Legal news from Friday, September 15, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] At a press conference [transcript; recorded video] in the Rose Garden Friday, President Bush urged members of Congress to approve his proposed legislation [PDF text; White House fact sheet] authorizing the use of military commissions [JURIST news archive] for terror detainees and enemy combatants, currently competing for passage with [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez [official profile] said in a speech [text] Friday that Cuba [JURIST news archive] should hold a referendum on democracy as a countervailing force to the ongoing dictatorship of Cuban President Fidel Castro [BBC profile]. Gutierrez, a Cuban-American, suggested that the Organization of American [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] One week after US President Bush confirmed [JURIST report; speech transcript] the existence of secret prisons for high-value terror suspects [CRS report text, via Secrecy News] run by the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] abroad, top-level members of the Council of the European Union [official website] publicly criticized [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] While noting that "many of our nations are making progress on human rights," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile; JURIST news archive] urged nations belonging to the Non-Aligned Movement [NAM backgrounder, DOC; Wikipedia backgrounder] Friday to "fulfill their obligations to their people at home" by ending the suppression of [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission [official website; JURIST news archive] has said the agency ordered the destruction of a 2004 draft working paper [PDF text] that examined the effect of corporate group ownership on local television news coverage. Adam Candeub [academic profile], who was an attorney-advisor [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian military tribunal in Rome has indicted three Italian soldiers for a 2004 attack on an ambulance in the town of Nasiriyah in Iraq [JURIST news archive] that resulted in the deaths of four civilians, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported [report, in Italian] Thursday. The three soldiers [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] will provide copies of oral argument transcripts on the Court's website the same day that cases are heard when the Court begins its new term on October 2, the court announced [press release] Thursday. In the past, the Court has offered same-day transcripts [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Nine former federal judges sent a letter [PDF text] to Congress on Thursday raising concerns about a provision in the proposed Military Commissions Act of 2006 [JURIST report] that, according to the judges, would "strip the federal courts of jurisdiction to test the lawfulness of Executive detention at the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Netherlands [official website, in Dutch] on Friday refused to extradite [press release, in Dutch] the leader of the Kurdistan Worker's Party [official website, FAS backgrounder] to Turkey, citing the possibility that she could be tortured after returning to the country. Nuriye Kesbir is accused [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three former employees of the Election Commission of Thailand [official website, in Thai] received their second conviction on Friday for dereliction of duty in the April 2 election [BBC report]. The officials, who are appealing a July four-year sentence for abuse of power [JURIST report], were found to have [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Thursday adopted a new rule requiring lawmakers to disclose their sponsorship of so-called "earmarks" inserted into bills to fund special spending projects. H.Res. 1000 [summary] requires that bills coming out of committee, bills containing tax measures, and conference reports list all earmarks [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile, in Spanish; Euroresidentes profile] acknowledged Thursday that US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] planes transporting detainees to secret prisons [JURIST news archive] in Europe may have stopped over on its soil. Moratinos told a European Parliament committee that although the [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Japan [court website] rejected a death penalty appeal Friday by former cult leader Shoko Asahara [BBC profile; JURIST report], who was convicted of masterminding the 1995 nerve gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system [MIPT report]. Asahara, the former head of Aum Shinrikyo [Wikipedia backgrounder], [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 283-138 [roll call] Thursday for a bill providing for the construction of a 700-mile fence along the US-Mexico border designed to curb illegal immigration [JURIST news archive]. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 [PDF text; HR 6061 summary] also provides that the Department [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Colorado Division of Civil Rights (CCRD) [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that an employer violated the state's anti-discrimination laws when it fired an employee who was preparing to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Intermountain Testing [corporate website] claimed David Cornwell, now known as Danielle Cornwell, was let go [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) [official website] is expected to plead guilty to at least one criminal charge stemming from his involvement with lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive], Republican officials announced Thursday. Ney is expected to admit to filing a false House disclosure report, where he claimed to [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] voted 15-9 Thursday to send a bill authorizing military commissions [PDF text; JURIST report] drafted by Republican Senators John Warner, Lindsey Graham and John McCain to the full Senate for consideration despite objections from the White House, which has offered its [read more]

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