Legal news from Tuesday, January 15, 2008
18:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility of a life sentence for convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive]. Cooke found that the enhanced terrorism penalties could be applied, rejecting the defense's argument that evidence linking Padilla and his co-conspirators to [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) [official website] is spearheading US efforts to form an international database of biometrics data on major criminals and terrorists, the UK Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. The program, called "Server in the Sky," would be a cooperative venture by participating countries to collect and [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday praised a bill passed [JURIST report] Saturday by the Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to be reinstated to public life as "a step forward" for the stabilization of [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Tuesday called on Iran to abolish executions by stoning [press release], an execution method that Iran denies is still in official use. Amnesty decried stoning as a "grotesque and horrific" practice designed to inflict maximum suffering on condemned adulterers; it pointed to language in the [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] Tuesday urged [OHCHR press release] the Sri Lankan government to abide by international law as a 2002 ceasefire with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [group website; CFR backgrounder], or "Tamil Tigers," expires Wednesday. Fighting between government [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Three men were sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a 2002 attempt to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile]. Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Hanif and Mohammad Ashraf, all thought to belong to the Harkut ul-Mujahideen al-Almi {MIPT backgrounder] terror group, were originally sentenced to 10 years [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge on one of Pakistan's anti-corruption Accountability Courts [official backgrounder] Tuesday dismissed charges against former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] following her December 27 assassination [JURIST report]. Charges that Bhutto possessed assets beyond her known income, brought by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] plans to step up deportation of illegal immigrants serving time in US prisons and jails during 2008, ICE Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers [official profile] said in an interview published Tuesday in the New York Times. Myers said ICE deported nearly [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Norway has agreed to extradite an unnamed Croatian citizen wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1991 Vukovar massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to Serbia to face war crimes [JURIST news archive] charges, Norwegian officials said Tuesday. Croatia had requested the man's extradition in 2006; Norwegian justice officials [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Tuesday that fraud claims by investors are not permitted against third parties that did not directly mislead those investors. In Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. [Duke Law case backgrounder], the court held 5-3 [opinion, PDF] that investors [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Four ethnic Russian Estonians accused of taking part in violence that occurred last year during the removal of a Red Army war memorial in Tallinn went on trial in Estonia Monday. The violence occurred last April when Estonia removed the prominent yet controversial Bronze Soldier [IHT report] from the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], will probably head the new UK Supreme Court when it opens in 2009, the Times reported Monday. The new top court, created by the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 [text], will [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the clandestine branch of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] who ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], will not appear at a closed congressional hearing later this week, his lawyer said Monday, indicating [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Investigating judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] met with former low-level Khmer Rouge members Tuesday in an effort to secure their cooperation with the court's mission. ECCC judges assured the former Khmer Rouge cadres that the court's mandate only permits prosecutions against [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) [profession website] members said Monday that Pakistan's lawyers will relax their ongoing boycott of the post-emergency judiciary [JURIST news archive] to Thursday of every week and one hour of every day, because the backlog caused by their 12-week boycott was creating hardship for civil litigants [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in the case of Virginia v. Moore [LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-1082, where the Court is being asked to decide whether the Fourth Amendment requires the suppression of evidence obtained incident to an arrest [read more]

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