Legal news from Sunday, October 22, 2006
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Conservative radio commentator Armstrong Williams [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] has agreed to pay the US Department of Education [official website] $34,000 after a year-long investigation of the commentator's agreement to endorse President Bush's education policies, a Department spokesperson confirmed Sunday. Williams has admitted no wrongdoing, but the Justice [read more]

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[JURIST] An Israeli Cabinet official admitted for the first time Sunday that Israel employed phosphorous bombs [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Hezbollah guerillas during this summer's conflict in Lebanon [JURIST news archive]. Israeli Cabinet Minister Jacob Edery [official profile] confirmed that the weapons were used during combat and not just for target [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile] said Sunday that a decision to lift martial law in Thailand [JURIST news archive] must be made prudently and in close consultation with security officials, given continuing efforts in some quarters to undermine the new government that took power after [read more]

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[JURIST] Britain's top judge has said that disregarding human rights will only breed resentment among immigrants to the UK and fuel support for terrorist efforts. In an address [text] delivered late last week at the University of Hertfordshire, Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips [BBC profile] endorsed the increasingly-controversial Human Rights [read more]

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[JURIST] Israel's Supreme Court [official website] has demanded that Israeli President Moshe Katsav [official website] explain within a week why he has not resigned or suspended his functions while facing a possible indictment for rape, sexual harassment, wire-tapping, and other charges [JURIST report], according to Israeli media reports Sunday. The [read more]

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[JURIST] California state corrections officials say that an emergency proclamation [JURIST report; text] by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] aimed at relieving prison overcrowding by transferring prisoners to out-of-state facilities is set for implementation next month. The program, intending to reduce the overcrowding of 172,000 inmates in facilities designed for [read more]

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