Legal news from Sunday, May 15, 2005
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] After days of deadly anti-US rioting in Afghanistan [JURIST report], protests in other Muslim countries, and condemnations [JURIST report] of American actions by civil and judicial leaders around the Muslim world, Newsweek editors have backtracked on their story of Koran abuse by US personnel at Guantanamo Bay [Newsweek report] [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Three Saudi reformers on trial for sedition and using Western tactics in calling for the institution of a limited constitutional monarchy in Saudi Arabia were sentenced to prison terms of six to nine years Sunday. Human rights observers and family members of the accused were barred from the courtroom [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian parliament [official website] Sunday passed a measure encouraging Iran's government to resume the "peaceful use" of nuclear technology consistent with international law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In referring to "provision of the fuel cycle for generating 20,000 megawatts of electricity" the measure appears to envisage [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court ruling that the inscription "In God We Trust" above the doorway of a county government building in North Carolina [WEMY-TV photo] is not an unconstitutional infringement of the separation of church and state. A panel of the US Fourth Circuit [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US military investigator has cleared a US Marine of murder charges in connection with the deaths of two Iraqi prisoners. 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano [defense website] stood accused of killing the two prisoners [JURIST report] execution-style on April 15, 2004; if convicted he could have faced the death [read more]

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