Legal news from Tuesday, January 4, 2005
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Indonesia, concerned over reports of human trafficking in children in the wake of last week's tsunami disaster off the west coast of the country that killed over 100,000 and left other hundreds of thousands homeless, has now placed restrictions on the transport of youngsters out of [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted former Federated Department Stores Inc. chairman James Zimmerman for perjury, claiming he lied to antitrust investigators about a plan to keep upscale tableware out of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. stores. According to a [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials and members Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission appear to be in growing disagreement over the advisability of holding elections in the country as scheduled on January 30. On Monday, Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan suggested in Cairo that a postponement might allow Sunni parties who have withdrawn to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales seems likely to face stiff questioning in his Senate confirmation hearing this week after the Bush administration's refusal to provide senators with copies of his memos on the interrogation of suspected terrorists. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, sharply criticized the White [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A military hearing begins Tuesday at the San Diego Naval Base for a US Navy SEAL accused of punching an Iraqi prisoner and allowing personnel under his command to abuse the prisoner. Manadel al-Jamadi, a suspect in a Red Cross facility bombing, died in Abu Ghraib a short time [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Chile's Supreme Court has upheld the indictment and house arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, according to a court spokesman.10:52 AM ET - Reuters now has more on the decision, which allows a human rights case against Pinochet for kidnapping and murder to go forward. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] House Republicans on Monday reversed ethics rules adopted in November that would allow party leaders to maintain their posts even if they were indicted for illegal behavior. The closed-door GOP party meeting did, however, make it easier for one party to block a House ethics committee investigation by requiring [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Freedom of Information Act took substantive effect Monday on the first UK workday of the new year, 4 years after its passage by Parliament. Under the Act, any recorded governmental information, including paper records, e-mails, computer records, audio, video, microfiche, and handwritten notes can be requested by the [read more]

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