Legal news from Monday, April 23, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thirty terror suspects were tortured by Afghan security forces after being being transferred from Canadian custody, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported [text] Monday. The detainees gave accounts of being beaten, electrocuted, starved, and left in freezing temperatures while detained in Kandahar province jails. The report prompted calls for [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Brendlin v. California [ABA merit briefs], 06-8120, in which the Court must determine whether an automobile passenger, convicted on drug charges resulting from an illegal traffic stop, may contest the legality of the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued an order [PDF text] Monday that vacated a 2005 decision [PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit striking down Missouri's 1999 "partial birth" abortion ban. After the Supreme Court's decision last week in Gonzales v. [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The United Kingdom cannot legally continue to provide political asylum to Russian billionaire and alleged coup plotter Boris Berezovsky [MosNews profile] and refuse to extradite him, the chairman of the Russian State Duma's Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law Committee said Monday. Berezovsky, who has been charged with plotting [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Bernard Ntuyahaga [TrialWatch profile], a former Rwandan army major, denied at trial Monday any involvement in the 1994 murder of 10 Belgian peacekeepers and the Rwandan prime minister they were charged with protecting. Ntuyahaga said he was being used as a scapegoat, that he was simply "at the bad [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] may file a lawsuit against former Apple, Inc. [corporate website] General Counsel Nancy Heinin for allegations of backdating two 2001 stock option grants, Heinin's lawyers said Monday. The incidents in question involved one grant to CEO Steve Jobs and another [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Monday in US v. Santos [cert. petition, PDF] 06-1005 [docket], where the Court will consider the definition of proceeds in relation to illegal money laundering schemes under 18 USC 1956 [text]. The case is on appeal from the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom [official website] pledged Sunday to keep the city a haven for immigrants, saying that while he cannot stop US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] agents from making arrests, he will try to keep them from conducting immigrations raids. In a statement at [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The head of Nigeria's electoral commission [official website] announced Monday that ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) [BBC backgrounder] candidate Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile] won the country's weekend presidential election by a landslide - taking 24.6 million votes as against 6.6 million for former army general Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for New York Governor Eliot Spitzer [official website; JURIST news archive] has said the governor plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state of New York [JURIST news archive] in the next few weeks. Spitzer reportedly seeks to fulfill a [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official website] and US Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) [official website] said Sunday they will push legislation in the US Congress that would mandate that states improve their system for reporting mental health records of gun purchasers to the federal databases for background checks in [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush defended US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] Monday after US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, publicly criticized [Fox News Sunday transcript] Gonzales Sunday for his role in the controversial firing of eight US attorneys [JURIST news archive] [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] An arrest warrant [JURIST report] issued over the weekend for former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [Wikipedia profile] was suspended Monday after police asked the judge presiding over the case to allow them more time to continue their investigation. Hasina was charged [JURIST report] in absentia earlier this month [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Boris Yeltsin [Wikipedia profile], Russia's first elected president and the primary architect of the country's shift towards democratic government in the 1990s, died Monday, according to Russian wire services. Yeltsin was 76 and had a history of health problems, including heart trouble. Initial wire reports did not give the [read more]

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