Legal news from Friday, August 11, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] late Friday unanimously approved [recorded video] a resolution [text] to end the current Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive], calling for Hezbollah to stop all attacks immediately and for Israel to cease “all offensive military operations.” The resolution additionally authorized the deployment of [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A former vice chair of Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] was sentenced on Friday to 27 months of house arrest after he pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in January to fraud and tax charges for stealing money, merchandise and gift cards from the store and filing a false tax [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Interior Ministry [official website, in Italian] said Friday that Italian police arrested 40 people on Thursday and Friday after the ministry decided to conduct security sweeps in cities across Italy following Thursday's news that UK police arrested over 20 terror suspects in a foiled terrorist plot [JURIST [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Maryland intermediate appellate court on Friday ruled that the state exceeded its state constitutional authority by enacting statutes permitting early voting. In the opinion [PDF text], a judge for the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court [official website] found that the question of when Maryland residents must vote is [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court Friday upheld New York City's program of random, suspicionless baggage searches on subways as constitutional. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] that the search program "satisfies the special needs exception to the Fourth Amendment's usual requirement of individualized suspicion." [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] in an emergency special session [materials; JURIST report] in Geneva Friday adopted by majority vote a resolution [draft, PDF text] condemning Israel for violating international human rights laws in the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] involving Lebanon. Twenty-seven of the [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] France has consented to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] in a dispute with the East African country of Djibouti [CIA backgrounder] over an investigation into the alleged assassination of a French judge in 1995. The case is now on the ICJ case list [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The CIA reported in documents filed Thursday in the leak case [JURIST news archive] involving former vice-presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] that it has turned over to Libby's defense team redacted summaries of originally-classified daily presidential briefings. The defense sought the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] have arrested six election officials in Kinshasa for electoral fraud after an opposition group alleged widespread irregularities [JURIST report] in July's presidential election [AP report; tallied results]. Authorities allege that the officials were "caught red handed" tampering with [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish lawyer Alpaslan Aslan, on trial for the murder of a Turkish judge [JURIST report], caused a courtroom commotion Friday when, during the opening of his trial, his request to leave court to pray was denied, and he was forcibly restrained by courtroom guards when he attempted to leave. [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Kentucky [JURIST news archive] ruled Friday that executive immunity protects Gov. Ernie Fletcher [official website] from prosecution for alleged corrupt hiring practices while he is in office. Fletcher pleaded not guilty [JURIST] in June to charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [official website] has restricted the authority of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct [official website] by limiting the penalties that the commission can impose to discipline judges without the court's approval. Under state law [PDF], the Commission is made up of nine members: three [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and other rights organizations have called [letter, DOC] for a "full and immediate investigation into abuses at Louisiana correctional facilities" during and after Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] last year. In a scathing report [ACLU materials; press release] released Wednesday, the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] British banking officials froze the assets [notice, PDF; press release] Friday of 19 suspects believed to be involved in a terrorist plot to blow up multiple planes traveling from UK airports to various destinations in the United States, while also making those suspects' identities publicly available. UK police officials [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Thursday said that the Kyrgyzstan decision to extradite four Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] refugees and one asylum seeker back to Uzbekistan earlier this week was a breach of Kyrgyzstan's obligations under the Convention Against Torture [text] and warned [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Thursday said that the Kyrgyzstan decision to extradite four Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] refugees and one asylum seeker back to Uzbekistan earlier this week was a breach of Kyrgyzstan's obligations under the Convention Against Torture [text] and warned [read more]

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