Legal news from Sunday, June 25, 2006
17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile; official website, in Arabic] addressed the Iraqi parliament Sunday on a new national reconciliation plan [JURIST report] which he hopes will end the Sunni insurgency and sectarian killings that have hindered reconstruction efforts in the county. According to a dispatch from Baghdad [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Italians headed to the polls Sunday to begin voting on a constitutional amendment package which would give more power to the prime minister and decrease the size of parliament, in the largest set of proposed changes to the Italian constitution [text] since its inception. Those in favor of the [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Fourteen more Saudi Arabian nationals being held at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] were sent back to their home country Saturday, according to a statement [press release] by the US Department of Defense [official website]. The Pentagon indicated that a Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Citizens of the north African state of Mauritania [CIA backgrounder; official website, in Arabic] voted Sunday on a constitutional amendment that would limit the number of terms that a president can serve. The vote follows a successful coup attempt [JURIST report] last August by a military group that sought [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Sunday that two US Pennsylvania National Guardsmen have been charged [MNF-Iraq press release] in connection with the February 15 shooting of an Iraqi civilian near a US military base at Ramadi west of Baghdad. Specialist Nathan B. Lynn has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, and [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Saturday urged Congress to approve a line-item veto bill in his weekly radio address [recorded audio; transcript] Saturday, insisting that "a line-item veto would allow the President to remove wasteful spending from a bill while preserving the rest." He said current law forces a President to either [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] knows that a death sentence awaits him at the end of his trial {JURIST news archive] before the Iraqi High Tribunal for alleged crimes against humanity, but his lawyer says Hussein believes the US will use his sentence as leverage to persuade him to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush [official website] issued an executive order [text] Friday directing that US federal agencies and government departments may not seize private property unless the taking is for public use "and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties." Bush's order instructs the US [read more]

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