Legal news from Monday, December 4, 2006
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security [official website] has recommended the appointment of an independent reviewer [ABC Australia report] to oversee the nation's counter-terrorism laws [official backgrounder]. In a report [PDF text] Monday reviewing the country's security and anti-terror legislation, the committee recommended the creation of a [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] An court in India [JURIST news archive] on Monday rendered the final verdicts in connection to the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700. The six convictions handed down by Judge P.D. Kode Monday bring the total in the case [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Santiago granted former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive] bail from house arrest Monday as he remained hospitalized following a severe heart attack a day earlier. One of Pinochet's doctors, describing his condition today as "life-threatening" but stable, said he was awake and communicative after [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard two hours of oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 05-908, and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education [Duke Law case backgrounder; [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, who is overseeing the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archives], on Monday agreed to a prosecution request to conclude the witness phase of the trial, and adjourned until Wednesday with just one prosecution witness left to testify. The prosecution has presented more that [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US Navy [official website] sailor pleaded guilty Monday at a court-martial [press release, DOC] hearing in Norfolk, Virginia, to espionage, desertion, failing to properly safeguard and store classified information, copying classified information, communicating classified information to a person not entitled to receive it, and stealing and destroying a [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for alleged terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] have indicated they will use a recent video, taken of Padilla as he was escorted by soldiers from solitary confinement to a dentist's appointment, as evidence that charges against Padilla should be dismissed due to "outrageous government [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton [official website; JURIST news archive] has resigned, effective at the end of his recess appointment. President Bush named Bolton to the position [JURIST report] on an interim basis last year through a recess appointment [CRS backgrounder, [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) [official website] has said she plans to introduce legislation in the Senate that would prevent the US military from using cluster bombs in civilian areas by cutting off federal funding for such weapons until the Defense Department "articulate[s] a new policy that will minimize [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have called for the text of Kyrgyzstan's new constitution, adopted [JURIST report] in November, to made publicly available after an unexplained three-week delay. Kyrgyz laws are usually published soon after they are passed. The new constitution generally reallocates power away from the president towards the parliament [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Nepali government minister indicated Sunday that the interim constitution, drafted in August [JURIST report], will be signed into law within a few days. The interim draft encompassing 173 articles is designed to replace the current constitution [text] until a new representative body is elected and drafts a permanent [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] A confidential report on the use of wiretap evidence being prepared for UK government ministers by officials in the Home Office [official website] has as one of its two basic options setting up a special group of judges who would oversee wiretap-related cases against terror suspects, according to a [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Philippines trial court Monday convicted one US Marine and acquitted three other Marines [US embassy press release] on charges of raping a 23-year-old Filipino woman at a Navy base in Manila last year. The verdict is subject to an automatic appeal. Lance Corporal Daniel Smith will serve a [read more]

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