Legal news from Thursday, August 24, 2006
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday upheld [opinion text, PDF] the constitutional authority of the US president to regulate financial transactions with foreign countries involving the United States. The court rejected a claim by a Jordanian man, Osameh Al Wahaidy [profile], that former President George [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] British police [London Metropolitan Police Service website] charged 24-year-old Umair Hussain Thursday with failing to disclose information that could have prevented a terrorist attack, specifically an alleged plan [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic. Hussain is the 12th [list] suspect charged [JURIST report] in connection [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Burundi politician whose statements about an alleged coup plot [JURIST report] to overthrow the African nation's government led to a security crackdown told radio stations on Thursday that he was tortured by the Burundi police and intelligence bureau Documentation Nationale and threatened with death if he did not [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Kentucky [JURIST news archive] Thursday dismissed with prejudice charges against Gov. Ernie Fletcher [official website] in the wake of a settlement agreement, meaning that prosecutors are barred from continuing the criminal case against Fletcher in connection with alleged corrupt hiring practices. Fletcher pleaded not guilty [JURIST] [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] South Africa's cabinet on Thursday sent a civil unions bill to the parliament that would place same-sex partnerships on equal footing with traditional marriages. The parliament is expected to approve the bill, which was mandated by a December 2005 ruling [judgment,PDF; summary] of the South African Constitutional Court [official [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Negotiators for Maoist rebels in the Nepal constitutional talks expressed reservations Thursday that the draft interim constitution, to be presented Friday, does not address the key issue of whether the new government should retain elements of the former monarchical system. The six-person Interim Constitution Drafting Committee (ICDC) was formed [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) [official website] ruled Thursday to uphold the deportation order of an Algerian citizen known to the court as "Y," finding that Algeria has improved their human rights record so that the deportee's human rights would not be put in jeopardy, and that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Government-sponsored mortgage dealer Fannie Mae [Federal National Mortgage Association website] announced Thursday that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has discontinued its two-year investigation [press release] into alleged accounting violations, though criminal prosecutions could still be brought against individual employees. Fannie Mae was notified by the US Attorney for [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 173-32 [press release] to uphold a decision [JURIST report] last week by the House Committee on Justice [official website], defeating impeachment proceedings against Philippines President Gloria Macapagal [official website; BBC profile] and preventing a trial in the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour Wednesday urged [press release] the adoption of an increasingly-problematic draft of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [official website; JURIST report], a proposed treaty to protect the rights of the disabled. Arbour said the agreement would "address [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Thursday approved the over-the-counter sale [press release] of the "morning after" or Plan B emergency contraceptive pill [product backgrounder], to women 18 and over. A controversial provision of the FDA's approval requires a doctor's prescription for women under 18 [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chen Guangcheng [HRW case timeline], a blind Chinese human rights legal activist, was sentenced Thursday to four years and three months in prison for damaging property and "organizing a mob to disturb traffic." Chen supporters have said, however, that the charges were fabricated and he was actually arrested for [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into how CBS News and other media outlets learned of a criminal investigation into the activities of two pro-Israel lobbyists before they were formally charged. In an opinion released Tuesday, US District Judge T.S. Ellis III declined [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A lawsuit filed by the United Mine Workers of America [union website], seeking to compel the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) [official website] to perform periodic checks of "self-contained self-rescuers" oxygen units and lead mandatory emergency training for all mine workers, was dismissed Wednesday. The claim was [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that former presidential candidate Ralph Nader [CNN backgrounder; personal website] and his running mate Peter Miguel Camejo [PVS profile] must pay more than $80,000 in expenses for a lawsuit challenging Nader's petition drive and nominating papers to appear [read more]

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