Legal news from Wednesday, September 5, 2007
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge William Hoeveler temporarily blocked the French extradition of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Wednesday to give Noriega's lawyers time to argue that his rights will not be fully protected in France. Defense lawyers will have until 9 AM local time Thursday [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian government solicitor Wednesday filed an appeal [case summary] contesting last month's Federal Court of Australia decision [text; JURIST report] to reinstate the work visa of Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive], who was detained by Australian authorities in July in connection with July's attempted UK car bomb [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] An anchoring and fastening product manufacturer pleaded not guilty [AG press release] Wednesday to criminal charges stemming from the July 10, 2006 ceiling panel collapse in Boston's $15 billion Big Dig [official website] tunnel project that killed one person. Power Fasteners [corporate website] was indicted [press release; JURIST report] [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's justice minister has dropped language from a proposed amendment to the nation's inheritance law that would define common law marriage to be between a man and a woman, according to a statement made to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) [advocacy website] Tuesday. Daniel Friedmann [official [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel [official website] Wednesday issued an advisory opinion [PDF text] rejecting certification of a voter-backed ballot proposition that would ban adoptions by unmarried couples. The measure, submitted by the Family Council of Arkansas [advocacy website], would prevent unmarried couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, from [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Army [official website] Tuesday announced that independent investigators have found no evidence [press release] to support allegations [JURIST report] that the army "may have aided or abetted the torture of detainees" by transferring them from Canadian to Afghan custody. Amnesty International Canada [advocacy website] and the British [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Wednesday heard the first set of arguments in a legal challenge to the rule of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. The lawsuit challenges the fact that Musharraf is both the country's president and army chief, and alleges that any bid for [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] On a visit to Sydney, Australia to attend the 2007 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit [official website], US President George W. Bush said Wednesday that it was "inexcusable" for the recently-concluded constitutional convention in Myanmar to have excluded opposition party National League for Democracy [Wikipedia backgrounder]. US State Department [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Bulgarian special panel investigating the country's communist-era police records said Tuesday that current Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov [official profile] and 19 other lawmakers collaborated with the country's communist-era secret service [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The panel, created under legislation declassifying communist-era files [JURIST report], has published a list of 138 [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [advocacy website] and other civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in federal court [complaint, PDF; ACLU press release] Tuesday against the state of Arizona claiming that the Legal Arizona Workers Act [AZ HB 2779 materials] is unconstitutional and could lead to [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Lord Justice Stephen Sedley said Wednesday that all UK citizens and visitors should have their DNA included in the national DNA database [UK Home Office backgrounder; POST backgrounder, PDF] because the current repository is insufficient. Sedley said that the UK DNA database, the world's largest at 4 million [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian-American journalist Parnaz Azima has been granted permission to leave Iran [RFE/RL report] after months of being held in the country due to security-related charges against her, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) [media website] said Tuesday. Azima, employed by a Persian service of RFE/RL, originally traveled to Iran in [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] EU Justice, Freedom, and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini [official profile] said Wednesday that the European Union will move forward with plans to establish an EU-wide airline passenger data recording system despite privacy concerns because the threat posed by terror attacks remains high. Frattini's comments came on the same day [read more]

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