Legal news from Saturday, October 7, 2006
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the justice committee that reviews draft legislation in Turkey's parliament [official website] warned in an interview published in a Turkish newspaper Saturday that if France attempts to make it a crime to deny that the Ottoman Empire's treatment of the Armenians in 1915-18 [ANI backgrounder] was [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [OYEZ profile; JURIST news archive] will be one of three justices on a panel hearing cases next week for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website]. Under federal law [28 US Code § 294], current or [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] told US President George W. Bush in a telephone conversation Friday that Canada was filing an official protest regarding the US treatment of Maher Arar [JURIST news archive], a Canadian citizen detained by US authorities on a 2002 stopover at JFK airport [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Parish Criminal District Court [official website] Judge Arthur Hunter on Friday released four inmates from jail who he claims were being held in violation of their constitutional right to adequate legal representation after the Hurricane Katrina disaster [JURIST news archive]. Hunter postponed the trials until effective counsel [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Defense attorneys for Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], now formally accused of being an al Qaeda agent, moved this week to dismiss the charges against him based on allegedly illegal actions by the prosecution. Padilla's attorneys accuse the US government of subjecting him to severe physical abuse and threats, [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan Ambassador to the UN Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem on Friday disputed [recorded video] the latest report from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [JURIST news archive] to the UN Security Council [official website] on ongoing violations of human rights in country's Darfur [JURIST news archive] region, claiming that many of the alleged [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ex-Enron [JURIST news archive] vice-president Paula Rieker was sentenced Friday to 2 years probation for insider trading, avoiding up to ten years' imprisonment. Judge Melinda Harmon [official website] of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] reduced Rieker's sentence in exchange for her cooperation [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Government Accountability Office [official website] says that erroneous terror watch lists [FBI FAQ; JURIST news archive] are delaying thousands of travelers moving in and through the United States. A GAO report [PDF] on the lists published last Friday noted:Although the total number of misidentifications that have occurred [read more]

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