Legal news from Tuesday, February 6, 2007
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army on Tuesday set a trial date for Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan [Wikipedia profile; CBS profile], the only military officer to face charges in connection with abuses of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. In July 2008, Jordan [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) [official websites] introduced a bill [press release] Tuesday entitled the "Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2007" designed to protect the personal information of American consumers. The legislation resembles a bill [text] Leahy co-sponsored with then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty International case sheet; JURIST news archive], a Turkish citizen born in Germany and formerly held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], plans to request the release of secret military documents pertaining to his detention, according to his lawyer as reported in Wednesday's Der Tagesspiegel [media website, [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Ku Klux Klan [JURIST news archive] is experiencing "a surprising and troubling resurgence" largely on the issue of Hispanic immigration, according to a report [summary text] released [press release] Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) [advocacy website]. In addition to exploiting fears of non-white immigration, the KKK is [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official website] testified [text] before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Tuesday that thirteen or more federal prosecutors who have been removed over the past two years were not victims of political retaliation, as some Democrats have alleged. McNulty specifically denied that [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge has ruled that Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi [official website, in Italian] and former PM Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile] will not give evidence at the preliminary hearing of Nicolo Pollari, the former head of Italian Intelligence and Security Services [official website], to determine his involvement in the [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Inter-American Conference on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] has scheduled a hearing to explore whether failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions [US DOE backgrounder] constitutes a human rights violation. The environmental group EarthJustice announced [press release] Tuesday that it had received a letter [PDF text] in which the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] announced Tuesday that UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Philip Alston [NYU Law profile] will go to the Philippines next week to investigate political murders in the country. Alston will report his [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] is expected to reject a proposed amnesty resolution [JURIST report] that would grant pardons for crimes committed during the 25 years of war in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive], according to spokesman Karim Rahimi on Monday. Rahimi said the president believed the bill to [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled on Tuesday that a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. [corporate website] for allegedly discriminating against female employees should go to trial, upholding [opinion, PDF] a 2004 certification of the class [JURIST report]. The court stated that [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Senator Jane Nelson (R) [official website], Chairwoman of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission [official website], urged Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] Tuesday to rescind his executive order making Texas the first US state to require that girls be vaccinated [JURIST report] for the human papilloma [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK senior judges have agreed that full Islamic veils should not be worn in British courts and tribunals, according to a report in Tuesday's London Times. After consulting with legal advisers, a panel of senior judges have included in a set of proposed new court guidelines the preference for [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] said Monday that the Australian government will do more to pressure the US to expedite the trial of David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. In a cabinet meeting on Monday, officials informed Howard of the growing public concern about the case [ABC News [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] About 60 nations pledged Tuesday to refrain from the illegal and unacceptable use of child soldiers in armed conflicts [JURIST report] during the second day of Free Children from War [conference materials], a global conference in Paris. Hosted by the French Foreign Ministry [official website] and UNICEF [official website], [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A proposed bill on corporate manslaughter came to a standstill in the UK House of Lords [official website] on Monday when Conservative and Liberal Democrats voted for an amendment which broadened the scope of the law to include deaths in prisons and police cells. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [official website] promised to continue fighting to adopt legislation that would grant legal recognition to same-sex partnerships after Australia's attorney general recommended Tuesday that the country's federal government overturn a proposed civil unions law for the second time. In December 2006, [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US military judge in the court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] prohibited international and constitutional law scholars from testifying Monday about the legality of the war. Watada faces charges of missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer for his refusal to be deployed [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official profile] signed into law [press release] Monday a bill moving the Russian Constitutional Court [RIN backgrounder] from its current Moscow location to St. Petersburg. The bill received final parliamentary approval last month with a 147-2 vote [JURIST report] in Russia's Federation Council [official website. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Efforts by Russian prosecutors to bring new charges [MBK statement; JURIST report] against jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] raise "serious questions about the rule of law in Russia," US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said during a press briefing [transcript] Monday. Prosecutors charged the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Archbishop of York John Sentamu [official website; BBC profile] criticized the British government Monday for its latest effort to extend the current 28-day maximum detention period for terror suspects [JURIST report]. UK Home Secretary John Reid said last week that in light of the complexity of the investigation of [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government has violated native Canadian children's human rights by underfunding child-welfare services for native peoples, according to the Canadian Assembly of First Nations (AFN) [advocacy website]. The group plans to file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission this month against the federal government, alleging that [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] Monday urged the government of Lebanon to ratify an agreement with the UN to create a UN-supported international tribunal [JURIST news archive] to try suspects accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [official website] in February 2005. The agreement was signed [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] An American Bar Association (ABA) [profession website] panel has proposed revisions to its judicial code of conduct [DOC text] so that judges are advised to avoid impropriety but would no longer be subject to formal discipline for failing to do so. In the rewritten ABA Model Code of Judicial [read more]

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