Legal news from Monday, October 2, 2006
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Eight former Serbian police officers went on trial Monday in Belgrade's special war crimes court charged [JURIST report] with the slaying of 48 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. Their commander pleaded not guilty; the remaining defendants will enter their pleas Tuesday. All of the victims, who were killed [read more]

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[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official website] is reconsidering the removal from Australian libraries of books which the government fears may incite terrorist activity. In a television interview [transcript] Monday Ruddock expressed a willingness to allow structured and limited research access to two banned books on jihad by the [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday denied motions by former Alabama governor Don Siegelman [official profile] and former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] to overturn their corruption convictions. US District Judge Mark Fuller [official profile] ruled there was "substantial evidence" to back jury verdicts against them.In June [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The White House announced [memorandum text] Monday that the Bush administration will allow US military aid for nearly two dozen countries that have not signed so-called Article 98 agreements [State Department backgrounder] which shield US soldiers from prosecution before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Germany [JURIST news archive] should consider amending its penal code to allow the use of swastikas in anti-Nazi materials, Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries [official profile, English version] said Monday. Zypries' remarks follow Friday's decision by a state court in Stuttgart [Deutsche Welle report] ordering Juergen Kamm to pay a [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday turned back a number of cases brought before it for appeal, including that of a Maine advocacy group [docket] which the Court deemed moot. The nonprofit Christian Civic League of Maine had challenged a district court dismissal [JURIST report] of its challenge to the [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico [JURIST news archive] urged President Bush on Monday to veto the Secure Fence Act of 2006 [text, PDF] authorizing the construction of a 700-mile fence along the US-Mexico border [JURIST news archive]. A spokesman for Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website, English version] said the bill "hurts bilateral [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) [advocacy website] has been hit with new voter fraud allegations stemming from an aggressive voter registration drive focusing on helping poor people overcome obstacles to the ballot. Philadelphia has reported 3,000 invalid voting cards submitted by ACORN since April because [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Conservative Party shadow Home Secretary David Davis [official website] attacked the ruling Labour party Monday for passing anti-terror laws limiting traditional freedoms, valuing the rights of criminals over those of defendants, failing to prosecute terrorists, and releasing foreign prisoners, among other complaints. In a wide-ranging speech [transcript] before [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A new law coming into effect Monday in England and Wales requires criminal defendants to pass a financial means test [materials] to qualify for free legal aid in cases before magistrates' courts. The Criminal Defence Service Act of 2006 [materials; backgrounder], which received royal assent at the end of [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] France has issued arrest warrants for two high-ranking officials of the east African country of Djibouti [CIA backgrounder] in connection with the investigation into the alleged assassination of a French judge in 1995. French officials suspect Djibouti state prosecutor Djama Souleiman and security chief Hassan Said of interfering with [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian man who was convicted [JURIST report] in February of receiving money from an al-Qaeda associate but then successfully appealed has appealed the Australian government's issuance of a control order [JURIST report] limiting his freedom of movement. Joseph Terrence "Jihad Jack" Thomas [advocacy website] won his appeal [Australian [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] begins its fall term on Monday, assembling briefly to issue Orders and to swear in several lawyers to the Supreme Court bar. As its usual opening on the first Monday in October falls this year on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, [read more]

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[JURIST] King Abdullah II of Jordan [official website] issued a "special amnesty" on Saturday for two opposition party lawmakers who were convicted of incitement [JURIST report] in August for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they visited Zarqawi's [read more]

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[JURIST] King Abdullah II of Jordan [official website] issued a "special amnesty" on Saturday for two opposition party lawmakers who were convicted of incitement [JURIST report] in August for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they visited Zarqawi's [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] sent a letter [text] to the Justice Department Sunday seeking an investigation into the developing sex and ethics scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) [former website]. Foley resigned Friday [Reuters report] after ABC News reported that he had sent congressional pages [read more]

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