Legal news from Tuesday, July 11, 2006
17:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday directed that US District Judge Royce Lamberth [official profile], the outspoken jurist presiding over the 10-year old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] involving the alleged mismanagement of American Indian money [DOI Indian Trust Fund website] by the US [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) [official website] Tuesday asked a federal district court judge to block a Minnesota law [text] taking effect August 1 that imposes fines of up to $25 on minors who purchase games rated for adults and requires retailers to post notice of the fines. The [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for the US Department of Defense (DOD) told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday that US military treatment of detainees complies with Article 3 [text] of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], even though the Bush administration had insisted until last week that detainees designated as [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Sunni legislators known as the Iraqi Accordance Front [Aljazeera backgrounder] announced plans Tuesday to end their boycott of the Iraqi parliament [official website] after Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr [CFR profile] called for unity. Members of the Front - the largest Sunni bloc, holding 44 of the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers argued that Croatian journalist Josip Jovic should not have been prosecuted for contempt as his trial began Tuesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] in The Hague. Jovic, editor of Slobodna Dalmacija [newspaper website, in Croatian], has pleaded [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Italy [JURIST news archive] was not involved in and did not know in advance of the CIA's alleged extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of an Egyptian cleric [JURIST report], an Italian defense official told legislators Tuesday. The official, Giovanni Lorenzo Forceri, told Italian Senate committees investigating [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer representing one of 17 Canadians arrested on terror charges [JURIST report] in June argued Monday in an Ontario court that Canada's anti-terror legislation [Canada DOJ backgrounder] discriminates because it focuses only on "brown" Muslim and Arab groups and excludes "white" groups such as the Ku Klux Klan [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush again [JURIST report] urged the US Senate on Tuesday to pass legislation allowing him to use a line-item veto [JURIST news archive] to weed out what the White House has labeled wasteful spending. In White House remarks [transcript] on the Office of Management and Budget's Mid-Session Review [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] Tuesday found former French prime minister Edith Cresson [BBC profile] breached the obligations of her office [press release, PDF] by indulging in favoritism and abuse of office when she served as a European Commissioner in the 1990s. The European Commission [official website] [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] China has rejected a strongly worded UN Security Council official website] resolution [JURIST report] responding to North Korea's missile launches earlier this month, instead proposing a mild resolution to encourage North Korea [JURIST news archive] not to launch test-missiles. As with the tougher resolution, circulated by Japan on Friday, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of twenty retired military officers has submitted a letter [PDF text] to the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] expressing "deep concern" about the fitness of William Haynes II [official profile; resumé], the current Pentagon general counsel, to serve as a federal judge. The twenty officers, including [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Khieu Samphan [Wikipedia profile], the former head of state of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] regime, left his home overnight and headed toward a neighboring province, just hours after prosecutors began compiling evidence [JURIST report] against former Khmer Rouge leaders. It is not clear whether he and his [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Colorado state lawmakers passed a bill [HB 06S-1023 text, PDF] Monday that will force residents receiving state or federal benefits to prove their citizenship in order to continue receiving aid, in what some are calling one of the toughest illegal immigration measures in the country. The legislation will deny [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], on Tuesday adjourned the trial until July 24 in a bid to give Hussein and his lawyers time to return from a boycott of proceedings. Hussein, along with several co-defendants and defense lawyers, on Monday [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) [official website, in Russian] killed the self-confessed mastermind [press release] of the 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] along with 12 other militants in an early morning special operation Monday, according to Nikolai Patrushev [MosNews profile], head of the FSB. Russian [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has decided to apply the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] to all detainees held in US military custody around the world, according to Tuesday's Financial Times. The move marks a sharp reversal from a previous policy classifying detainees as "enemy combatants" outside the protections of Article 3 [read more]

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