Legal news from Monday, August 13, 2007
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile] announced Monday that he will resign his position effective at the end of August [press conference transcript]. Rove said in an interview [text] with the Wall Street Journal that he first indicated last year that he planned to depart [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people marched in Thailand Monday in support of an upcoming general referendum on whether to approve the interim government's proposed draft constitution [JURIST report]. The march, organized by interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official profile; BBC profile], is an effort to promote popular support for [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the terror trial of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi [GlobalSecurity profiles] heard closing arguments Monday from federal prosecutors and defense lawyers. Federal prosecutors urged the jury to convict the three on charges [JURIST report] of conspiracy to murder [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Adelphia Communications [corporate website] founder John Rigas and his son Timothy reported Monday to Butner Federal Correctional Complex [official backgrounder] pursuant to a June federal court order [JURIST report]. In 2005, John Rigas, now 82, was sentenced [JURIST report] to 15 years in prison, while Timothy Rigas was sentenced [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] German Federal Commissioner Marianne Birthler [official profile] said Monday that a written order instructing border guards in the former German Democratic Republic [Wikipedia backgrounder] to shoot defectors is being scrutinized by prosecutors to determine whether the document, dated October 1, 1973, could lead to the prosecution of former East [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced the further postponement of court proceedings in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; SCSL case materials] Monday, granting a request by Taylor's new defense team [JURIST report] for additional time to prepare [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Thai police Col. Charnchai Netirattakarn turned himself in Monday on charges of offering a judge $890,000 in bribes in exchange for a favorable ruling for ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the former ruling party Thai Rak Thai (TRT) [party website] in [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Ethiopian troops and insurgent forces were responsible for "rampant violations of the laws of war" [press release] during fighting between March and April 2007 in the vicinity of Somali capital Mogadishu, according to a report [PDF text] released Monday by Human Rights Watch [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) [official website] on Sunday urged Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "negotiate" with the US government for the immediate release of Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [TrialWatch Profile; JURIST news archive]. In a letter [PDF text] to Harper, CBA President J. Parker MacCarthy reiterated [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi announced additional charges Monday against Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for the violent response to the predominately Shi'a uprising [HRW backgrounder] in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Al-Majid, also known as [read more]

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