Legal news from Thursday, January 27, 2005
21:01 EDT

[JURIST] Female interrogators at the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay used various sexual tactics, including touching, provocative attire, and even smearing a prisoner's face with fake menstrual blood in their attempts to obtain information from Muslim detainees, according to a report written by a former Army Sgt. Erik [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Fearful that going before the Supreme Court could jeopardize the entirety of its media ownership limits, the FCC [agency website] will not seek to challenge a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [court homepage] tightening ownership rules for media conglomerates in US markets. The [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to violence in Sudan's western Darfur region [Human Rights Watch backgrounder] that has claimed some 70,000 lives, US lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to call on world leaders to put pressure on both rebels and government forces to halt the bloodshed. Disturbed by what they had seen [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that overseas voting has started in the Iraqi elections. Polls opened to expatriate Iraqis in Australia at 7:00 AM local time on Friday, January 28. The Iraq Out-of Country Voting Program [official website] has more. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN committee charged with monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women [background and text; committee website] released a report Thursday accusing Mexico of "grave and systemic violations" of women's rights. The Committee's criticisms of Mexico stem from hundreds of [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] David D'Amiano, a Democratic fund-raiser and acquaintance of former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey [Wikipedia profile], was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for his part in soliciting $40,000 in cash and political contributions in return for his help in a land deal. McGreevey was not charged in [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's Attorney General Menahem Mazuz [official biography] has ruled that Israeli land parcels under the control of the Jewish National Fund [official website] and the Israel Lands Administration [official website] must be available for purchase by Arabs as well as Jews. Until now, the land was only sold to [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Mission for Iraqi Elections [official website] scheduled to monitor Sunday's elections in Iraq will not have any personnel at polling stations around Iraq itself due to security concerns. Instead, most IMIE observers will report on the election results from Amman, Jordan. Meanwhile the Iraqi electoral process is [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities brief,The trial of two former Parmalat [corporate website] auditors, Maurizio Bianchi and Lorenzo Penca, who both worked for auditing firm Grant Thornton, began today in Milan, Italy. This is the first trial since the massive fraud scandal at the dairy giant came out. The [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Javal S. Davis [CBS News profile] will plead guilty to reduced charges next week after reaching a deal with prosecutors, Davis' attorney Paul Bergrin said Thursday. Davis had been charged [charge sheet] with maltreatment of detainees and other charges in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that Riggs Bank [official website] has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges and agreed to pay $16 million. The charges stem from the bank's handling of finances for diplomats and foreign officials, including former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The plea could jeopardize a takeover deal with [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A man suspected of causing a train derailment in Los Angeles was charged Thursday with 10 counts of murder and could face the death penalty, according to LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley [DA's website]. Juan Manuel Alvarez, who authorities said was suicidal, allegedly parked his SUV on the [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, Tyson Foods [corporate website] has settled a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club and three Kentuckians over the air pollution from 80 chicken houses. The company agreed Wednesday to fund a study of the emissions from chicken houses and paid the individuals undisclosed amounts. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] set for this spring may be delayed by up to two months due to technical problems, Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah [Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website] said Thursday. Although many observers have previously warned of potential delays [JURIST report], Abdullah's comments are [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israel has preliminarily agreed to release around 900 Palestinian prisoners [prisoners advocacy website] in the near future, a senior Palestinian officer said Thursday. Palestinian authorities reportedly requested the release of 5000 prisoners, but the two sides agreed on the lesser total. Nearly 8000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qureia [Wikipedia profile] ordered a ban on civilians carrying weapons in Palestinian territories on Thursday, showing a desire for less violence in the wake of the Palestinian Authority's proposal to Israel of a mutual cease-fire. The order was signed during a security meeting among senior [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, senior African Union [official website] officials are reporting that the Sudanese government [official website] bombed a Darfur village Wednesday, with NGO workers present for the first time to actually witness the explosions. The announcement came just hours after the UN confirmed that over 100 people [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The only remaining challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA text] is set to begin today in California. The lawsuit argues DOMA and California's Proposition 22 [text] are violations of a gay couple's civil rights. California only recognizes marriages as between a man and a woman and [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] World leaders and Holocaust survivors gathered in Poland Thursday to mark the 60 year anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp [background information]. The heads of state of both Israel and Germany will join those of Russia and other countries to remember the arrival of Soviet [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] is hearing arguments today in the legal fight over access to Vice President Dick Cheney's records from his 2001 energy task force [NRDC FOIA documents]. The Sierra Club [official website] and Judicial Watch [official website] are [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The four British citizens released from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] who arrived in the UK Tuesday [JURIST report] and were later released from custody by British police [JURIST report] still pose a terrorist threat, according to US officials. A Pentagon spokesman said late Wednesday: "We continue to believe [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, Jan. 27.Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich will deliver a state of the state address today at 12 PM ET.At the EU today, Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security [official website] Franco Frattini will hold [read more]

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