Legal news from Friday, November 10, 2006
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Netherlands cabinet announced plans Friday to press for a ban on the wearing of the full-length Muslim burqa [Wikipedia backgrounder] and the niqab [BBC backgrounder], the Muslim headscarf for women that leaves only the eyes visible. Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk [official profile in Dutch] said the goverment [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Rwandan community court convicted a Catholic nun of genocide charges Friday for assisting in the Hutumassacre of Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder]. The nun, Theopister Mukakibibi, reportedly aided Hutu extremist groups and facilitated the slaughter of several hundred Tutsis who sought refuge in [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors have reportedly added an 11-page handwritten note to their compilation of evidence in the case of the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile] in Italy. In the note, Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, claims he [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] has advocated a range of criminal sentencing reforms for UK courts in a consultation paper [text, PDF] released Thursday that accords judges greater discretion to increase sentences for dangerous criminals and advises judges to explicitly state the minimum and maximum sentences for [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's highest-ranking judges took the unusual step Thursday of responding publicly and negatively to a suggestion by Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews [official website] that law enforcement representatives be added to the regional panels that screen candidates for federal judgeships, saying that no changes should take place without "meaningful [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Affirmative action coalition By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) [advocacy website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of Proposal 2 [text, PDF], the amendment approved [JURIST report] by Michigan voters on Nov. 7 to restrict affirmative action [JURIST news archive] in state public employment, public education and [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Leeds Crown Court jury entered a unanimous not guilty verdict Friday for British National Party (BNP) [party website; BBC profile] leader Nick Griffin [Wikipedia profile] and senior aide Mark Collett in their retrial on charges of inciting racial hatred [JURIST report]. Outside the courthouse, Griffin characterized the outcome [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UK man was convicted Thursday of inciting racial hatred during a February protest [BBC report] in London against publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. Mizanur Rahman, 23, was arrested after a rally at the Danish embassy in Chelsea and also charged with inciting murder, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill appear likely to clash over legislation authorizing domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] of suspected terrorists when the lame-duck Congress returns to Washington next week. During a Rose Garden appearance following a Cabinet meeting Thursday, President Bush urged lawmakers [transcript] to pass [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Massachusetts legislature [official website] vote on a proposed constitutional amendment [DOC text] to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] has been postponed until January. Although opponents of same-sex marriage had obtained 170,000 signatures in favor of putting the measure before the legislature, they lacked the requisite support of [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US judge hearing a motion to move Malcolm Watson's parole sentence from Canada to New York has denied that the sex offender had been "exiled" or "banished" to Canada. Watson was convicted by a New York court [JURIST report] last month for endangering the welfare of a child [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors requested a three-year prison term Friday for American Richard Ness [defense website], the regional chief executive of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive], an American gold-mining company with a subsidiary in Indonesia. Ness and Newmont face criminal charges [JURIST report] for allegedly dumping arsenic [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official website; BBC profile] spoke out against the pending execution of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] Thursday, saying it could push Iraq into even greater violence. Mubarak, believed to share the views of many Arab leaders, told Egyptian newspapers that hanging Hussein "will transform (Iraq) [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court convicted three Vietnamese-born United States citizens for plotting "terrorist activities" [WP report] and ordered them deported from the country. Prosecutors said the three Americans, along with four other defendants, had plotted to drop leaflets, jam radio stations and plant bombs to protest the Communist-run government. In [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] South African lawmakers are expected to pass a civil unions bill next week after a parliamentary committee Thursday approved language without specific reference to heterosexual or same-sex couples that recognizes the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnized and registered by either a marriage or civil union." A [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] In the latest string of judgments against Russia, the European Court of Human Rights [official website] Thursday held the country responsible for the deaths and disappearance of three people in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder]. In the first case [judgment; press release], the body of Nura Luluyeva, a nurse who disappeared [read more]

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