Legal news from Monday, August 7, 2006
21:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Sub-Commission on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights [official website] on Monday denounced [press release] the "massive denial of human rights" in the ongoing conflict in Lebanon and called on the UN Security Council [official website] to work toward a permanent solution in the volatile area. [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [OYEZ profile] denied a request [JURIST report] Monday from Texas Republican Party chair Tina Benkiser seeking to stay a federal appeals court ruling [text, PDF] that former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] must remain on the Texas ballot for [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] IBM [corporate website] did not discriminate against older workers by adopting a cash-balance pension plan, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled Monday. A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a 2003 district court decision [PDF text], finding that the IBM plan did not violate subsections [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The sole surviving hostage-taker in the 2004 Beslan school siege [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] will be given a new name to prevent retaliation by other inmates at the island penal colony where he will be imprisoned, a law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency Monday. Nurpashi Kulayev [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] has issued regulations that forbid party and government officials from appointing relatives as subordinates, limits officials to two consecutive five-year terms and requires those who have served for 10 years to transfer to different regions. The [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] One of the US soldiers charged with the rape and murders of Iraqi civilians in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive] told a criminal investigator that the attack's alleged ringleader repeatedly spoke of wanting to kill Iraqis, according to testimony given Monday at a hearing in Baghdad. The investigator, Benjamin Bierce, [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The federal trial of David Passaro [Raleigh News and Observer materials], a CIA contractor accused of abusing a detainee in Afghanistan [indictment; JURIST report], began Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Passaro was charged in 2004, and has maintained that the government is using him as a scapegoat in the [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy [Oyez profile] said that the US is failing to adequately spread the positive aspects of the "Western idea of democracy," in an address [recorded video] to the American Bar Association [profession website] at their annual meeting [ABA materials] in Hawaii on Saturday. Kennedy [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Martha Stewart [JURIST news archive] has reached a settlement agreement [press release] with the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] on insider trading civil charges [JURIST report], the SEC announced Monday. Stewart will pay $195,000, which is roughly equivalent to the losses Stewart avoided by selling nearly 4,000 [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Argentina has convicted [HRW press release] a former police officer of human rights violations during the country's so-called "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], handing down the first sentence since the Argentine Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] threw out the country's amnesty laws [JURIST report] last year. [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces [official website] detained Fadl Hamdan, a member of the Palestinian parliament [official website, in Arabic], during an overnight raid early Monday morning in the West Bank. Israeli authorities did not explain their reason for the detention. Hamdan is one of about 30 Palestinian lawmakers detained [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Jordan military court Sunday convicted two lawmakers from the Islamic Action Front (IAF) [party website, in Arabic], the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder], for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they [read more]

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