Legal news from Wednesday, December 13, 2006
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Talks between representatives of the Nepal government and Maoist rebels have failed to result in an agreement on the terms of an interim constitution for the country but will continue later this week, according to a Maoist spokesman speaking to reporters Wednesday. Several target deadlines associated with a recently-agreed [read more]

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[JURIST] Israel's High Court [official website] ruled on Wednesday that construction of a 1.5-mile sector of the country's security fence [JURIST news archive] in northeast Jerusalem could continue, denying an appeal by residents of a Palestinian neighborhood left outside. After the court ruled in November that construction of the section [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday dismissed [ruling, PDF] a habeas corpus petition brought by Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan [Trial Watch profile], finding it was clearly barred under the controversial habeas-stripping language [JURIST report] of the new Military Commissions Act (MCA) [text, PDF] even though it was pending at the time [read more]

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[JURIST] Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official website] signed an agreement [press release] Wednesday allowing Massachusetts state troopers to detain illegal immigrants found or located while the troopers are performing their general duties. The agreement, co-signed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, provides for 30 [read more]

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[JURIST] In a special session Wednesday the UN Human Rights Council [official website] approved a resolution [PDF] to send a mission to Sudan to investigate human rights abuses in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba announced his intent to appoint five "highly qualified persons" to undertake [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN General Assembly Wednesday adopted by acclamation a new international treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities [official website; BBC summary] hailed [press statement] by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as "the first human rights treaty to be adopted in the twenty-first century; the most rapidly negotiated human [read more]

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[JURIST] The High Court of Botswana [BBC profile] has ruled that the government's eviction of Bushmen inhabiting the Kalahari desert is "unlawful and unconstitutional." The suit was brought by 239 members of the San tribe with the aid of the First People of the Kalahari [backgrounder] and Survival International [advocacy [read more]

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[JURIST] Senator Patrick Leahy [official website] (D-VT) Wednesday laid out an ambitious agenda for the reshuffled Senate Judiciary Committee he will chair when the Democratic-controlled US Congress begins its new session in January. Speaking [prepared remarks] at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Leahy, who will take over from current [read more]

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[JURIST] Senator Patrick Leahy [official website] (D-VT) Wednesday laid out an ambitious oversight agenda for the reshuffled Senate Judiciary Committee he will chair when the Democratic-controlled US Congress begins its new session in January. Speaking [prepared remarks] at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Leahy, who will take over from [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwe government spokesman said Wednesday that there are no plans to hand Mengistu Haile Mariam [BBC profile] over to Ethiopian authorities after the former Ethiopian dictator was convicted of genocide [JURIST report] Tuesday by Ethiopia's Federal Court at the conclusion of a 12-year in absentia trial. Mengistu and [read more]

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[JURIST] A court in Yemen Wednesday prohibited the editor of Yemen's al-Hurriya newspaper and one of its reporters from writing for one month and also imposed a four-month suspended sentence on them for demeaning Islam by reprinting cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. The journalists, who say they [read more]

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[JURIST] A Human Rights Watch study [text] of the five-year trial of late Yugoslav ex-president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] released Wednesday has proposed [press release; HRW recorded audio] making changes in future national and international war crimes trial procedures that would increase their likelihood of success. Milosevic died of [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the UK Law Lords [official website], the legal members of the House of Lords who constitute the UK's highest court, ruled [judgment] unanimously Wednesday that British police infringed the rights of anti-war protestors traveling to a demonstration [Fairford Coach Action website] outside a Royal Air Force [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday convicted [press release] a Roman Catholic priest for committing genocide and extermination during the mass killings [HRW backgrounder] of Tutsis and moderate Hutus that swept the central African nation in 1994. Father Athanase Seromba [case materials] was [read more]

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[JURIST] Members of the Ohio Senate [official website] voted 21-12 Tuesday to override outgoing Ohio Governor Robert Taft's veto of a revised concealed-carry gun law [Substitute House Bill 347 text] that Taft claimed would preempt local gun-related legislation in some 80 Ohio communities. The House approved an override last week, [read more]

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[JURIST] Israel's Supreme Court [official website, in Hebrew] Tuesday unanimously overturned a law barring Palestinians from claiming compensation from the Israeli state in respect of damages suffered in "conflict zones" in Gaza and the West Bank. The so-called Intifada law [text, PDF] had been challenged [petition, PDF] by a coalition [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] is expected to report to a minimum security federal prison in Waseca, Minnesota [BOP website] to begin a 24-year sentence for fraud, conspiracy and insider trading after a three-judge panel of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice filed an appeal Tuesday against a November 28 ruling [JURIST report] by US District Judge James Robertson declaring that "the Treasury Department’s failure to design and issue paper currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired individuals violates section 504 of the [read more]

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