Legal news from Thursday, January 4, 2007
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] an Indiana law requiring voters to show photo identification [Indiana SOS backgrounder, PDF] before casting a ballot. In its ruling, the court upheld a lower court decision [PDF text; JURIST report] that the law does [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials in Myanmar [government website; JURIST news archive] have granted amnesty to nearly three thousand prisoners, releasing them early in celebration of the country's Independence Day Thursday. Some 20 political prisoners were among the 2,831 released because their "moral behaviour and spiritual values have improved," according to a [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] White House legal counsel Harriet Miers [official profile; JURIST news archive] resigned from her post Thursday effective January 31. Press Secretary Tony Snow gave no specific reason for her departure except to say that she has been working at the White House for six years. In a White House [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court has dropped tax evasion charges against the widow and two children of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive]. In a decision Wednesday, the Santiago Court of Appeals [Chilean judiciary website, in Spanish] upheld charges against Pinochet's youngest son and two of his [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of France [JURIST news archive] has said that it will recognize a citizen's legal right to housing [press release, in French]. In a statement Wednesday, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website, in French; JURIST news archive] said a draft law would implement the right in [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] conducted criminal background checks of adverse witnesses ahead of US Senate confirmation hearings for the late William Rehnquist [JURIST news archive] in respect of his nominations as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court [official website] and later Chief Justice [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two Iraqi Justice Ministry guards are now being questioned in connection with the taping and release of a camera phone video [WARNING: graphic images; JURIST report] showing the execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], according to Iraqi lawmaker Sami al-Askeri. Iraqi officials said Wednesday that an [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the 110th Congress sworn in Thursday are preparing for votes [calendar, PDF] on numerous pieces of key legislation scheduled by incoming Democratic leaders of the new US House of Representatives [official website] for their first 100 legislative hours in office beginning next Tuesday. Most notably, incoming Speaker [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The executions of two Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] co-defendants, former chief judge of Iraq's Hussein-era Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar [Wikipedia profile] and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al Tikriti [GlobalSecurity profile; BBC profile], have been postponed. The hangings were originally expected Thursday [JURIST report], but an [read more]

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