Legal news from Tuesday, July 24, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] There are approximately 2000 suspected terrorists living in Great Britain, up from last year's estimate of 1600, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official website] said Tuesday. She recommended that legislators pass new terror laws to allow police to hold uncharged terror suspects beyond the current 28 day limit. Prime [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Court judge overseeing the war crimes trial [ICC press release] of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive] has expressed a desire to have the trial moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive], according to Tuesday reports. Judge Adrian [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has urged Rwanda to conduct an "independent and impartial" investigation [press release] into an increasing number of alleged extrajudicial killings, saying in a report [HRW materials] Tuesday that Rwanda National Police officers have killed at least 20 prisoners in the past seven months. [read more]

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[JURIST] Jury selection began Tuesday in the court-martial [JURIST report] of US Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, charged [DOC text] with murder, kidnapping, larceny, assault, housebreaking, conspiracy, and making a false official statement for his alleged role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan [official profile] said Tuesday that the US Food and Drug Administration [official website] is currently unable to handle the responsibility of tobacco regulation. A bill introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) [official website] would put the tobacco industry under FDA regulation, something that [read more]

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[JURIST] Three former Vietnamese government officials and six others will face organized gambling and bribery charges in court next month, a Hanoi People's Court official said Tuesday. Bui Tien Dung, a former project management head in the Ministry of Transportation [official website], allegedly placed bets totaling $760,000 on European soccer [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Tuesday denied pressuring then-Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile] to give the Department of Justice's reauthorization of the controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] while Ashcroft was hospitalized. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales, who was White [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A court in India [JURIST news archive] sentenced three men to death on Tuesday for their involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 in India's financial center. The court found Zakir Hussain, Abdul Akhtar Khan and Firoz Akram Amani [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers representing former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [Wikipedia backgrounder] Monday filed motions seeking to avert extradition from the US to France on money laundering charges [Reuters report] when he is released from federal prison on September 9 [JURIST report]. Noriega's lawyers argue that Noriega should remain classified as a [read more]

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[JURIST] An Orleans Parish grand jury Tuesday refused to indict Dr. Anna Pou [advocacy website] on charges of killing four patients at the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Pou and two nurses were arrested [JURIST report] last year, with prosecutors [read more]

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[JURIST] The United Nations Office of Legal Affairs rejected Taiwan's fifteenth bid for member state status Monday, reiterating the One-China Policy [Wikipedia backgrounder] and recognizing the People's Republic of China (PRC) [JURIST news archive] as the legitimate government of China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao characterized Taiwan's latest effort [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] told Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday that he should consider appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the US Attorneys firing scandal [JURIST news archive]. In a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing [committee materials], Specter said that Gonzales may have to appoint [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina [party profile] was formally charged Tuesday with extortion for alleged kickbacks she received during her tenure in office. According to the charges, the former PM and two relatives received thousands of dollars from deals, including one awarding a contract to an electric company. [read more]

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[JURIST] The Chinese government compensated Zhang Zhijian, who exposed the corruption of former drug safety commissioner Zheng Xiaoyu, in the amount of 24,000 yuan ($3,175 USD) after he spent 10 months in jail for posting an Internet story on the corruption, AP reported Tuesday. Zhang was originally sentenced [JURIST report] [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two federal district judges separately ordered Monday the formation of special three-judge panel to supervise and reduce California's prison population after finding that California's prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive] is preventing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] from adequately providing mental health care. Judge Thelton [read more]

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[JURIST] The Law Council of Australia, the country's national organization for lawyers, on Tuesday issued harsh criticism [press release] of the trial of former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [Law Council backgrounder; JURIST news archive], saying the trial was "a charade." The council's report [PDF text; summary, PDF], prepared by [read more]

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[JURIST] Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] on behalf of approximately 320,000 to 800,000 veterans of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [backgrounder], [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A controversial law offering ID cards to illegal immigrants went into effect Tuesday in New Haven, Connecticut. The municipal identification cards, which will be available at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children and will not distinguish citizens from undocumented immigrants, will allow cardholders to access [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Libya released six foreign medics [BBC Q&A; JURIST news archive] Tuesday who had been sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] for allegedly infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus, after obtaining an agreement from the European Union to normalize and develop closer political and economic ties and [read more]

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