Legal news from Wednesday, September 6, 2006
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Back from their summer recess, US House and Senate lawmakers are considering bills this week that address the legality of the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], which involves warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency [official website]. The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Belgrade District Court [official website] announced Wednesday that a new presiding judge has been named in the trial of 13 suspects charged with the March 2003 assassination [JURIST report] of former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic [BBC obituary; memorial website]. Judge Nata Mesarovic will fill the presiding judge [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-eight days after initially detaining five British Muslim men among almost two dozen others arrested early last month in connection with an alleged terror plot [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic, Scotland Yard [official website] has formally charged two of the still-jailed suspects, Donald Douglas [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer Wednesday sentenced former Illinois Governor George Ryan [Wikipedia profile; defense website] to 6 1/2 years imprisonment after dropping 2 of the 18 counts against him, holding that there was not enough evidence to convict Ryan on those charges. Defense attorneys stated that a term [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President Bush on Wednesday presented the Military Commissions Act of 2006 [PDF text; White House fact sheet], proposed legislation that would authorize military commissions [JURIST news archive] for terror detainees and enemy combatants. The Bush administration agreed to work with Congress [JURIST report] to authorize military commissions for [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, a spokesperson for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has told the Ugandan paper Daily Monitor [media website] that the ICC would make no move to cooperate with demands by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder] rebels wanting a cancellation of ICC indictments in [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Shiite United Iraqi Alliance [BBC profile] presented a draft plan for dictating the division of Iraq into autonomous regions to the Iraq National Assembly [official website] on Wednesday. The draft law reportedly provides for autonomy for the Shiite-majority south and recognizes the existing autonomy of the three northern [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The highest court in the Netherlands, the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden [official website, in Dutch; Wikipedia backgrounder], on Tuesday affirmed the use of intelligence information in terror prosecutions by sustaining the convictions of three defendants charged with terrorist activity. The court also said that intelligence information could be used [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Danish court on Wednesday ordered the detention of two men arrested during a police raid on an Odense suburb [Danish Justice Ministry press release, in Danish] on Tuesday morning. The court determined that there was enough evidence to hold the two for four weeks while the investigation into [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday identified increasing financial costs in the war on terrorism as the reason that additional federal funding for local and state law enforcement is not forthcoming. Mayors and police chiefs for several US cities have criticized the lack of [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President Bush on Wednesday acknowledged [speech transcript] that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] has operated secret prisons outside the US where high-value terror suspects [DNI backgrounder, PDF] were detained, and said that 14 of those suspects [DNI profiles, PDF] have now been transferred to the Defense [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A new US Army Field Manual on intelligence interrogations [Human Intelligence Collector Operations text, PDF] released [US Army press release] Wednesday specifies that the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] apply to all detainees and eliminates separate standards for the questioning of prisoners of war and enemy combatants [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina [JURIST news archive] Tuesday ruled unconstitutional a presidential pardon extended to Jorge Rafael Videla [Wikipedia profile], who prosecutors say led Argentina's military junta during the worst periods of the so-called "Dirty War" [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder] crackdown on dissidents between 1976 and 1983 that resulted in [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Virginia [court website], the state's second-highest court, upheld the nation's first felony conviction for computer spamming on Tuesday, ruling that Virginia's anti-spamming statute [text] does not violate the First Amendment or the so-called Dormant Commerce Clause, and is not unconstitutionally vague. On appeal, admitted [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile], the defeated Mexican presidential candidate, said Tuesday that he refused to recognize the officially-declared victory of president-elect Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile] and confirmed plans to establish a parallel government [press release, in Spanish] representing what [read more]

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