Legal news from Sunday, March 18, 2007
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI [official website] largely ignored growing concerns from its own lawyers and managers about the lawfulness of retrieving thousands of telephone records of US citizens between 2004 to 2006, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The allegations follow a sharply critical March 9 report [PDF] by US Department of [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Minutes after the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] resumed proceedings Sunday in the Anfal trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] it adjourned the proceeding after a prosecution request for more time. The trial is expected to begin again on March 26. On Thursday, two defense witnesses testified anonymously [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Over 100 members of the Egypt parliament boycotted a Sunday parliamentary session called to debate constitutional amendments [JURIST report] proposed last year by President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; JURIST news archive]. Critics say the amendments, which target 34 articles of the constitution, are designed to favor Mubarak and his [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] apologized in a conference call with federal prosecutors Friday for mishandling the dismissal [JURIST report] of eight US Attorneys. Gonzales has been heavily criticized since he fired the attorneys in 2006 amid speculation the moves were politically motivated [JURIST report]. During the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Polish President Lech Kaczynski [official website, in Polish] assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel [BBC profile] Saturday that Warsaw would not hinder efforts to reach agreement on a European Constitution [JURIST news archive]. Poland joins Spain and Italy in their recent pledge to support Germany in reviving the European charter [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has filed for an injunction to delay his military trial currently scheduled to start March 20 [JURIST report]. Maj. Michael Mori, Hicks' Pentagon-appointed lawyer, said Saturday that Hicks' defense team asked the US District Court in Washington last week to [read more]

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