Legal news from Thursday, September 14, 2006
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Missouri judge ruled Thursday that a state law [SB 1014 text, PDF; summary] requiring voters to show a Missouri-issued photo identification at the polls [Missouri Dept. of Revenue backgrounder] violates the state constitution [text] because it is "an impermissible additional qualification to vote." Those who support the law [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwandan government [official website] Thursday threatened to stop working with the UN-sponsored International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] because it believes the ICTR employs genocide suspects. Rwanda pointed to the ICTR's pressure on Tanzania to free [ICTR press releases] Callixte Gakwaya, a lawyer [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] unanimously approved a port security bill [HR 4954 text] Thursday that would require the government to install radiation-detection devices at US ports and to test the feasibility of scanning US-bound cargo overseas. Senators nonetheless voted 61-37 [roll call] against setting a four-year deadline for [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A New York appeals court Thursday granted the request of former New York Stock Exchange [corporate website] chairman Richard Grasso [Wikipedia profile] to delay the trial in a civil lawsuit filed by the state over the $187.5 million compensation package he received in 2003. The trial was set to [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US officials Thursday released two Kuwaiti men [press release] who had been held for four years at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Cuba, after the military announced their intended transfer [JURIST report] over the weekend. It is currently unclear whether Omar Rajab Amin and [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration said Thursday that the US Senate was "trying to play politics" by putting off a vote on the status of John Bolton [official profile] as US ambassador to the United Nations [official website]. Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) [official website] moved to table a committee vote [JURIST [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court in Mumbai convicted a fifth man Thursday in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder], a series of attacks which killed 257 people and injured over 700 others in India's financial center. The court found that Mohammed Ghanser planted explosives near the Zaveri Bazaar market [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A UN report released Thursday urges countries to develop a common understanding of the "precautionary principle," [ISIS backgrounder] a term freely used by nations that do not want to allow certain trade products to enter their borders on health or environmental grounds. The study, conducted by the UN University's [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The paper ballots from Mexico's disputed July 2 presidential election [JURIST news archive] will be destroyed under the order of the Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish], despite objections from President-elect Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile] who wanted the ballots preserved in an effort to [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] has delayed introducing legislation that would change Islamic rape and adultery laws after a deal with Islamist parties over a watered-down version of the 2006 Protection of Women Bill [BBC report] fell through, according to Pakistani officials Thursday. Earlier this month, members [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Wednesday passed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 [S 2590 summary], legislation that provides for the creation of a website to allow the public access to information regarding companies which receive government contracts and grants. The new measure, which [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The investigating officer presiding over preliminary hearings for a US Marine accused of kidnapping and murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian [JURIST report] has recommended that the Marine face court-martial on murder charges, the Marine's lawyer said Wednesday. US Marine Corps [official website] Pfc. John Jodka III is accused of [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Thursday debated a proposed bill [PDF text] to remove power from the federal executive to overturn laws passed by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [official website] federal district. The new bill was proposed after Australia Governor-General Michael Jeffrey [official website] allowed the federal [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Abdullah al-Amiri, the Shiite judge presiding over the second Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], said in court Thursday that he did not believe Hussein should be called a dictator, just one day after the prosecution requested that al-Amiri remove himself [JURIST report] from the case for reasons of [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees face deportation and human rights abuses in Libya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a new report [text; press release] released Wednesday. The monitoring group found that Libya has repatriated 145,000 foreigners between 2003 and 2005, despite the possibility that they will [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] Thursday convicted a fourth man of being involved in the October 2005 bombings [BBC report] of three restaurants in Bali which killed 26 civilians and injured over 100 people. The Denpasar district court sentenced Anif Solchanudin to 15 years in prison for [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Netherlands Minister of Justice Piet Hein Donner [official profile] Wednesday defended controversial comments he made during an interview suggesting that if a large majority of the Dutch people wanted to be ruled by Islamic law, then that couldn't be legally prevented. The comments drew intense criticism from opposition politicians [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Thursday released a report [text] accusing Hezbollah of violating international law by deliberately and indiscriminately killing Israeli civilians through its firing of rockets into Israel during the 34-day Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. The rights group said Hezbollah militants committed war crimes when they [read more]

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