Legal news from Monday, July 10, 2006
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US military on Monday released the identities [MNF-Iraq press conference transcript] of five Army soldiers charged [JURIST report] in connection with the rape and murder of an Iraqi woman and the murders of several of her relatives in March at Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive], 20 miles south of [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeals [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in six cases [court materials; press release] focusing on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] - the first time a California appeals court has considered the issue. The state Attorney General's Office [official website] argued [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] told reporters Monday that floor action on legislation governing procedures for military commissions [JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] is unlikely until after Labor Day. Frist said that Senate Republicans are busy discussing the legislation with Democrats [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a federal judge has ruled that an FBI raid [JURIST report] on the congressional office of US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official website] was legal and has denied Jefferson's request that documents seized during the raid be returned to him. 4:45 PM ET - After [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The parliament of Egypt [JURIST news archive] passed a new press law on Monday but removed a particularly controversial provision that would have allowed journalists to be imprisoned for reporting on alleged financial impropriety by public officials. Still, journalists and rights groups fear that other provisions threaten the freedom [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for the US Justice Department (DOJ) argued in federal court again [JURIST report] Monday that a lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] must be dismissed because defending it in court would jeopardize national security. In the hearing in US District [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors working for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [official task force website; timeline] began formal investigation Monday of criminal acts allegedly committed by surviving leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] regime, which ruled Cambodia from 1975-1978 and was responsible for the deaths of at least 1.5 [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Iraq [JURIST news archive] plans to ask the UN Security Council [official website] to lift Coalition troops' immunity from Iraqi law, Human Rights Minister Wijdan Michael said Monday. She indicated that a committee formed last week is preparing reports for the Iraqi Cabinet, adding that Prime [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe [BBC profile] said on Monday that Japan is considering whether launching a pre-emptive strike on North Korean missile bases would violate its constitution if there is no other option to prevent an attack from North Korea [JURIST news archive]. Though Article 9 [Wikipedia [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prisoners at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have been subjected to "systematic physical, psychological, sexual, medical and religious abuse," according to a report [PDF full text; synopsis] released Monday by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website]. CCR describes the 51-page "Report on [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] said Monday that it will propose constitutional reform in a series of meetings beginning Tuesday in a bid to end a two decade old civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels [faction website; MIPT backgrounder], who want a separate ethnic homeland in [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker [official website] on Monday filed an emergency appeal with the Georgia Supreme Court [official website] on behalf of Governor Sonny Perdue [official website], asking the court to overturn a lower court judge's Friday decision to issue a temporary restraining order [JURIST report] blocking the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The British government is sending Home Office minister Baroness Scotland [official profile] to the US on Thursday to push for US ratification of the treaty [text, PDF; Statewatch backgrounder] aligning extradition requests between the two nations, which the UK has already ratified. Under the UK Extradition Act 2003 [text] [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] has asked Mexico's Federal Electoral Court [official website, in Spanish] to order a manual recount [JURIST report] of returns from the July 2 presidential election, which conservative Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein, along with several co-defendants and defense lawyers, boycotted trial proceedings [JURIST news archive] Monday at the Iraq High Tribunal as the defense was scheduled to begin closing arguments. The court did hear from a lawyer for defendant Ali Dayih Ali, but Hussein sent a letter to the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Cyrus Kar [BBC backgrounder], the Los Angeles-based filmmaker of Iranian descent and US Navy veteran detained by US forces in Iraq for 55 days, has sued Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] and other top military officials in the US District Court for the Central District of California [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of six men accused of war crimes in Kosovo in 1999, including former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic [BBC profile], began at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Monday. Milutinovic and his five co-defendants - former Serbian Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic [BBC profile], former Yugoslav army [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts [official website] has ruled that a proposed state constitutional amendment [DOC text] that would ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] can be placed on the ballot for voter approval, if the amendment is approved by the state legislature. Massachusetts [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The first federal trial relating to insurance coverage for property damage caused by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] begins Monday in Gulfport, Mississippi. In the lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company [corporate website], a Mississippi homeowner is disputing the insurance company's decision not to cover his property [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) [official website], chairman of the House Intelligence Committee [official website], said that the Bush administration may have violated the law by failing to brief the committee on intelligence activities, in a May 18 letter [PDF text] to President Bush that was first disclosed in [read more]

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