Legal news from Monday, January 22, 2007
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] A twelve-person jury was selected Monday to sit in the CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Even though jury selection began last Tuesday and was supposed to conclude Thursday the process was extended [JURIST reports] [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Monday dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of changes to copyright law made in the 1990s. The Court affirmed a lower court's dismissal of Kahle v. Gonzales [opinion text, PDF], in which the plaintiffs argued that the move [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Monday celebrated his administration's anti-abortion record in a telephone address [text] to pro-life marchers demonstrating in Washington DC on the anniversary of the 1972 Roe v. Wade [opinion] US Supreme Court ruling. Bush told the gathering that "we're making progress":We promoted adoption, support parental notification laws, ended [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Saddam-era Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile] has filed an appeal [DOC text] with the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) [official website] arguing that the Tribunal's Appeals Chamber was not authorized to effectively direct its trial court to deliver a death penalty for Ramadan [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] failed to respond promptly to allegedly improper e-mail correspondence between former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) [Congressional profile] and a former congressional page [CRS program backgrounder, PDF] from Louisiana in July 2006, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by US [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The British government Monday released proposed money-laundering regulations that would broaden controls on businesses, politicians, and foreign officials with a view to controlling corruption, fighting crime and making financing of terrorism more difficult. The new rules would require financial institutions to investigate politicians and officials to confirm the legality [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the Russian Prosecutor General [official website, in Russian] has suspended its investigation into an alleged coup plot by billionaire businessman Boris Berezovsky [MosNews profile], a lawyer for Berezovsky said Monday. Berezovsky is currently living in London, and his lawyer said that the prosecutor's office has informed [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the Russian Prosecutor General [official website, in Russian] has suspended its investigation into an alleged coup plot by billionaire businessman Boris Berezovsky [MosNews profile], a lawyer for Berezovsky said Monday. Berezovsky is currently living in London, and his lawyer said that the prosecutor's office has informed [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The special court for organized crime in Serbia [JURIST news archive] Monday began a trial for 35 members of the so-called "Bankruptcy Mafia" - including former Belgrade Commercial Court [official website] president Goran Kljajevic and other prominent businessmen, bankers, lawyers, and judges - accused of embezzling funds and used [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in three cases Monday, including Cunningham v. California [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] where the Court struck down as unconstitutional California sentencing rules that allow judges to exercise discretion to tack on additional years to prison [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive] will most likely resign if charges are brought against his closest aides in a growing "cash-for-honours" investigation [BBC News Q&A], senior ministers have told The Guardian newspaper. The arrest of Director of Government Relations Ruth Turner [BBC News report] [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Australian officials said Monday that Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] could face reduced charges when he goes to trial before new US military commissions, the procedural rules [manual, PDF] for which were promulgated last week. Hicks' original charges [text, PDF; JURIST report], which were brought [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of the Bangladesh Election Commission (EC) [official website] resigned Monday as a controversial election threatens to undermine the political stability of the country. CEC MA Aziz voluntarily took a three-month leave of absence in order to resolve a political deadlock over the status and [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Monday urged [HRW statement] Rwandan judges and police to investigate and stop attacks on individuals administering or testifying in local tribunals known as Gacaca courts [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] to bring those allegedly involved in the 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] to [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Czech Republic Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek [official profile] said Sunday that leaders in Prague are not on board with ratifying the European constitution [official website; JURIST news archive] in its current form, and do not plan to take part in future ratification discussions. The decision marks the second time [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza [official profile] said Sunday that his country's extradition [JURIST report] of 15 alleged drug kingpins and major drug traffickers [US DOJ list] to the US was a "unilateral and sovereign" decision by the Mexican government and not the result of any pressure from [read more]

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