Legal news from Wednesday, May 30, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Wednesday approved [UN News report] a resolution to establish an ad hoc international tribunal to investigate and try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The move passed in a 10-0 vote, with China, [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility [official websites] of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have expanded internal investigations [JURIST report] into whether politics played a role in hiring decisions within the department, the DOJ confirmed in a letter [PDF text] sent Wednesday to the [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] US federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment [press release, PDF] Wednesday charging four current and former partners of "Big-Four" [Wikipedia backgrounder] accounting firm Ernst & Young [corporate website] with tax fraud. The indictment alleges that the defendants created tax shelters through development of "false and fraudulent factual scenarios", and marketed [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, commander of the US Marine battalion that was accused of killing 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005, went before a military Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] Wednesday that will determine if he will face a court-martial for [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice Tulay Tugcu [official profile, in Turkish] of Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website] asked prosecutors Wednesday to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] for televised comments made Tuesday that Tugcu believes may violate laws against insulting state institutions. During [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court upheld the acquittal of two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees Tuesday, agreeing with a lower court that there was insufficient evidence to convict [JURIST report]. The two men, Omar Rajab Amin and Abdullah Kamel al-Kundari [Project Kuwaiti Freedom profiles], spent almost five years [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California Wednesday against San Jose-based Boeing [corporate website] subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan [corporate website], alleging that the airline service provider knowingly supported direct flights to secret CIA [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand [official website, in Thai] ordered the dissolution of the political party Thai Rak Thai (TRT) [party website] Wednesday after finding that it committed electoral fraud [JURIST report] during last year's annulled elections in violation of national law. The ruling also bars [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia's Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website] Tuesday confirmed an ongoing investigation conducted in cooperation with Croatian authorities against 12 former Serb paramilitary members for their alleged role in the "torture, inhuman treatment, and killing of 70 civilians" in the Croatian town of Lovas. The prosecutor's statement [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate [official website] released a report [PDF text; press release] Tuesday detailing cases of abuse of New Jersey's eminent domain [JURIST news archive] laws, which the report criticized for being giving "overbroad statutory authority" that allowed the government to take "homes and [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former FBI Director William S. Sessions [official profile] Wednesday applauded recent efforts to extend DNA testing, especially for the benefit of prisoners facing the death penalty. In a JURIST op-ed, Sessions said that a proposal by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) [official website; JURIST news archive] to expand [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Office of the Prosecutor-General [official website, in Russian] Wednesday dismissed suggestions by a Russian lawmaker that Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive], currently sought by Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CRS) [official website] for the poisoning murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline], could be extradited [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Suspended Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday released to reporters a signed affidavit he had filed with the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] detailing how he was detained last March against his will and personally pressured to resign his post by Pakistani [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith [official profile] Tuesday denied allegations published in The Independent that he advised Army officials to deny UK detainees in Iraq legal protections [Independent report] guaranteed under the Human Rights Act of 1998 (HRA) [text; JURIST news archive] and instead adopt a "pragmatic" approach [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for US Vice President Dick Cheney [official profile] instructed the Secret Service to destroy data on who visited his official residence at the Naval Observatory, saying that the information was protected by the Presidential Records Act [text], according to a letter [PDF text] included in a response filed [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense will not release audio recordings of the March 9 Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) [DOD backgrounder] hearing for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile] at Guantanamo Bay due to concerns that it could be used in terrorist propaganda, a military spokesperson said Tuesday. During his [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal who escaped from prison presents a threat to the security and judges of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website; HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Meddzida Kreso, president of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said Tuesday. [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysia's Federal Court, the highest court for civil cases, Wednesday rejected an appeal by Lina Joy, who sought to change her religious affiliation on her government registration card from Islam to Christianity. The high court's ruling upheld a lower civil court ruling that Joy must obtain permission to change [read more]

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