Legal news from Friday, September 8, 2006
17:09 EDT

[JURIST] Conrad Black [JURIST news archive; CBC profile], the Canadian-born former chairman of media company Hollinger International [corporate website], pleaded not guilty in Chicago Friday to the latest tax evasion charges [JURIST report] he faces stemming from his initial November 2005 indictment [JURIST report] related to the $2.1 billion sale [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] can now face human rights charges stemming from the torture of thousands of citizens at Villa Grimaldi prison [Wikipedia backgrounder], an infamous political detention center run by Pinochet’s secret police between 1974 and 1977, thanks to a ruling issued [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US military discovered several "torture chambers" northeast of Baghdad in May and June, Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner II [official profile], the senior commander of US and Iraqi forces in northern Iraq, said Friday. Turner told Pentagon reporters via teleconference [transcript] about the discovery of the "torture chambers," [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that its Division of Corporation Finance [official website] will begin drafting an amendment [press release] to an SEC Rule under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [text, PDF] which says a company can deny its [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, Amnesty International [advocacy website] has alleged that efforts by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to provide housing for the hundreds of thousands of residents he forcefully evicted in 2005 have fallen well short of international human rights standards. Amnesty's report [text] presents evidence of a complete [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush's announcement that 14 terrorism suspects have been transferred from secret CIA prisons to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] is "significant" but not sufficient, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] said through a spokesman Friday. Instead, Arbour renewed a demand that the prisons be [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] has called on all European Union (EU) [official website] member states to collaborate in stemming the tide of illegal immigrants. On Thursday, Barroso wrote a letter [PDF text] to the heads of the 25 countries of the EU, stating that "the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Military Commissions Act of 2006 [PDF text; White House fact sheet] would allow CIA agents and others to use interrogation techniques not condoned by the US Department of Defense [official website] and would restrict federal courts' ability to enforce prisoner rights guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Oregon has allowed a lawsuit by the US branch of the Saudi Arabia-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation [Wikipedia profile] to proceed against the US government over the warrantless wiretapping [JURIST news archive] of communications between the foundation and its attorneys. On Thursday, Judge Garr King of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile], who was certified as the winner [JURIST report] of Mexico's disputed presidential election earlier this week, said Thursday that he will advocate for US immigration reform [JURIST news archive] to allow Mexicans currently in America without papers to work [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge issued a preliminary ruling and injunction on Thursday to prevent the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official website] from selling oil and gas leases to land near Teshekpuk Lake [Sierra Club backgrounder] in Alaska to oil companies. US District Court Judge James Singleton ruled that [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush's recent acknowledgement of secret CIA prisons for important terror detainees [JURIST report] was motivated by the personal urgings of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to release all British prisoners, and from pleas to close the sites from other US allies, along with US Secretary of State Condoleezza [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage [official profile] personally admitted to leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson during a phone interview on Thursday. Armitage apologized for the leak, which he maintains was unintentional. Armitage said the admission came during interviews with reporters Bob Woodward and [read more]

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