Legal news from Thursday, September 27, 2007
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) [official website] said Thursday that he would fight subpoenas issued by the US Department of Justice [official website] for documents, including legislative records, relating to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. Doolittle's lawyer said that the Justice Department had overstepped its authority [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Thursday handed down judgments [judgment summary; press release] on war crimes suspects Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profiles; ICTY case backgrounder], who were accused of killing some 200 Croatian POWs at a pig farm near [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] approved an amendment to the 2008 Senate Defense Reauthorization Bill [HR 1585 materials] by unanimous voice vote Thursday that would expand federal hate crimes legislation. Among its provisions, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 [S 1105 materials] broadens the definition [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's top prosecutor has denied a move by a descendant of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II [Wikipedia profile] to have the Romanovs declared "political victims," Russia's RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanov [Wikipedia profile], a Spanish resident, was attempting to obtain an order from the Russian Prosecutor General's [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Thursday upheld [judgment summary; press release] a 2005 lower court ruling [JURIST report] acquitting two Kosovo Albanians and convicting one other for their alleged actions at a prison camp run by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) [BBC backgrounder] during [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing twelve members of the US House of Representatives [official website] who were subpoenaed last month in the criminal trial of a defense contractor charged with bribing former US Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile] filed motions in the Southern District of California [official website] Wednesday seeking to [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan police closed off the capital of Islamabad on Thursday to prevent protesters from rallying against President Musharraf's bid for a second five-year term in office. Pakistani lawyers had threatened earlier in the week to defy a government ban on gatherings of more than five people to protest Musharraf's [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] devoted much of his address [PDF statement] to the 62nd UN General Assembly on Wednesday to attacking the human rights record of US President George W. Bush. Mugabe was responding to Bush's address [PDF text], where Bush called Mugabe's government a "tyrannical regime" [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar police arrested dozens of Buddhist monks during dawn raids on two monasteries Thursday, one day after police opened fire on anti-government protesters [JURIST report], killing at least eight and arresting over 300. Also Thursday, police again fired shots [BBC report] near crowds of protesters, killing one person. It [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INP) [official website] has begun officially publishing a list of public officials who worked with or were spied on by the country's Communist-era secret police as part of ongoing efforts to reconcile Poland's pre-1989 Communist heritage. Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and President Lech [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) [official website] said Wednesday that it will reshelve all religious material taken from prison chapel libraries originally determined to fall outside of the agency's approved list of materials. The BOP made the decision to temporarily end the Standardized Chapel Library Project in [read more]

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