Legal news from Thursday, September 28, 2006
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] approved its version [S 3930] of the military commissions bill [JURIST news archive] in a 65-34 vote [roll call] late Thursday after narrowly rejecting several amendments, including one sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive] which [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee [committee website] lambasted [chairman's statement] executives of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Thursday for their role in a corporate espionage scandal and demanded to know why company executives and attorneys did not put a stop to the [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli [official profile] made a formal apology [text] Thursday to Maher Arar [advocacy website; CBC timeline], the Canadian citizen who on suspicion of being linked to Al Qaeda was deported from the US to Syria in 2002 and tortured there. Zaccardelli publicly accepted [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] called for an end to Saddam's genocide trial [JURIST news archive] in a statement issued Thursday, rejecting the proceeding as nothing more than a "farce" used to "offend the dignity of president Saddam and his comrades." As quoted by AFP, the statement [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor on Thursday rejected the Bush Administration’s proposal to continue its domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive; US DOJ fact sheet, PDF] while her August 17 decision [opinion, PDF] finding the program unconstitutional and ordering its shutdown is being appealed, but did allow the [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Belgian Data Privacy Commission [official website] released an advisory report Thursday concluding [press release] that the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [official website], the Belgium-based international banking cooperative, has been supplying the US Department of Treasury [official website] with "massive amounts of personal data for surveillance [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang [official website] has denied a BBC report [text] that human organs were being routinely taken from executed prisoners and sold to foreigners, saying that the donors must first give written consent [JURIST report] to the sale of their organs before any such transaction takes [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Hewlett-Packard [corporate website] announced [HP press release] the immediate resignation of its general counsel Thursday prior to a hearing [JURIST report] held by a US House Energy and Commerce Committee [official website] panel to question key company officials on their knowledge of a telephone spying scandal. Ann Baskins [profile] [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Susan Dlott [official profile] ruled Wednesday that an Ohio law prohibiting use of the abortion-inducing pill RU-486 [Wikipedia backgrounder] is unconstitutional. The law was modeled after a regulation issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] six years ago that warned against administering the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Edward Lodge of the District of Idaho [official website] on Wednesday ruled that former US Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile] does not have absolute immunity from a lawsuit alleging that the government wrongfully arrested plaintiff Abdullah al Kidd as a material witness [HRW backgrounder] in [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] French judge Jean-Claude Kross Wednesday postponed a verdict in the trial [JURIST report] of six former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees accused of attending combat training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive], saying the court needs more information on French intelligence missions to Guantanamo. [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] officials testified [press release; witness list] Wednesday that the number of refugees [JURIST news archive] admitted to the US has fallen by 23 percent as a result of provisions in the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF; JURIST report] and the Real ID Act [text, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A writer of the draft constitution [JURIST report] for Thailand [JURIST news archive] confirmed Thursday that the country's military rulers, who seized control [JURIST report] in a bloodless coup on September 19, will have a continued role in the otherwise-civilian government after a new prime minister is appointed. Meechai [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday set a 2009 trial date for the lawsuit [JURIST report; court documents via AMD] by computer chip-maker Advanced Micro Designs (AMD) [corporate website] against arch-rival Intel [corporate website] after ruling [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that AMD cannot proceed in US courts with a major portion of [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The heirs of slaves, who filed federal lawsuits against companies that allegedly profited from slavery before the abolition of the practice in the United States, argued [recorded audio, MP3] Wednesday in front of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] that their cases should be heard. US [read more]

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