Legal news from Wednesday, August 30, 2006
21:08 EDT

[JURIST] Scotland Yard [official website] received a final one-week extension from a High Court judge in London Wednesday, permitting British police to detain and question five British Muslim men suspected in connection with an alleged terror plot [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic for an additional [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland [official profile] condemned Israel [UN press conference summary] Wednesday for its "immoral" use of cluster bombs [FAS backgrounder; Cluster Munition Coalition advocacy website] in the most recent Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. Egeland based his criticism on UN officials' recent discovery [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps [official website] Wednesday held separate hearings preliminary to possible court-martial at Camp Pendleton [official website], California, for two of the eight American soldiers, including seven Marines and one Navy corpsman, charged [JURIST report] with the April 26 murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi man in [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A district court in Tokyo Wednesday dismissed an action filed on behalf of eight Chinese women who claim they were forced to act as sex slaves, or "comfort women" [SFCU backgrounder; JURIST report], for Japanese soldiers during World War II. The plaintiffs, teenagers during the war, sought both monetary [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday threw out a jury verdict holding Merck [corporate website] liable for $50 million in compensatory damages [JURIST report] to a retired FBI agent who claimed Merck's painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Bolivian constitutional convention [official website, in Spanish] championed by President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] has delayed voting on a motion that would allow the assembly to create a constitutional framework without having to answer to Congress or the judiciary. Tuesday's delay results from disputes [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Santiago Court of Appeals [Chilean judiciary website, in Spanish] has temporarily removed Judge Carlos Cerda from presiding over a probe into the finances of former Chile dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], after hearing arguments that Cerda has a "personal bias" against Pinochet. Pinochet's lawyer had [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday found Croatian journalist Josip Jovic guilty of contempt of the Tribunal for publishing transcripts of a closed court session and revealing the identity of a witness, current Croatian President Stipe Mesic [official profile], [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds [official website] on Tuesday ordered a last minute reprieve [press release] for death row inmate Elijah Page [SD AGO backgrounder], calling the 1984 state lethal injection law [text] outdated and expressing concern that state officials slated to perform the execution were at risk of [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A staff attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps [official website] was charged Tuesday with relaying secret national defense information to a person outside the government "with intent or reason to believe that the said information was to be used to the injury of the United States [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer involved in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage [official profile] has identified himself as the "initial and primary source" for the Robert Novak column that revealed Valerie Plame Wilson's CIA affiliation. The New York Times also [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a pesticide rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website], saying that the regulation does not violate the Clean Air Act [EPA materials] even though it may conflict with an international environmental treaty signed by the US. In [read more]

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