Legal news from Tuesday, December 5, 2006
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Finland's parliament voted to ratify the proposed European Constitution [text; JURIST news archive] Tuesday, taking steps toward becoming the 16th country to ratify the charter as Finland's six-month presidency of the European Union [official website] comes to a close. Parliament members voted 125-39 to ratify the EU constitution, with [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Sata [party profile], Zambia's opposition leader and head of the Patriotic Front [party website], was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making false declarations on August 11 concerning his assets in his presidential candidate form. If convicted, Sata faces a minimum jail term of two years. Zambian law requires presidential [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Kamehameha Schools [education website], a private school that accepts no federal funding, can utilize an admissions policy [text] that gives priority to Native Hawaiian students before admitting non-Native Hawaiians. The court's majority [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Tuesday asked a judge to issue indictments for 26 US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agents and five officials from the Italian Military Intelligence and Security Service (SISMI) [official website], including former SISMI chief Nicola Pollari, on kidnapping charges for allegedly orchestrating the extraordinary rendition [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Flavio Sosa [AP profile], a leader of the popular uprising in the Mexican state of Oaxaca [BBC backgrounder], was arrested late Monday after arriving in Mexico City for negotiations with the federal government. Sosa, a prominent figure in the People's Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) [coalition website, in Spanish], was [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter [text] to the chief judge presiding over his genocide trial, Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has said he would not attend further proceedings because he "wasn't given the chance to speak when I tried to clarify the truth." The authenticity of the one-page letter, handwritten in [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Tuesday that immigrants convicted of conduct that is a felony under state law but is only a misdemeanor under the Controlled Substance Act are not subject to deportation under the Immigration and Naturalization Act [text]. In Lopez v. Gonzales [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official website] on Monday requested the California Supreme Court [official website] to grant a petition to review an intermediate appellate court's decision to uphold [JURIST report] a state law prohibiting same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Lockyer, who supports the state ban, noted the importance [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Cassation in Kuwait [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday reversed former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Nasser al-Mutairi's conviction on terrorism charges, including endangering Kuwait's foreign relations by taking up arms against a foreign nation. Mutairi, the first of eight Kuwaitis to be freed from the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Maryland Court of Appeals heard oral arguments [recorded video] on Monday in a case [docket, ACLU materials] challenging a 1973 state law banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], argued that marriage is a fundamental right which should [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth [official profile] on Monday ruled [opinion text, PDF] that a group of Hasidic Jewish plaintiffs could go forward with a lawsuit against the Russian government for the return of 18th century religious texts allegedly expropriated by the Nazi and Russian governments preceding and [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif [official profile] has announced an 18-month timetable for lifting the state of emergency that Egypt [JURIST news archive] has lived under since 1981. The administration of President Hosni Mubarak [official website, BBC profile] will present proposed changes to the Egyptian Constitution [text] to parliament [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice urged a federal appeals court Monday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the NSA's domestic surveillance program pursuant to the state secrets privilege. In a brief submitted to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the administration appealed an August ruling [PDF, JURIST [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website, JURIST news archive] announced a provisional deal [press release, PDF] Monday for the establishment of an EU agency on fundamental rights, which would build upon the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia [official website] and monitor civil liberties in all of the 25 [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] accepted into evidence Monday a controversial report on the events leading up to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [Human Rights Watch backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] written by French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [BBC profile]. Despite claims of manipulation by one witness cited [read more]

03:12 EDT

[JURIST] Fiji [JURIST news archive] military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama [BBC profile] has carried out a threat to remove the elected government from power unless current Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [official profile] voluntarily resigned, a move Qarase flatly refused to consider [Fiji Times report], and has imposed military rule over [read more]

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