Legal news from Friday, November 16, 2007
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US Marine invoked his right to defer his plea at his Friday military arraignment [USMC press release] on charges stemming from the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005. A lawyer for Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani [JURIST news archive] [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgian Republic ended its national state of emergency [JURIST report] Friday, as promised earlier this week. On Wednesday, Georgian Speaker of Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze [BBC profile] had announced in a televised statement on behalf of the government that emergency rule would be lifted Friday. A government spokesperson also [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Friday ruled [PDF text] that a defunct Muslim charity cannot use a document turned over to it by the US government as evidence that it was the subject of an illegal wiretap. The court held that a secret [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish lawmakers Friday moved to disband the country's leading pro-Kurdish political party and boot its representatives from parliament. Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya charged the Democratic Society Party [party website] with separatism after members gave speeches last week in support of autonomy for Kurds living in the country's southeast. The [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] General Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday amended [amendment text] the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) [text] issued under the country's declaration of emergency rule on November 3 to allow the country's president to revoke the state of emergency. The original PCO was issued by Musharraf in capacity [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan investigators delivered a report Friday to Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] on alleged French involvement in the 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] in the African nation. Specific details have not yet been disclosed, but Rwandan Attorney General Tharcisse Karugarama told Reuters that "the report [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Third Committee [official website] on Thursday voted 99-52 to place a worldwide moratorium [press release] on the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Thirty-three countries abstained from the vote. Opponents of the resolution [text; JURIST report], including Singapore, Egypt, and Botswana, argued [JURIST report] before the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 1,000 suspected human rights abusers from 85 countries are currently living in the United States, according to to a statement [text] delivered by Marcy Forman, director of the Investigations Office of the US Department of Homeland Security [official website], to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A New York appellate court unanimously upheld [opinion] the convictions of former Tyco International [corporate website] CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski [JURIST news archive] and former CFO Mark Swartz Thursday, rejecting arguments that the pair had been convicted of grand larceny, securities fraud and falsifying business records [JURIST report] on [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Thursday announced five nominations [WH press release] for top posts in the US Department of Justice (DOJ), including a federal judge sitting in Chicago for the number two spot. Bush's nominations include:US District Judge Mark Filip [UChicago profile] for deputy attorney general;US Attorney Kevin [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] said Friday that he obtained enough information from a five-day visit [JURIST report] to Myanmar to determine the number of people killed during September's crackdown on pro-democracy protests [JURIST report]. Pinheiro said he will compile his findings and [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed the RESTORE Act of 2007 ("Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed and Effective Act of 2007") [HR 3773 materials] by a margin of 227-187 [roll call] late Thursday without including a provision that would grant immunity to telecommunication companies [JURIST report] that [read more]

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