Legal news from Thursday, February 8, 2007
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] A French judge has charged two police officers connected to a case that sparked three weeks of rioting [JURIST news archive] outside Paris and in other parts of France in 2005. The officers were charged Wednesday with “non-assistance to people in danger”, and face up to 5 years in [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Baathist military operations officer Rashid Hussein Mohammed claimed during his genocide trial before the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] Thursday that he was just defending his country against Iran during the Anfal campaign [JURIST news archive] of the late 1980s, and called for US military commanders to be [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecutor in the genocide case against former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Miriam [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that he is appealing last month’s sentence of life imprisonment [JURIST report], and will again push for the death penalty. Of the three sentencing judges, one opted for the [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the three recently re-charged Guantanamo detainees [JURIST report] renewed their condemnation of new military commission rules [manual, PDF; JURIST report] Thursday, telling the Associated Press that the tight deadlines established by the rules will prevent extended investigation into the reliability of the evidence brought against their clients. [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq Deputy Health Minister Hakim Zamili [Iraq Ministry of Health website] has been arrested in an apparent security crackdown in Baghdad, according to a report [text] by the US military Thursday. According to military officials, Zamili had been infiltrating members of the Mehdi Army militia [BBC backgrounder], headed by [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Romania [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] must return property it nationalized during the 1950s, or else pay overdue compensation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [text, in French] Thursday. The judgment came in two separate cases both filed by plaintiffs alleging that [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] has achieved marked success in bringing international war criminals to justice, chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [official profile] told a conference on Thursday. Del Ponte, who has served as chief prosecutor for 8 years and [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] voted 13-6 on Thursday to send a bill to the Senate floor which would permit US district courts to appoint temporary US Attorneys [DOJ backgrounder] when those spots become vacant, reversing a provision in the Patriot Act reauthorization [JURIST report; HR 3199 [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas withdrew his guilty plea [JURIST report] in the second day of his sentencing hearing Thursday on unpremeditated murder charges stemming from the alleged murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in the village of Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in April [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] unveiled a mandatory CO2 emissions strategy [EC Communication, PDF; materials; press release] Wednesday that would impose mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) limits on all cars by 2012. Today's average European car emits approximately 160 grams of CO2 per kilometer; the new strategy would curb [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website, English version] urged the US Thursday to cooperate with proceedings initiated against a US soldier in the shooting death of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq. An Italian judge Wednesday ordered New York Army National Guard [official website] soldier Mario Lozano [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge issued an order [PDF text] Wednesday giving the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) [official website] until the end of June to finalize a proposed rule removing the American bald eagle [FWS backgrounder] from the federal endangered species list [FWS materials]. US District Judge John [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Comments by the commander of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] that Australian detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] continues to be a dangerous terrorist [ABC Australia report] were cited by one of Hicks' lawyers Thursday as an example of why Hicks will not receive a fair trial. Rear Admiral [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Legitimate asylum seekers in the US may be ignored or detained for months or even years given the current expedited removal [JURIST report] practices of domestic security officials, according to a report card [text] released Thursday by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (CIRF) [official website], a bipartisan [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] accused Mexico [JURIST news archive] in a report [text] released Wednesday of having a "gravely flawed" criminal justice system in which human rights abuses are perpetuated and criminals are rarely punished. The report cites evidence of arbitrary detentions, torture, fabrication of evidence and unfair trials [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two state legislators asked the attorney general of Texas [JURIST news archive] Wednesday to issue an opinion on the legality of Gov. Rick Perry's executive order [text] mandating that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated for the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) [US CDC fact sheet]. The lawmakers also requested that [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nashville is set to conduct all official business in the English language after the Nashville City Council voted 23-14 Tuesday to amend the City Charter [text] to declare English the official language of the city government. Mayor Bill Purcell is consulting with city attorneys [Tennessean report] to determine whether [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] No formal peace treaty will be concluded between Japan and Russia until Russia relinquishes control of several Japanese islands it has occupied since the end of World War II, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website] told a rally on Wednesday. Possession of the island chain, known as the [read more]

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