Legal news from Friday, June 9, 2006
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [PDF text] the Federal Communication Commission's ability to require broadband Internet companies and Internet phone service providers to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) [text; FCC materials], which requires [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry [official website] on Friday signed SB 1800 [RTF text], a law which enlarges the scope of the death penalty to cover a second or subsequent sexual offense against a child under the age of 14. Similar child molestation statutes have been enacted by Florida, Louisiana [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] has filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seeking to overturn this week's decision by a district court judge to allow a clergy abuse lawsuit to proceed [JURIST report] that names the Holy See as a defendant. US District [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher [official website] of Kentucky pleaded not guilty Friday to charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination stemming from an investigation into the governor's hiring practices [timeline]. Fletcher's attorney entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Fletcher while he [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Delaware Supreme Court [official website] has upheld [text, PDF] a lower court's ruling declaring Walt Disney Co. [corporate website] directors and two former executives not liable for the approval of a $130 million severance package [JURIST report] for former Disney president Michael Ovitz [Wikipedia backgrounder], after serving only [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official website] said Friday that there is no evidence for allegations made in an Australian magazine that accused Taliban member David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has been tortured during his four-year detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST news archive]. The allegations were made in [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced a new NSA oversight bill to the committee Thursday modifying his earlier proposal [JURIST report] to require the NSA to seek FISC approval before conducting surveillance. The new proposal, a compromise plan written with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), has three [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Lloyd of Berwick [BBC interview], the retired law lord whose 1996 report on British terrorism law underpinned the Labour Government's 2000 Terrorism Act [text], has condemned attempts by the government to amend the Human Rights Act 1998 [text] with exceptions as "sinister" and warned that parliament should be [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has denied allegations of Guantanamo Bay soldiers desecrating copies of the Koran [JURIST report] during a May clash between prisoners and guards [JURIST report] after four prisoners attempted suicide. Military officials on Thursday stood by their original version of events [press release], saying that Joint Task [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] has said that he plans to create a virtual border watch program [press release], installing night-vision cameras along the Mexican border and streaming live video on the Internet to aid in the state's effort to crack down on illegal immigration [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday rejected a bill that would have given Native Hawaiians self-governance powers [JURIST report] in line with those accorded to Native Americans. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act [S 147 summary; Akaka backgrounder] was rejected by a margin of 56-41 [roll call] in [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Russia has extradited Dragan Zelenovic [ICTY case backgrounder], a Bosnian Serb wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to Bosnia, according to the Bosnian war crimes court on Friday. Bosnia plans to transfer Zelenovic to the ICTY "immediately" [press release], possibly within 36 [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] has ordered [text, PDF; summary] a new trial for death row inmate Daryl Atkins, instructing the trial court to determine whether Atkins is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for the death penalty [JURIST news archive] after the 2002 US Supreme Court ruling [read more]

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