Legal news from Monday, August 27, 2007
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Missouri abortion law [HB 1055 text] that would subject more abortion clinics to tighter state control. The law, which had been scheduled to go into effect Tuesday, would classify abortion clinics that perform more than five first-trimester abortions a [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese state media reported Monday that the National People's Congress [official website, in Chinese] is considering new legislation [China Daily report] that would increase penalties for companies that pollute the nation's waterways. The new law would remove present pollution fine caps and allow the government to fine companies 20-30 [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The military jury in the case against US Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive] began deliberations Monday to decide charges against Jordan relating to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal [JURIST news archive]. During closing arguments in Jordan's court-martial, the government said that Jordan [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] has urged Myanmar to immediately release demonstrators [statement] detained last week after participating in a peaceful protest against a recent rise in fuel prices. Arbour said Sunday that allowing citizens to peacefully express themselves will help foster both democracy [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi [advocacy website, in Persian; JURIST news archive] said Monday that she has urged UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website; JURIST news archive] to investigate allegations that the Iranian government has been detaining women's [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court has given former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [UN profile] a 30-day extension to appear in court, Zia's lawyer Mohammad Sanaullah said Sunday. Zia, who was scheduled to appear before the court for tax evasion charges on Sunday, had requested additional time on the grounds that [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] announced Sunday that sectarian leaders have come to an agreement on several contentious draft laws which have been identified by the US as key to the country's progress [JURIST report]. Under the new agreement, former Baath Party [party website, in Arabic; JURIST [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] confirmed his earlier-reported resignation [letter, PDF; JURIST report] Monday, saying that he will conclude his "government service as attorney general of the United States effective as of September 17th, 2007." In a statement [text] at the Justice Department Monday [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika [official website, in Russian] Monday criticized a recent Swiss high court decision [JURIST report] to block the release of financial information linked to Russian oil giant Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and the Swiss court's concurrent decision to lift a freeze on Yukos [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Supreme Court Monday sentenced UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda [official profile, DOC] to a three-year jail term for her involvement in a corruption scheme headed by her husband, former Bangladeshi Communications Minister Nazmul Huda. Prosecutors alleged [JURIST report] that Sigma aided Nazmul in extorting almost $300,000 USD [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian law enforcement officials have arrested 10 people in last October's killing [JURIST report] of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika [official website, in Russian] announced Monday. Chaika also indicated that the death was spearheaded by someone outside of Russia. Russian news [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times is reporting that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] has resigned from his post after months of controversy over the Justice Department's handling of the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] and subsequent allegations that he may have perjured [read more]

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