Legal news from Friday, October 27, 2006
18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian officials are considering whether to deport an American sex offender who reached a plea agreement [JURIST report] with a US judge allowing him to serve probation in Canada [JURIST news archive]. Malcolm Watson, a former teacher at a private school in Buffalo, was released on bail Friday a [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The British judge presiding over the trial of 13 men arrested [JURIST report] and charged [JURIST news archive] in connection with the alleged terror plot [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound jetliners over the Atlantic [JURIST news archive] urged prosecutors and defense lawyers Friday to avoid any further delays [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A UN human rights investigator expressed concern Friday that the US Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [text; JURIST news archive] would lead to lower worldwide standards regarding interrogation techniques and trial procedures for noncitizen detainees. Martin Scheinin [academic profile; CV], special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean federal judge Alejandro Solis ordered the arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Friday on charges in connection with 36 cases of kidnapping, 23 cases of torture and a single case of homicide at the Villa Grimaldi prison [Wikipedia backgrounder], an infamous political detention [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A new domestic violence law took effect in India [JURIST news archive] Friday, with some women's rights advocates welcoming it and others warning that the landmark legislation would not be adequately enforced. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 [text, PDF] prohibits marital rape and allows women [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four Chinese judges are facing trials for accepting bribes to fix the outcomes of cases in the province of Anhui [official backgrounder]. The charges coincide with statements [People's Daily report] by Chinese President Hu Jintao [People's Daily profile] - himself a native of Anhui - at an anti-corruption conference [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A UN General Assembly committee voted Thursday to begin work on a new treaty aiming to set uniform standards for global arms trade despite vocal opposition from the United States. The treaty would be directed at securing international cooperation in preventing arms deals that fuel wars or lead to [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] has confirmed a report [JURIST report] made last week that its security forces killed 193 people during election protests in May and in November [JURIST reports] last year. Mekonnen Disasa, a member of the inquiry board charged with investigating the government's response, [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] Thursday rejected an appeal by Palestinian villagers who claim that a 6-kilometer stretch of the border wall [Security Fence official website; JURIST news archive] currently being built will separate them from their crops. The court cited security concerns in its ruling, noting [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] is keeping 4 acquitted genocide suspects in custody because no other countries were willing to accept them, the court announced Friday. The suspects acquitted by the court cannot return to Rwanda [JURIST news archive] or stay in [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website] Thursday criticized the Secure Fence Act of 2006 [text, PDF; HR 6061 summary] signed [JURIST report] earlier in the day by President Bush. Fox called the legislation to build a 700-mile fence [JURIST new archive] along part of the US-Mexican border in an [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Algenon Marbley [official profile] granted a temporary restraining order [PDF] Thursday blocking enforcement of Ohio's voter ID law [Ohio SOS backgrounder] as it applies to absentee ballots [Ohio SOS backgrounder] because Ohio's 88 counties are applying it inconsistently. The order was issued following a suit [complaint, [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Chilean office of the HSBC [corporate website] bank said Thursday that it has no accounts in the name of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive] and that bank documents detailing Pinochet's alleged $160 million gold fortune supposedly held in its Hong Kong branch are forgeries. HSBC [read more]

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