Legal news from Wednesday, January 31, 2007
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union has agreed to adopt a "measured, step-by-step approach" to achieving a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty, according to German Minister of State Gunter Gloser, addressing [speech text] the European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday. The EU adopted an advocacy stance on the issue in 1998 [read more]

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[JURIST] The Venezuelan legislature unanimously approved a bill Wednesday granting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] authority to enact laws by presidential decree without legislative approval for the next 18 months. The same measure received initial approval [JURIST report] by the Venezuelan National Assembly last week. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday that the Justice Department will turn over to the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] the text of an order, granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder], authorizing government surveillance of transmissions coming into or going outside of the country [read more]

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[JURIST] A three-year delay can be expected before former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive] is brought to trial, Senegal Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio said Tuesday following an African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia. The delay is necessary for Senegal to establish the legal procedures required [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] South Dakota lawmakers introduced a new abortion bill Wednesday that would ban the practice except in cases of rape, incest and serious risk to a woman's health. The state legislature passed [JURIST report] a law banning most abortions [text, PDF] in the state last year, but voters rejected the [read more]

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[JURIST] New war crimes charges will be filed against Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees beginning as early as Friday, chief prosecutor Col. Moe Davis (USAF) [official profile, PDF] said Tuesday. Davis said, however, that charges are only expected to be filed against a few of the 10 detainees who [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey may legally require a political party to win at least 10 percent of the national vote in parliamentary elections in order to win seats in the country's National Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled Tuesday. Two Turkish politicians, both ethnic Kurds, had challenged the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Somali transitional government [official website] on Tuesday began imposing martial law over areas under the government's control, two weeks after martial law was approved by parliament [JURIST report]. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi made the announcement late Tuesday after a meeting of African leaders decided against sending an [read more]

09:01 EDT

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07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon [Knesset profile] was convicted by an Israeli court on Wednesday on charges of sexual misconduct for forcibly kissing an 18-year-old female soldier. The conviction could result in a jail term of up to three years. Ramon resigned from his position [JURIST report] as [read more]

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[JURIST] Germany issued arrest warrants for 13 people allegedly involved with the CIA kidnapping of German citizen Khaled el-Masri [JURIST news archive], German Prosecutor Christian Schmidt-Sommerfeld said Wednesday. Schmidt-Sommerfeld did not name any of the suspects, however, but told AP that "the personal details contained in the arrest warrants are, [read more]

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[JURIST] Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller [JURIST news archive] testified on Tuesday in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] concerning conversations Libby had with Miller, during which he allegedly told her about this frustration with the CIA and revealed to her the [read more]

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