Legal news from Friday, December 17, 2004
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Jamal al-Harith, one of four UK citizens released from detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in March, told a Council of Europe investigating panel Friday that he was kept chained in painful positions, fed rotten food, repeatedly beaten, and subjected to psychological torture. The Council is working on a report [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The government of China (official website in Chinese) announced Friday that it will submit an anti-secession bill to the Chinese parliament later in Decemeber. The text and details of the legislation have not been made public, but the announcement appeared to be aimed at the recent moves towards independence [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said in talks Friday with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun that economic sanctions were a possibility against North Korea in the wake of growing Japanese public hostility towards Pyongyang for kidnapping of Japanese citizens in previous decades for use in training programs for [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Dragan Mikerevic tendered his resignation Friday, a day after fresh international sanctions were imposed against Serb police and officials for alleged protection of war crimes fugitives. Mikerevic said his resignation was for the good of Republika Srpska, the Serb-run part of Bosnia created at the [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 vote Friday that the state's 1994 death penalty law is unconstitutional. The court's ruling focused on a provision stating that when juries weigh aggravating and mitigating factors in determining a sentence, a tie goes to the state. The decision does not [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a story published yesterday in JURIST's Paper Chase, new proposed Russian anti-terror legislation that would allow 60-day security clampdowns and that has critics fearing for civil rights easily passed its first reading Friday in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliment. The bill would allow Russian [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department issued new guidelines on Friday that enforce stricter ethical standards for tax attorneys, accountants, and others offering tax advice. The new standards require those giving advice to rely on all related facts and to examine all relevant federal tax laws before drafting [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Letitia Clark took jurisdiction Thursday of a bankruptcy claim filed Tuesday by Russian oil giant Yukos, issuing a temporary 10-day injunction against the Russian government's sale of any Yukos assets and setting off a legal tug of war with Russian authorities over what law should govern [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 [PDF] into law Friday, implementing a series of intelligence reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission and authorizing the broadest re-working of the US intelligence structure since President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act in 1947. The [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi official said Friday that former Saddam Hussein Defense Minister, Gen. Sultan Hashim Ahmad would join Ali Hassan al-Majid - known as "Chemical Ali" - in going before an Iraqi court next week for a hearing in preparation for trial. Ahmad surrendered to US forces in the Mosul [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington Post Friday published details about the existence of a hitherto-secret CIA prison within the Pentagon-run military detention facility for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison has housed high-value detainees from Pakistan, West Africa, Yemen and other countries whose identities and incarceration have not previously been [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] European Union leaders agreed Thursday on a date of October 3, 2005 for the start of official talks with Turkey regarding its potential accession to the European Union. The European Parliament voted for the opening of talks earlier this week. At the same time, however, EU leaders are insisting [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio Chief Justice Thomas Moyer Thursday threw out on a technicality a challenge filed by voting rights activists claiming that the November 2 vote in that state was invalid because of voting machine errors, double-counting of some ballots and a shortage of voting machines in predominantly minority precincts. Moyer [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iceland has offered a residency permit to Bobby Fisher, the US chess champion now detained in Japan and wanted for extradition to the US who beat Russian Boris Spassky in a famous international chess match in Reykyavik in 1972. Fischer accepted the offer Friday, although it's still unclear whether [read more]

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