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

[JURIST] Top US military lawyers signed two letters [PDF text] sent to Congress earlier this week supporting President Bush's proposed legislation [PDF text] on military commissions [JURIST news archive] after being urged to do so by the Pentagon's politically-appointed top civilian counsel, the New York Times reported Saturday. Members of [read more]

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[JURIST] Voters in Portugal could go to the polls in January 2007 to vote in a referendum on the legalization of abortion [JURIST news archive] after the ruling Socialist Party [party website, in Portuguese] made the proposal [press release, in Portuguese] on Friday. A party spokesperson stated that current legislation [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army spokesman said Friday that the Army has added a new specification to charges against 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile] based on a speech [text and video] he gave in August to Veterans for Peace [advocacy website] in which Watada advocated that "to stop [read more]

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[JURIST] UN humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland [official profile] told the UN Security Council on Friday that sexual abuse of women and girls by soldiers in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] "has become a cancer in Congolese society that seems to be out of control", and said [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leftist protestors objecting to the official results of Mexico's July 2 presidential election [JURIST news archive] took down their so-called "resistance camps" on Mexico City's Reforma Avenue Friday. Supporters of losing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile] stated that they will find alternate means [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two members of the Aryan Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder] prison gang, previously found guilty [AP report] on charges of conspiracy, murder, and racketeering in July, will now serve terms of life in prison without parole after the death penalty [JURIST news archive] phase of their proceeding ended in a mistrial [read more]

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