Legal news from Wednesday, July 12, 2006
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and other leading Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee [official website] on Wednesday pushed for legislation authorizing military commissions for terror suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay during a committee hearing [recorded audio] on how the government should proceed in bringing terror suspects [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US military revealed Wednesday that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and three of his co-defendants are five days into a hunger strike in protest of trial court procedures and the killings of three of their defense lawyers, which they believe occurred because of inadequate security provided by US [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian immigrant Marko Boskic was convicted Wednesday when a US federal jury found that he had failed to reveal his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] while trying to enter the US as a refugee. Boskic was charged in August 2004 [JURIST report] with [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) [official website] and Martin Meehan (D-MA) [official website] have filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] challenging new rules regarding campaign communications that can be narrow FEC standard of what constitutes "coordination" would permit groups or individuals with [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Harold Murphy on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of Georgia's voter ID law [SB 84 materials; JURIST news archive] until a full trial can be held in a challenge brought by civil rights groups [JURIST report]. Murphy, the same federal judge who struck down [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] House Republicans have agreed to hold a vote Thursday on extending provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act [text; DOJ backgrounder] for another 25 years, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) announced Wednesday. In June Southern lawmakers unexpectedly balked [JURIST report] at two key provisions - one requiring nine mostly [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] British Members of Parliament voted to adjourn the House of Commons early Wednesday in protest against the pending extradition [JURIST report] of three British NatWest bankers to the US to face charges in the Enron fraud scandal [JURIST news archive]. During a three-hour debate before the vote, Liberal Democrat [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan Security Minister Amama Mbabazi on Wednesday asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to retract its indictments against several leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder] for war crimes in an effort to encourage senior LRA rebels to attend peace talks with the Ugandan government. [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld the expulsion of three students who refused to abide by School Regulations 1997, which prohibits the wearing of Islamic turbans at school. The challenge to the religious dress [JURIST news archive] regulation was brought under Article 11(1) of the Malaysian [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) [official website], part of Europe's human rights watchdog the Council of Europe [official website], called on Albania Wednesday to improve prisoner treatment in the country's network of prisons. The CPT published reports [CPT materials] [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio authorities on Wednesday morning executed the first inmate under new lethal injection guidelines implemented last month in a move to prevent extreme pain during an execution. In a June report [PDF text] and letter [PDF text] to Ohio Governor Bob Taft, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction [official [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The fundamental rights of two terror suspects were not violated when EU member states froze their assets, the European Court of First Instance [official website] ruled [press release, PDF] Wednesday. Ireland and the UK froze the bank accounts of a Tunisian and Libyan national, respectively, after European Council Regulation [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal [official website, English version] Wednesday overturned [judgment] a lower court decision [JURIST report] that had allowed law enforcement to temporarily carry out covert surveillance. Justice Michael Hartmann of the Hong Kong High Court ruled [decision text, in English] in February that an [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court's recent decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [opinion text; JURIST news archive] has not changed the Justice Department's position on the legality of the National Security Agency's anti-terrorism surveillance program [JURIST news archive], according to a senior DOJ official writing to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [official website; BBC profile] said Tuesday on the 11th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of some 8000 Muslim men and boys that all war criminals should be punished, regardless of their nationality. In a statement, Tjadic said that the [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK will not implement an amnesty program for illegal immigrants, Immigration Minister Liam Byrne [official profile] said Wednesday, and will instead seek "fair but tough" enforcement of current rules. Byrne's comments came at the conclusion of an official review of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND), the UK [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia's House of Representatives [official website, in Bahasa Indonesian] has passed a bill giving more autonomy to Aceh province [JURIST news archive] and writing into law the terms of last year's peace agreement with rebels [JURIST report]. But former rebels have criticized the law as not going far enough, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that a proposal [text] to limit ACLU board members from publicly speaking about their internal policies has been withdrawn [press release] by a committee of the National Board of Directors. The proposal drew criticism from editorialists, donors, and board [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] plans to discontinue a contract to provide logistical support to US troops with oil services giant Halliburton [corporate website; JURIST news archive], the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Halliburton has served as the exclusive contractor in Iraq, and Army officials said cutting ties with Halliburton [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [HR 4411 text] to effectively ban most Internet gambling by a margin of 317-93 [roll call]. The legislation would prohibit people from using credit cards and other forms of Internet payments to settle Internet bets, and also [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak on Wednesday revealed [column] that Karl Rove [official profile], President Bush's top political advisor, was one of two secondary sources who confirmed that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was employed by the CIA and helped initiate the ambassador's 2002 mission to [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sir Richard Dearlove [BBC profile], former head of the British intelligence agency known as MI6 [official website], has said that two components of the US war on terrorism would be illegal under British law. Dearlove, who led the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from 1999 to 2004 and is now [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] William Haynes [official profile], the Pentagon general counsel nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website], struggled to defend defense policies Tuesday during a Senate confirmation hearing [committee materials], drawing bipartisan questions relating to coercive interrogation techniques employed by the military in questioning terrorism [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) [official website], chairman of the House Armed Services Committee [official website], told reporters Tuesday that the Defense Department has been too lenient in its policies on custody of terror suspects, questioning the release of detainees [JURIST report] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Hunter's [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission [official website] antitrust regulators imposed a $357 million fine on Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday for not complying with a 2004 European Union antitrust ruling [text, PDF; JURIST report]. Early in July, the EC approved in principle [JURIST report] new fines against Microsoft, after it [read more]

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