Legal news from Tuesday, June 6, 2006
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Fifteen of the 17 Canadian terror suspects arrested [JURIST report] Friday on suspicion of planning attacks in southern Ontario and Toronto appeared in court in Brampton, Ontario, near Toronto Tuesday. Although an eight-page document prepared by Crown prosecutors detailing precise charges against the accused that were initially set out [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Egypt [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday added 15 days to the detention time for 185 people who have participated in pro-reform demonstrations since April. All but 21 of the detainees are members of the Muslim Brotherhood [movement website; FAS backgrounder]; most of the others belong to the [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A former civil servant was found guilty Tuesday of defrauding the Canadian government of more than $1.6 million in the so-called sponsorship scandal [JURIST news archive] that helped bring down Canada's Liberal Party government in January. After seven days of deliberations, a jury in Montreal convicted Chuck Guité [CTV [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A UK court-martial found three British soldiers not guilty of manslaughter Tuesday in the drowning death of a 15-year-old Iraqi boy. The infantrymen - two members of the Irish Guards [official website] and one member of the Scots Guards [official website], formerly of the Coldstream Guards [official website] - [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Both the Philippines Senate [official website] and House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday passed bills [House bill summary] repealing the country's 12-year old death penalty law in a move that brings the country one step closer to abolishing the death penalty. The bill will replace all current death [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the criminal division of the US Justice Department [official website], testifying Tuesday at a hearing [committee materials] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], reiterated the DOJ's position that the federal government has the authority to prosecute journalists who disclose classified information. Matthew Friedrich, principal deputy [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A British lesbian couple married in British Columbia, Canada, in 2003 argued in the High Court [official website] in London Tuesday that their same-sex marriage should be recognized in British law, challenging the Civil Partnership Act 2004 [text] which only accords same-sex couples who legally marry overseas the recognition [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A committee of the Kenyan National Assembly [official website] has shelved the latest version of a long-pending anti-terrorism bill [JURIST report], saying it will not be debated until the United States accepts responsibility for attacks on American interests in Kenya [JURIST news archive]. MP Amina Abdala, who on Monday [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The sole surviving hostage-taker in the 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report] has filed an appeal of last week's guilty verdict [JURIST report] with the Supreme Court of North Ossetia. Claiming Nurpashi Kulayev's conviction was "unlawful and groundless," lawyer Albert Pliyev argued that the prosecution failed to [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Progress in eliminating human trafficking which victimizes some 800,000 worldwide is slow, and countries such as Belize, Burma, Iran, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe have failed to effectively combat it, the US Department of State [official website] said Monday in its annual report [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] continues debate Tuesday on the Marriage Protection Amendment [PDF text; SJ Res 1 summary], a proposal for a constitutional amendment defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. Sponsored by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) [official website; press release], the amendment [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yukos [corporate website] oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] has been placed in solitary confinement [press release] for violating a prison rule for the third time, Khodorkovsky's lawyer Denis Dyatlev said Monday. Khodorkovsky [defense website] was placed in the one-man cell Saturday, after allegedly violating [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The father of a fallen Marine has filed the first lawsuit [complaint, PDF] brought by the family of a servicemember against the renegade Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this church website offensive; Wikipedia backgrounder] of Topeka, Kansas, seeking unspecified damages for defamation, invasion of privacy [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] on Monday requested [press release] that the Federal Communications Commission [official website] hold back approval of a merger [AT&T press release] between telecommunications giants AT&T and BellSouth [corporate websites] until the FCC investigates allegations [JURIST report] made last month that the two [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana Senate [official website] voted unanimously Monday to send a bill [PDF text; SB 33 summary] that would ban nearly all abortions in the state to Gov. Kathleen Blanco [official website], who is expected to sign it into law. Doctors who perform abortions could face up to 10 [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] on Tuesday extended a deadline he set for the governing Hamas party [ICT profile] to accept a "national reconciliation" document [full text; summary] which would establish a Palestinian state and implicitly recognize Israel. Abbas has said that if Hamas, which controls the Palestinian [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki [BBC profile] on Tuesday announced plans to release 2,500 prisoners held in US detention facilities and Iraqi custody if the detainees "are not Saddam Hussein loyalists or terrorists or anyone who has Iraqi blood on their hands." Maliki's move comes in the name of [read more]

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