Legal news from Monday, November 6, 2006
21:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Leandro Despouy Monday delivered his own scathing verdict on the Iraqi trial process which led over the weekend to a death sentence for ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, urging the rapid establishment of an international tribunal to [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Jaafar Moussawai [JURIST news archive], chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity in Dujail, said Monday that an appeals panel would likely rule on his verdict and sentence in mid-January 2007, setting the stage for his possible execution in mid-February. His [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for a southern California Indian tribe argued before the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Monday that the tribe is exempt from the National Labor Relations Act [text] on grounds of tribal sovereignty. The San Manuel tribe [website] is appealing a 2004 ruling [PDF text] which asserted National [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Munley Monday extended a temporary restraining order [PDF text] blocking enforcement [JURIST report] of two Hazleton, Pennsylvania [official website] immigration laws for 120 days so that both sides can prepare for trial on their validity. The temporary restraining order was initially set to expire on [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Wallace v. Chicago Police Officers [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 05-1240, a case where a man illegally arrested is seeking to sue the police officers responsible for his arrest. Andre Wallace was [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Mohammad Munaf, a US citizen convicted and sentenced to death by an Iraqi judge, asked [PDF text] the US Supreme Court [official website] Monday to delay his transfer to Iraqi custody while US courts consider his case. Munaf was arrested in Romania in 2005 on kidnapping charges [JURIST report] [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [HRW backgrounder] Monday began the trial [press release] of Momcilo Mandic [US DOS backgrounder], a former interior minister and then justice minister in the Bosnian Serb government of Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder] from 1992-95. Mandic pleaded not [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Several more European leaders voiced concern Monday over the death sentence [JURIST report; BBC Q/A] handed down over the weekend for Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants in the Dujail crimes against humanity case [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline]. In a London press conference, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court on Monday convicted Egyptian Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed [CBC profile] for his role in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive], sentencing him to ten years in prison. Ahmed's trial began earlier this year [JURIST report] and marks the first conviction for any suspects in [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities Monday began the delicate process of lifting the curfew [JURIST report] imposed in Baghdad and two other provinces over the weekend in anticipation of possible violence following Sunday's announcement of the Dujail trial verdict against ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. Civilians are now allowed [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judicial independence has been threatened by legislative and executive branches of government across the country, former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [OYEZ profile] told a group of 800 judges, lawyers, and others at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference [official website] Friday. On Tuesday, South Dakota voters will [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq, Haiti, Guinea, and Myanmar rank as the world's most corrupt nations in 2006 according to the latest annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index [corruption index; press release] released Monday. The report shows a strong link between poverty and corruption as perceived by experts, with nearly three-fourths of the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] is prepared to return to Thailand to answer to possible corruption charges, Thaksin's lawyer said Monday, though Thailand has struggled to find evidence [JURIST report] of Thaksin's alleged corruption following September's bloodless military coup [JURIST report]. Coup leaders have maintained [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk [BBC profile] has filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to his former position as a university professor, arguing that he should not have been fired in response to fraud, embezzlement, and bioethics charges [JURIST report] connected to his claims to have produced stem cell [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A business associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile] lost his appeal Monday on corruption charges [JURIST report] before the highest appeals court in South Africa, leaving Zuma's name tarnished as a potential presidential candidate. Businessman Schabir Shaik was accused of paying Zuma for political [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Statistics indicate that the US Justice Department has declined to prosecute 87 percent of all terrorism case referrals from the FBI in fiscal year 2006, according to new findings [TRAC materials] released by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) [official website]. The numbers, obtained by TRAC from the [read more]

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