Legal news from Monday, June 19, 2006
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Observers say President Bush could issue a pardon for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby [defense profile] following last week’s revelation that Karl Rove [official profile], Bush's top political advisor, will not face criminal charges [JURIST report] in the three-year investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Office of Military Commissions [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] has delayed a pretrial hearing for Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], a Canadian citizen and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee charged with killing a US Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan, due to security issues that have emerged since [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police Monday arrested 31 additional members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [movement website; FAS backgrounder] group, bringing the total number of members arrested to 700, according to officers speaking on condition of anonymity. The members were arrested for allegedly holding meetings in apartments located in Marsa Matrouh, which [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] An opposition activist who was critical of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] during his most recent presidential campaign [JURIST report] has been sentenced to three years in jail by a Belarus [JURIST news archive] court. Nikolai Razumov was arrested on March 14 after making comments that [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] has charged one non-commissioned US military officer and two US soldiers in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees while they were in custody in the northern Salahuddin province of Iraq, according to a statement [text] released by the Multinational Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) [official website] Monday. [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson [official website] confirmed Monday that a law banning most abortions [PDF text], which was passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor [JURIST reports] earlier this year, will appear on the November 2006 ballot as a question for voters [petition [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Any attempts to pass a British version of the US Megan's Law [BBC backgrounder] must balance the public's need for information against the security of child-sex offenders, a spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] said during a press briefing [summary] on Monday. Speaking on the customary condition [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber [official profile] on Monday filed a court petition [press release] on behalf of 16 states seeking to reactivate a lawsuit [JURIST report] filed last year against the Environmental Protection Agency [official website]. The lawsuit challenged the EPA's "cap-and-trade" policy, scheduled to take effect [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] nominated Justice Minister Yury Chaika [official profile, in Russian] on Monday to be the country's new prosecutor-general [official website]. Leaders of the Federation Council [official website], the upper house of parliament, said they expected Chaika to be confirmed [RIA Novosti report]. A vote [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Kurdistan Islamic Group and Kurdistan Islamic Union [Global Security backgrounders], both major Sunni political parties in Iraq, announced plans to campaign against a draft regional constitution for Kurdistan that does not draw its "principal source of legislation" from Islam. The two groups want the regional constitution to be [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday announced it would hear a second case challenging the constitutionality of the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 [text, PDF]. The court granted certiorari in Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood [docket], a Bush administration appeal from the US Court of [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] confirmed Monday that a lawyer working for the New York attorney general's office [official website] informally warned the ACLU executive committee not to adopt proposed standards limiting ACLU board members from publicly speaking about their internal policies. The ACLU board met over [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Faheem Khalid Lodhi, a Pakistani-born Australian immigrant, was convicted Monday of plotting a terrorist attack [JURIST report] in Australia, marking one of the first convictions under new Australian anti-terrorism laws [summary and text] passed in the wake of 9/11. A New South Wales Supreme Court [official website] jury found [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors investigating the death of intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile] have requested the indictment [ANSA news agency report, in Italian] of US Army Specialist Mario Lozano [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Investigators concluded their probe last week [JURIST report], after news agencies reported in January that prosecutors intended to charge [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down three decisions in argued cases Monday, including a ruling in the consolidated cases of Rapanos v. US and Carabell v. Army Corps of Engineers [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where a plurality of the Court decided that [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of three Egyptian journalists and one lawyer accused [JURIST report] of slandering a local election commission chief by alleging fraud in Egypt's November parliamentary election and publishing the names of two judges accused of rigging results in a runoff poll [JURIST report] began Sunday. If convicted, they [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website; JURIST news archive] held its inaugural session [opening ceremony statements] Monday, convening for its first session [press release] as the replacement body for the beleaguered Human Rights Commission [official website]. The Human Rights Council will begin by passing two "vital documents" that [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecution in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] presented closing arguments Monday, calling for the death penalty for Hussein, his half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bander, and former senior regime member Taha Yassin Ramadan. Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Sim Lake has delayed the sentencing of former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profiles] until October 23. Lake agreed on Friday to a motion filed by the defense team to delay the sentencing, which was originally scheduled for September [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The father of Salah al-Aslami, a Yemeni national who committed suicide [JURIST report] with two Saudi Arabian detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on June 10, has refused to receive al-Aslami's body until international authorities launch an investigation into the three suicides. Al-Aslami's father and the families of [read more]

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