Legal news from Tuesday, October 10, 2006
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar [official profile; official website] was charged Tuesday with more than a dozen counts of corruption. The charges filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, a special corruption court that has the power to strip elected officials of immunity, were related to the alleged diversion of [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing the estate of former Enron [JURIST news archive] chairman Ken Lay [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] have filed papers asking US District Judge Sim Lake [Houston Chronicle profile] to rule on a nearly two-month-old request to clear Lay’s record [JURIST news archive], dismissing his 2004 indictment [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The whereabouts and fate of at least 40 prisoners captured by Canadian forces in and around Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] and later transferred to local or US authorities since the invasion of the country by US-led forces in 2001 is unknown, according to a Canadian newspaper report. Montreal's La [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [UN Mission in Liberia news release, PDF] began hearing public testimony Tuesday, with several people testifying about the crimes and abuse that occurred during the country's 14-year civil war [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder]. One man testified that he was taken by rebel forces as a [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lee Boyd Malvo [BBC profile] pleaded guilty Tuesday to six Maryland murders that occurred during a three-week shooting spree [BBC backgrounder] in the Washington, DC area [WP map] in 2002. A sentencing hearing for the pleas will occur on November 6, when Malvo is expected to receive six life [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in United States v. Resendiz-Ponce [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 05-998, a case that asks justices to decide whether leaving an element of a crime out of an indictment is harmless error. Juan [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile] said Tuesday that his government will lift martial law "as soon as we can and when the situation is suitable." The promise came during the first cabinet meeting of the new government, which was installed [BBC report] Monday after receiving [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] In a plenary session of the UN General Assembly [official website] Monday, judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] urged UN member states to work closely with the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey [JURIST news archive] asked the European Union [official website] Monday to express opposition to a proposed French law which would imposes fines and jail terms on anyone who denies that there was an Armenian genocide [ANI backgrounder]. France [JURIST news archive] currently has approximately 400,000 citizens of Armenian [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The military rulers of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Tuesday resumed discussions on a new constitution [JURIST report] amidst criticism of the junta's role in the constitutional drafting process. The military has run Myanmar since 1962 and critics have noted that the talks so far have resulted in a draft [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was again thrown out of court during his trial on genocide charges [BBC timeline] Tuesday after he tried to speak into the microphone during court proceedings. Chief Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa immediately turned off the microphone and ordered bailiffs to remove Hussein from the [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US delivered a list of proposed sanctions against North Korea (DPRK) [JURIST news archive] to the UN Security Council [official website] Monday at a meeting to discuss North Korea's reported underground nuclear testing [JURIST report]. The US proposed a wide range of sanctions, including freezing all assets given [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] Monday challenging a list of felony crimes which prevent convicted individuals from voting in the state. The lawsuit was filed against the offices of the Mississippi Secretary of State [official website] and the Mississippi Attorney [read more]

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