Legal news from Monday, August 20, 2007
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Monday threatened to hold top members of the Bush administration in contempt if they continue to refuse to turn over subpoenaed information about the warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. The Senate Judiciary Committee issued formal subpoenas for the [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Election Commission of Thailand [official website] on Monday certified the results [PDF text, in Thai; Nation report] of Sunday's constitutional referendum [JURIST report], reporting that 56.69 percent of voters approved the draft constitution put forth by the country's military-backed interim government. Although the measure passed, experts predict that [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday temporarily blocked organic grocer Whole Foods Market from taking over rival Wild Oats Markets [corporate websites], saying that it needed more time to consider the proposed acquisition. The court stressed that its move should not be [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The interim government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] has completed all formalities necessary to separate the country's judiciary from its executive branch, meeting a deadline set by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official backgrounder] last month, according to Monday media reports. Mainul Hosein, law adviser in the interim government, [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish parliament failed to elect a president Monday, with the leading candidate receiving only 341 votes. Current Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul [official website] was 26 votes shy of the number necessary to win the seat; the Turkish president is elected by a two-thirds majority of parliamentarians in [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan Minister of Internal Affairs Ruhakana Rugunda told the BBC Monday that Uganda [JURIST news archive] has begun the process of consulting with victims to determine the best way to hold accountable those responsible for atrocities committed during Uganda's civil war [BBC Q&A]. Rugunda said that the government is [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US military prosecutors have dropped charges of making false official statements and obstructing justice against US Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive] just hours before jury selection was set to begin in his court-martial. Jordan is the only commissioned officer charged in connection with [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Jordanian government spokesperson said Monday that Jordan does not currently have plans to hand over Raghad Saddam Hussein, daughter of the former Iraqi leader, even though Interpol issued a "red notice" [Interpol materials; JURIST report] last week indicating that Iraqi authorities are seeking her arrest. Raghad has lived [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] on Monday delayed the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; SCSL case materials] until January 7, 2008 in order to provide Taylor's new defense team [JURIST report] more time to prepare. The trial [JURIST news archive] had been [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian officials have released 31 opposition activists from custody after the members of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy [party website] reportedly apologized [ENA report] for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations that followed Ethiopia's contested 2005 elections. The 31 CUD members were never charged with any crime, but [read more]

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