Legal news from Friday, June 8, 2007
18:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iran confirmed for the first time that it is detaining Iranian-American peace activist Ali Shakeri [advoacy website], the Iranian Students News Agency [media website] reported Friday. Shakeri, a founding member of the University of California, Irvine, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding [advocacy website], is the fourth dual US citizen Iran [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House has increased the size of its legal team to deal with continued requests from Democratic congressmembers investigating the US attorney scandal [JURIST news archive], prewar intelligence, and other questions, according to Friday reports. White House counsel Fred Fielding [official press release], who replaced Harriet Miers [JURIST [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] stopped the forced eviction of ethnic Tamils from the capital city of Colombo Friday, calling the government "misguided" in its latest attempt to reduce attacks by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder; LTTE website], or "Tamil Tigers." [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Attorney General of Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] Abdul Jabbar Sabet Friday accused Army General Deen Mohammed Jurat and Jurat's numerous armed bodyguards of attacking him and his men. Sabet says his group, which included the mayor of Kabul and several members of parliament, were traveling north of Kabul [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Republicans Thursday threatened to shut down business in the Senate after Democrats postponed a Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] vote on the nomination of Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Leslie H. Southwick [official profile; nomination information] to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A dozen prominent legal scholars submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] Thursday, arguing that Libby's conviction [JURIST report] could be overturned on appeal because the appointment of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] raises serious [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen [official website] Thursday signed legislation which starting on July 1 will allow those who were convicted for protesting laws designed to enforce racial segregation to receive a full pardon and to have their criminal records destroyed. The Rosa Parks Act [bill information], named after the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean Supreme Court judge Urbano Marin Vallejo ordered the house arrest of Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] Friday, responding to concerns that the former Peruvian President held in Chilean custody since 2005 will try to flee the country. Judge Orlando Antonio Alvarez Hernandez, also on the Supreme [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Indicted US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official website; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Friday to charges [DOJ press release] under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [DOJ materials], including bribery, racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Jefferson allegedly accepted approximately $500,000 in bribes from numerous companies both in [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Friday delayed its ruling on whether it has jurisdiction [JURIST report] over the legal disputes involving the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive], putting that off until next week. Legal observers say the delay may reflect [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The New Hampshire State Senate voted 15-9 [press release] Thursday to repeal [HB 184 text] a 2003 law requiring parental notification [text] for minors seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive]. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch [official website] has indicated that he will sign the bill, which was initially passed [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) established and operated secret detention centers [JURIST news archive] in Romania and Poland between 2002 and 2005, according to a report [PDF text; Appendix 1, JPG; Appendix 2, JPG; Appendix 3, PDF; press release; press conference recorded video part 1, part 2] adopted Friday [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Marines Staff Sgt. Justin Laughner testified Thursday at the Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] for Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani [JURIST report], the commander in charge of the Marine battalion implicated in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], that a superior [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 26 US Central Intelligence Agency agents [JURIST news archive] and two former Italian intelligence officials in the 2003 abduction and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] opened in Milan Friday in the absence of all American [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The number of death sentences handed down by Chinese courts in the first five months of 2007 has decreased following the implementation of reforms [JURIST report] which require all death sentences to receive the approval of the Supreme People's Court [official website], Chinese state media reported Thursday. Citing statistics [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 50-45 [roll call] late Thursday to reject a cloture motion [Senate backgrounder] for the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 [S 1348 summary; JURIST report] Thursday, falling 10 votes short of limiting the debate on the legislation to thirty-hours and restricting the introduction of [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.