May 11, 2006
by Greg Sampson
UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour on Thursday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) act more aggressively in prosecuting those suspected of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region shortly after her return from a visit there. Although the UN Security Council has granted the ICC th... ...[read more]
May 11, 2006
by Greg Sampson
Pope Benedict on Thursday explicitly condemned same-sex marriage or any legal recognition of same-sex couples as Italy's new center-left government prepared to take office as early as next Wednesday. His statement echoed a speech he gave last year in which he described such departures from tradi... ...[read more]
May 11, 2006
by Greg Sampson
The UK High Court on Thursday ruled that a group of Indian Ocean islanders known as the Chagossians must be allowed to return to the group of islands from which they were exiled in the 1960s in order to make way for the Diego Garcia naval base. Overall roughly 2,000 Chagossians were removed after ...[read more]
April 29, 2006
by Greg Sampson
A spokesman for the Administrative Office of the US Courts said Friday that creating an inspector general for the federal judiciary to investigate possible ethical violations by federal judges would be a serious incursion into judicial independence and was unnecessary, as the judicial br... ...[read more]
April 29, 2006
by Greg Sampson
In the latest legal assault on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, conservative business organization the Free Enterprise Fund has asked former US solicitor general and Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, former US assistant attorney general Viet Dinh, and 2000 Bush legal team member Michael Carvin ...[read more]
April 25, 2006
by Greg Sampson
Prosecutors in Serbia on Tuesday charged eight policemen for the killing of 48 Kosovar Albanians in the first weeks of the 1999 war in Kosovo. According to the indictment, the police officers are accused of shooting the 48 Albanians in the town of Suva Reka and then shipping the bodies to a mass ...[read more]
April 25, 2006
by Greg Sampson
A US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) spokesman said Tuesday that the agency would introduce new rules to speed up the immigration process and prevent serious delays, apparently sidestepping a threat of mass lawsuits from Arab rights advocates. Although the spokesperson conceded that ...[read more]
April 25, 2006
by Greg Sampson
As part of a larger response to record high gasoline prices, President George W. Bush on Tuesday announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency would suspend certain rules governing the refining of gasoline. By avoiding additive requirements originally imposed to meet clean air ...[read more]
April 25, 2006
by Greg Sampson
Accused Saudi Al Qaeda operative Jabran Said bin al Qahtani, a prisoner at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, told a US military commission there Tuesday that the United States was an enemy of God and said he would prefer death to complying with the tribunal. The US gove... ...[read more]
April 22, 2006
by Greg Sampson
State prison administrators carried out the execution of Willie Brown, Jr. on Friday morning at the Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the execution procedure Brown had a brain-wave monitor attached to him to ensure that he was unconscious when he was injected with the lethal doses ...[read more]

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