Legal news from Tuesday, November 6, 2007
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said Tuesday that a new bill to reform a controversial law [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that criminalizes insults to Turkish identity will go before the Turkish parliament soon. He did not say how exactly the bill would alter the law. Critics contend [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Uruguayan Senate passed a bill Tuesday that partially decriminalizes abortion [JURIST news archive], but the proposal may not have the support needed to override the veto promised by Uruguyan President Tabare Vazquez [BBC profile]. According to the draft law, a mother may terminate her pregnancy during the first [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Tuesday issued a one-sentence ruling rejecting an appeal from Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] challenging a US Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR) [DOD materials] decision to send Khadr's case back to a military tribunal. In June, [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups, including the The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on Tuesday called for a government investigation [IACHR press release] into a fire that killed at least 32 prisoners in northern Argentina [JURIST news archive] on Sunday following a riot at the facility. The government claims that the [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Federal Express Corp. v. Holowecki [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-1322, to determine whether an age discrimination lawsuit against FedEx [corporate website] was filed properly. FedEx seeks to overturn a US Court [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Labour Party government of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Tuesday unveiled its new legislative agenda [PM materials; BBC backgrounder] for the 2007-2008 session of Parliament, pledging to "seek a consensus on changes to the law on terrorism ... to protect the public, whilst preserving essential rights and liberties." [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini [official profile] Tuesday introduced a new package of counter terrorism proposals [press release; news conference recorded video] on behalf of the European Commission. Key provisions of the new counter-terrorism package include a proposal to amend the Framework Decision on combating [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] James Edward Steph, a former oil executive of a subsidiary of Willbros Group Inc. [corporate website], pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to charges of conspiracy relating to a scheme to bribe Nigerian officials heading the country's state-owned oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) [corporate website]. According to the [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Venezuelan Defense Minister Raul Baduel spoke out against the constitutional reforms pushed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday, claiming that the proposed reforms would deprive the Venezuelan people of their power over the government and result in a virtual coup by the [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Yahoo! Inc. [corporate website] Chief Executive Jerry Yang and General Counsel Michael Callahan [written testimonies, PDF] Tuesday defended Yahoo's behavior in providing information to the Chinese government at a hearing [HCFA materials; JURIST report] before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs [official website], saying that the company could [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police Tuesday arrested more lawyers involved in protesting President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday declaration of emergency, suspension of the constitution, and effective dismissal of Pakistan's Supreme Court. AFP reports that some 50 lawyers were arrested at the Lahore High Court a day after a larger protest there escalated into [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury sitting in San Diego Monday convicted former US defense contractor Brent Wilkes of 13 felonies, including money laundering, fraud and conspiracy, in connection with bribes he paid to disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile]. Wilkes pleaded not guilty to all charges, but the jury [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The newly-reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] officially ruled Tuesday that the order [text] against President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule issued Saturday by a seven-person Supreme Court bench led by now-dismissed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was "void, quroum non judice and passed without lawful authority," saying [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] of the Northern District of Illinois [official website] Monday rejected a motion [JURIST report] for a new trial or an acquittal filed by Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive; CBC profile] in August after his conviction [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 Tuesday in favor of the nomination of former federal judge Michael Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] to serve as the next US attorney general. Mukasey's nomination [SJC materials] now goes to the full US Senate for [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Chadian prosecutor Monday questioned Europeans detained for attempting to airlift 103 children [JURIST news archive] from Chad, including three Spanish flight crew members and five workers from the French charity Zoe's Ark [advocacy website, in French; BBC backgrounder]. Six French nationals have been charged with kidnapping [JURIST report], [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Canada ruled [PDF text] Monday that Amnesty International and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association [advocacy website] should be granted public interest standing to seek judicial review of the actions or potential actions of Canadian military personnel deployed in Afghanistan, rejecting the Canadian government's motion [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ruled Monday that the Zimbabwean government can legally expropriate the agricultural equipment of white farmers under the Acquisition of Farm Equipment Act [DOC text], finding that the government expropriated the equipment with the public purpose of advancing the country's farm seizure program [JURIST article], [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] said Monday that he views a decision by US lawmakers to postpone debate [JURIST report] on a resolution [HR 106 materials; text] labeling as genocide the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers [ANCA backgrounder] with [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Attorney General Malik Qayyum told Pakistan's News daily Monday night that the government has reduced the size of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] to 12 and would elevate lower court judges to fill out the complement of the restructured court as most of its original justices [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Dismissed Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] Tuesday urged lawyers in Pakistan to resist President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] and "stand up for the constitution." Speaking by telephone to a gathering of lawyers in the capital Islamabad, Chaudhry, currently under effective house arrest, [read more]

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