Legal news from Tuesday, February 13, 2007
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Freed Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], the victim of an alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] from Milan, is planning a lawsuit against the United States and Italy, according to his lawyer Montasser al-Zayat [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a freeze on the assets of the Islamic-American Relief Agency [archived website] of Columbia, Missouri on the grounds that it was an affiliate of the Islamic African Relief Agency [US Treasury [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington [advocacy website] pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges [DOC text] of murder, kidnapping, housebreaking, larceny and conspiracy for his role in the death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in April 2006. A military [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday sentenced David Passaro [Raleigh News and Observer materials; Wikipedia profile] to eight years and four months in prison as well as three years of supervised release on charges [JURIST report] related to his abuse of a detainee in Afghanistan [JURIST report]. [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A bill to end forced marriages was proposed in the parliament of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q party (Quaid) [official website] Tuesday. The Prevention of Anti-women Practices Bill 2006 would also outlaw a tribal custom in which a woman is compelled to marry into [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo [Wikipedia profile] and defense contractor Brent Wilkes [Newsweek profile] were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges connected with the case of former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile]. The FBI launched an investigation [JURIST report] of the two men in [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association (ABA) [official website] House of Delegates adopted new policies Monday reforming the Model Code of Judicial Conduct [text, PDF; ABA backgrounder] to limit certain political activities of judges. The adopted rules include a prohibition on campaign promises regarding cases that a judge may later hear [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The South Dakota House State Affairs committee [official website] has approved a new bill [House Bill 1293 materials] that would criminalize abortions in the state, but grant exceptions for rape, aggravated incest and to prevent the death of the mother. According to the bill, "the state has a right [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy website] has urged Nepal [JURIST news archive] to adopt an amendment in its interim constitution creating a fully independent judiciary. In a letter to Subhash Nemwang, the speaker of the Parliament, ICJ General Secretary Nicholas Howen [official profile] recommended amending the interim [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A British judge issued a ruling Tuesday in the case of seven British soldiers facing court-martial [MOD press release; JURIST report] for charges relating to the abuse of Iraqi detainees. Justice Stuart McKinnon ordered the ruling to remain private, however, until it is read to a military board of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Draft legislation [HR 328 materials] granting the District of Columbia a vote in the US House of Representatives is most likely unconstitutional, according to a report [text, PDF] by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) [LOC backgrounder] made public Monday. Article I, Section 2, Clause 1 of the US Constitution [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A top legal advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] reported Tuesday that a German law protecting Volkswagen [official website], Europe's largest carmaker, from takeovers is protectionist and should be repealed. Advocate General Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo said a law that prevents any shareholder from [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican Senate [official website] will vote Wednesday on a bill to reduce the punishment for possessing "personal use" amounts of certain drugs for first-time offenders, Mexican lawmakers announced Monday. The bill imposes only a fine on first-time offenders found in possession of 1 gram or less of drugs [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Republic of Guinea [official website, in French; US Department of State backgrounder] President Lansana Conte [BBC profile] declared martial law Monday after several days of violence left at least 27 dead. The rioting began Saturday after Conte appointed a close ally from the Guinea cabinet, Eugene Camara, as prime [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian military prosecutors said Monday that they plan to launch a probe into allegations that young men serving their mandatory military conscription [HRW backgrounder] period are being forced into prostitution by fellow soldiers. The Union of Soldiers' Mothers Committees [advocacy website], a soldiers' rights group, brought the allegations to [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak [CST website] testified Monday that former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website] did not leak to him the identity of former undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Both Novak and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward testified that it was former Deputy [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei High Prosecutors Office [official website, English version] in Taiwan indicted Nationalist Party (KMT) [party website, in Chinese] leader Ma Ying-jeou [official website, in Chinese; Wikipedia profile] Tuesday on corruption charges. The allegations against Ma, who had been considered a top contender in the 2008 presidential elections, involve [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Brussels Court of First Instance ruled Tuesday that Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] violated copyright law by linking to Belgian newspapers without receiving permission to do so. The Internet company was ordered to pay $32,500 (25,000 euros) per day until all of the content is removed, retroactive [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] North Korea [JURIST news archive] agreed Tuesday that it would end its nuclear weapons program in exchange for aid as part of a multi-stage initiative with partners in the so-called Six-Party Talks [US State Dept. briefing; Wikipedia backgrounder]. In the initial stage, North Korea promised to shut down and [read more]

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