Monday's session. Hussein's defense team last week accused the prosecution [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The number of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees on hunger strike decreased from 89 to 18 over the weekend, US military officials said Sunday. The number of detainees on hunger strike suddenly jumped from three to 75 [JURIST report] early last week, with an additional 14 [JURIST report] [read more]

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