Legal news from Tuesday, June 5, 2007
21:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed two resolutions Tuesday intended to speed up the House's internal investigation of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official website; JURIST news archive], who was indicted [JURIST report] this week for allegedly accepting $500,000 in bribes. John Boehner (R-OH) proposed a resolution [H Res 452 [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] announced plans Tuesday to reconvene negotiations on a new constitution [JURIST news archive] for a final session next month. The national constitutional drafting convention, tasked with creating guidelines for a more democratic constitution, has been on hold since December 2006. The country's [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal judge extended a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the Texas town of Farmers Branch [official website; JURIST news archive], a suburb of Dallas, from enforcing a law that would bar landlords from renting apartments to most illegal immigrants. The restraining order will be in effect until [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A German state court Tuesday upheld a ban on religious headscarves [JURIST news archive] in public schools and affirmed the right of a school not to employ a teacher who said she would be unable to follow that law. The teacher argued the law was discriminatory and violated religious [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three relatives [CI Centre backgrounder] of a Chinese-American engineer convicted [BBC report] earlier this year of conspiring to smuggle sensitive naval intelligence data to China [JURIST news archive] have pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a plea agreement [New York Sun report]. Appearing before a judge of [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's interim-government [JURIST report] Monday lifted a ban on political activities that had been in place since the 2006 bloodless coup [JURIST report], which will allow the dissolved [JURIST report] political party Thai Rak Thai (TRT) [official website, in Thai] to reform. The ban, which was lifted by Prime [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Durban High Court in South Africa [JURIST news archive] granted an execution order Tuesday allowing the country's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] to seek documents obtained by the Mauritius government [official website] which are believed to evidence meetings between former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Karunakaran Kandasamy, the alleged director of the American branch of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder], and four other defendants pleaded not in US federal court guilty Monday to charges [press release] of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiring to provide material support [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] sentenced former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] to 30 months in prison Tuesday for his conviction [JURIST report] on two counts of perjury, one count of lying to the FBI and one count of obstruction [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police Tuesday issued a "preliminary complaint" against approximately 200 journalists, opposition party members and pro-democracy activists who demonstrated outside the Pakistan parliament building Monday evening protesting an emergency media ordinance in defiance of a government ban on unauthorized rallies [JURIST report] issued late last week by Pakistani President [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [official website] urged members of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to adopt measures to ensure the independence of UNHRC investigators [press release, in Spanish]. Speaking during a special UNHRC session, Bachelet appealed to the 47 member countries to pass [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nine suspects were arrested and charged [press release, PDF] Monday in the US Eastern District of California for allegedly plotting the violent overthrow of the Laotian government. The suspects, including General Vang Pao, a former general in the Royal Lao Army, and Harrison Jack, a graduate of the US [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Daniel McGowan [defense website] was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday after pleading guilty [JURIST report] last year to ecoterrorism charges, including participation in a criminal conspiracy and two counts of arson. McGowan was among ten defendants who pleaded guilty for their roles in a streak of environmentally [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Navy Capt. Keith J. Allred, the judge presiding over military commission proceedings against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] Monday dismissed [PDF text] all charges [JURIST report; charge sheet, PDF] against Hamdan, citing a lack of jurisdiction and echoing another judge's [read more]

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