Legal news from Tuesday, April 3, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) [official website] on Tuesday unexpectedly vetoed a bill [legislative materials] that would have required girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. AP reported that Richardson, who last month announced his intention to sign the bill [PJEPHL report], [read more]

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[JURIST] Dhiren Barot [BBC profile], a British man who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in October to planning a series of bombs on US and British targets, filed an appeal in London’s Court of Appeal Criminal Division [official website] Tuesday. Barot was sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] in November [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The anti-Syrian majority in the Lebanon [JURIST news archive] parliament on Tuesday approved a petition asking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] to create a tribunal [JURIST news archive] to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Members of the parliamentary majority say that [read more]

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[JURIST] President Bush urged Congress on Tuesday to adopt his proposed targets for alternative fuel use [White House energy policy materials] as a way of combating greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive; EPA backgrounder] a day after the US Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA [opinion text; JURIST report] [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California [official website] approved the release Tuesday of jailed video journalist and blogger Josh Wolf [advocacy website; SourceWatch backgrounder], who was imprisoned for 226 days, longer than any other journalist, for refusing to testify before a grand jury. The [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] United States intelligence agents from the FBI [JURIST news archive; official website] and the CIA [JURIST news archive; official website] have been using secret prisons in Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] to conduct interrogations, according to AP Tuesday. The report alleges that men, women, and children from the neighboring African [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A meeting to sort out remaining differences over the rules governing the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] genocide tribunal in Cambodia [JURIST news archive] has been delayed after the Cambodian Bar Association (BAKC) refused to compromise on fees for foreign lawyers. The Bar Association has demanded that foreign defense [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A court of appeals in Thailand [JURIST news archive] Tuesday refused to extradite dissident Ly Tong [Wikipedia profile] to Vietnam [JURIST news archive] for using a hijacked plane to drop anti-communist leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in 2000. The court overturned a September ruling that ordered [read more]

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[JURIST] US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] Tuesday announced the arrests of three former South American military officials suspected of war atrocities in their home countries. Ernesto Guillermo Barreiro [Desaparecidos profile] is a former Argentine military officer accused of having served as the chief interrogator at La Perla [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Tuesday slightly reduced the 32-year sentence [opinion, PDF; ICTY press release] of former Bosnian Serb leader Radislav Brdjanin [ICTY case backgrounder], but upheld the majority of his 2004 convictions [JURIST report] for crimes against [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] adopted new privacy rules [FCC press release, PDF; order, PDF] for telephone and wireless companies on Tuesday aimed at strengthening safeguards against pretexting [JURIST news archive], the disclosure of personal telephone records to unauthorized individuals. The new rules include carrier authentication requirements, [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) [official website] has the right to disqualify presidential candidates for fraud, thus barring Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website; JURIST news archive] from running in the April 21 election. INEC removed Abubakar's name from [read more]

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[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official profile] said Tuesday that the gag order placed on Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] as part of his plea agreement [text] cannot be enforced once he returns to Australia, and that Hicks could not be extradited if he [read more]

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[JURIST] Taiwanese Nationalist Party (KMT) [party website, in Chinese] leader Ma Ying-jeou [official website, in Chinese; Wikipedia profile] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to corruption charges [JURIST report] and said he plans to run in the 2008 presidential elections no matter what the court's verdict. The charges against Ma stem from [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] and leaders of the Ukrainian Parliament filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block a decree from Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] to dissolve parliament and hold elections in May. Yushchenko issued the decree [statement] Monday, saying that his "actions [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters rallied outside the Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday wearing signs and shouting chants against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; BBC profile] for suspending [JURIST report] the country's chief justice last month as a hearing regarding the suspension took place inside the court. Chief Justice [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick [official website] has directed the Massachusetts Department of Public Health [official website] to register the same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] of 26 couples from outside the state whose licenses were not previously allowed to be included in state records by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] is investigating Apple's iTunes [JURIST news archive] to determine if sales restrictions based on the buyer's country of residence violate EU antitrust laws, according to a commission statement confirming the probe [press release] Tuesday. Music buyers in Europe are currently only able to download [read more]

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