Legal news from Thursday, July 20, 2006
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Thursday rejected [order, PDF] a US Department of Justice (DOJ) motion to dismiss [redacted brief in support of motion, PDF; JURIST report] on state secrets grounds a class action lawsuit [EFF backgrounder; JURIST report] brought against AT&T alleging that the telecommunications giant violated citizens' rights to [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] US authorities announced Thursday that compensation payments totaling $112,000 had been approved for victims of a May accident involving an American cargo truck in Kabul, Afghanistan [JURIST news archive], that set off an anti-American riot [BBC report] in which at least seven people died. According to conflicting reports, either [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodian genocide suspect Ek Choeun, also known as Ta Mok [Trial Watch profile], died Thursday after having slipped into a coma [JURIST report] in Phnom Penh earlier this week. He was 80. The former zone secretary and central committee member of the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive], who had [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Thursday to extend the Voting Rights Act (VRA) [text; DOJ backgrounder] Thursday by 25 years rather than allowing portions of it to expire. The bill [HR 9 summary; text, PDF] reauthorizing the VRA, which over the past four decades has helped to end election schemes [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Rep. Bob Barr on Thursday filed a complaint [press release] on behalf of Georgia firearms dealer Adventure Outdoors [corporate website] in a Georgia state court alleging that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] violated state and federal laws while preparing to file a federal lawsuit [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], former deputy prime minister and foreign minister for ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, has filed a habeas corpus petition [DOC text] with the US Supreme Court [official website], seeking his release from the custody of coalition forces in Iraq. [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to recent controversy over UK sentencing guidelines [JURIST report] and following up on a major June policy address [JURIST report] by Prime Minister Tony Blair, Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] on Thursday released a criminal justice system review [PDF text; summary] making several recommendations aimed at putting [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Paul Hunt, the UN Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health, has called for an independent inquiry into war crimes in Gaza, saying that some Israeli attacks on Gaza are a violation of international humanitarian law [ICRC backgrounder, PDF]. In a [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] took Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! [corporate websites] to task for "Undermining Freedom of Expression in China" [PDF report] as part of a campaign, launched [press release] Thursday, to "combat internet oppression" worldwide. The report alleges that the Internet companies have been complicit in efforts [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nicolo Pollari, chief of the Italian Intelligence and Security Services [official website], told a closed door meeting of the Italian Senate defense committee that Italian intelligence was not involved in the alleged CIA extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile], also known [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in East Timor [JURIST news archive] questioned former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri [BBC profile] Thursday about allegations that he illegally distributed weapons to local militias and ordered them to kill political opponents. An investigation began after Vincent "Railos" da Concecao, claiming he was the leader of the alleged [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] During an uncommon open session [PDF witness list] of the US House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, several legal heavyweights debated whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text] should be revamped to meet the challenges presented by terrorism. Under the current procedure authorized by FISA, the US Justice Department [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Relatives of four Iraqi citizens who were allegedly murdered by US soldiers in the town of Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya") [JURIST news archive] are refusing US requests to exhume the bodies, complicating the US case against the six soldiers. No rape test was performed on the body of a 14-year-old [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted [press release, PDF] two US citizens charged with participating in paramilitary training in Georgia in anticipation of terrorist acts. The suspects, Syed Haris Ahmed and Ebsanul Islam Sadequeee, allegedly developed contacts with jihad supporters and have been connected with at least [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved [roll call] a measure [HR 5863 summary; PDF text] to seize land on Mount Soledad in San Diego to resolve a dispute over whether a 29-foot cross honoring Korean War veterans [backgrounder] on the property is a government endorsement of religion. [read more]

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