Legal news from Sunday, October 24, 2004
19:10 EDT

The Israeli cabinet Sunday approved a bill that will allow the government to compensate Jewish settlers who lose their homes under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposed Gaza withdrawal plan. The bill allows the Israeli government to issue evacuation orders to Jewish settlers living in the Gaza Strip, and includes provisions [read more]

19:10 EDT

The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Sunday issued a stay of a District Court order requiring some provisional ballots in Michigan to be counted even if they are cast in the wrong precinct. The court overturned a similar ruling out of Ohio on Saturday. Opponents of the court's decision [read more]

17:10 EDT

A day after it pledged $100 million to the African Union's peacekeeping efforts in Sudan, as reported Saturday on JURIST's Paper Chase, the EU Sunday expressed its concern over repeated breaches of the cease-fire agreement in Darfur and urged the Sudanese government to unilaterally sign protocols to allow access for [read more]

16:10 EDT

Following up on a story previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has charged 17 people for their roles in attempting to blow up the Spanish National Court in Madrid, a center of the country's investigations into Islamic terrorism. The group, comprised of Moroccans, Algerians, and one [read more]

16:10 EDT

The Washington Post reported Sunday that in response to a request by the CIA, the US Justice Department drafted a memo in March 2004 that authorized the transfer of detainees out of Iraq for interrogation. International law experts say this is an unconventional and disturbing circumvention and reinterpretation of the [read more]

11:10 EDT

Preliminary results show interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has won a majority of the votes cast in Afghanistan's October 9th presidential elections. The results are still being reviewed to eliminate allegations of voter fraud, but early results show Karzai winning 4,105,122 votes, more than half of the estimated 8,114,071 votes [read more]

11:10 EDT

Sunday's London Telegraph reports that British leaders have set March 2006 as the date for a UK referendum on the proposed European Constitution. EU leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, will sign a draft of the document on Friday in Brussels. A recent poll found 59% of Britons are [read more]

09:10 EDT

Voters in Florida are raising questions about the reliability of new touchscreen voting machines deployed in 15 counties to end the problems with paper ballots and "hanging chads" that plagued the 2000 election. Some critics of the new system fear that thousands of votes could be inadvertently deleted, misrecorded, or [read more]

08:10 EDT

Sunday's New York Times highlights the way US military law has been secretly rewritten since September 11, 2001. The Times also covers the US Supreme Court's denial of Presidential candidate Ralph Nader's plea to be placed on Pennsylvania ballot, the contentious nature of judicial elections in the US, and how [read more]

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