Legal news from Monday, July 23, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Avid anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan [Wikipedia profile] and 45 other protesters were arrested Monday at the US Capitol in Washington, DC after refusing to leave the office and hallway of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] while calling for the impeachment of both President George W. Bush and Vice [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] European Union (EU) [official website] foreign ministers decided Monday during a meeting in Brussels to step up their involvement in the UN-supervised independence plan for Kosovo [JURIST news archive], which has been at an impasse after running into intense resistance from Russia. Previous UN proposals regarding the future of [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] European diplomats working for the release of six foreign medics [BBC Q&A: JURIST news archive] sentenced by Libya to life in prison [JURIST report] for allegedly infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus said Monday that the Libyan government is seeking additional funds for the treatment of the [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) announced Monday that the Committee will meet on Wednesday to vote [press release] on whether to proceed with contempt of Congress [backgrounder; 2 USC Sec. 192] citations against former White House counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] formally requested [press release] Monday that the government of the Netherlands consider hosting the ad hoc tribunal that will investigate and try suspects involved in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. In a letter to the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Washington state's domestic partnership law [PDF text] entered into effect Monday, allowing same-sex couples over the age of 18 residing together to register with the state's domestic partnership registry. Registered same-sex couples will be afforded hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, and the right to authorize medical decisions for one's [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] Monday urged lawmakers from both houses of Congress to pass legislation to curb extrajudicial killings and disappearances [transcript], adding that the Philippines must also move forward with electoral reform, such as computerized ballot counting, and impose harsher penalties for election violence. [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Monday that he will stay at the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to improve its damaged image. In prepared testimony [text] released Monday, Gonzales said that he feels "very strongly" that political considerations should not affect the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Foreign ministers of EU member states began formal negotiations on the proposed Reform Treaty [materials, in French] Monday. Foreign ministers convened the 2007 Intergovernmental Conference [official website; conference agenda, PDF] in Brussels, circulating drafts of the proposed treaty so that the respective states' legal experts can meet Tuesday and [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday reassured Venezuelans that any future socialist constitutional reforms will protect private property rights, dispelling what Chavez called "dogmatic" allegations by critics that the impending constitutional reforms will negate private property rights. Chavez, who is expected to submit his [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] Sunday announced his intention to introduce two censure resolutions [press release] against President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and other administration officials, saying that the formal condemnation is necessary because of the administration's conduct "before and during the Iraq war, and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profile] insisted Sunday that the "United States does not engage in torture" [transcript; recorded video], but refused to elaborate on the specific methods used during enhanced interrogations of terror suspects. In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," McConnell said that [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bangkok police spokesperson Supisarn Bhakdinaruenart said Monday that six anti-coup protesters involved in Sunday's clash with police [AP report] have been charged with disturbing the peace, injuring police, and destroying government property. The clash erupted after approximately 5,000 protesters, consisting of supporters of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Zvyagintsev on Monday criticized evidence provided by the United Kingdom to support the extradition of Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] for the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline], saying that the materials gave no evidence that the UK conducted [read more]

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