Legal news from Saturday, January 15, 2005
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury at Fort Hood, Texas, has sentenced Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr. [Wikipedia profile] to 10 years in prison for abuses [AP photos] committed at the Abu Ghraib prison [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] in Baghdad. Earlier Saturday Graner took the stand in the sentencing phase of his trial, giving [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Forty-six members of the Palestinian election commission [official website] resigned en masse Saturday, claiming that they had been improperly pressured to change procedures in the midst of the January 9th presidential vote. Senior commission officials claimed that campaign and intelligence officials associated with victorious candidate Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile], [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a JURIST report from Thursday, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi [Nobel profile] said Saturday she won't respond to a court summons from an Iranian Revolutionary Court [Iranian Judiciary official website] in spite of the risk of arrest. "The manner in which the summons has [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Due to security concerns surrounding the upcoming January 30 elections, authorities in Iraq have agreed to let voters register and cast ballots on the same day in the troubled provinces of Anbar [Wikipedia article] and Ninawa [Wikipedia article]. The two provinces, home to the cities of Fallujah [BBC profile] [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Federal Communications Commission [official website] chairman Michael Powell ordered an investigation [PDF statement] Friday into whether political commentator Armstrong Williams [media website; Wikipedia profile] improperly failed to disclose that he was paid by the Bush administration to support the president's education plan. Williams was paid $240,000 as part of [read more]

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