Legal news from Saturday, September 23, 2006
17:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US Special Forces team in Afghanistan allegedly abused and killed two detainees in their custody and then coordinated their stories so that superior officers in the chain of command never discovered the incidents, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. One detainee was allegedly shot to death after he [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups have called on the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to support an "independent international human rights monitoring mechanism" to guard against human rights violations and alleged disregard for civilian casualties in fighting between Sri Lanka government forces and the rebel Tamil Tigers that has claimed [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Already braced for a Congressional hearing Monday on its admitted use of 'pretexting' [SEC filing], technology giant Hewlett Packard Co. [corporate website] announced Friday that Board Chairman Patricia Dunn will resign immediately [HP press release], rather than in January as previously scheduled [HP press release], and that CEO Mark [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A range of rights groups, military lawyers and legal scholars Friday ripped into the deal [JURIST report] on military commissions legislation [JURIST news archive] reached Thursday between top Senate Republicans and the White House. American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] spokeperson Caroline Fredrickson called on legislators to reject the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury in North Dakota sentenced a man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a college student to the death penalty [JURIST news archive] Friday after almost two days of deliberation. Convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was originally charged [indictment, text] under federal law in the US District [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament of Nepal [JURIST news archive] passed a law Friday that formally divests King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] and the royal family [official website] of power over the Nepalese Army. Friday's legislation affirmed parliament's proclamation [JURIST report] of May 18 in which the newly-reinstated legislature stripped the [read more]

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