Legal news from Monday, May 23, 2005
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Hummam Hammoudi, a Shiite Muslim cleric who is a senior aide in the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq [Global Security.com backgrounder], will likely be announced as head of the Iraqi constitution committee. The formal announcement is expected Tuesday during a meeting of [read more]

20:05 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] met in the White House East Room Monday to discuss US military operations in Afghanistan [meeting transcript]. The leaders were able to agree on a joint declaration [text] that US and coalition forces will continue to have "the freedom of [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a bipartisan group of Senators has reached a deal to avert a showdown over judicial nominees. Sources state that under the agreement, Democrats would pledge not to filibuster any of Bush's future appeals court or Supreme Court nominees, except in "extraordinary circumstances." [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] In a sure sign that Republicans are prepared to spend all night debating the filibuster, workers Monday set up dozens of cots in the Strom Thurmond Room of the Capitol. The session to decide President Bush's nomination of Pricilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice, to the 5th US [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the Egyptian Parliament [government website] has unanimously approved a decision by Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak [official profile] to send Egyptian troops to Sudan [government website] under the UN peacekeeping mandate in Security Council Resolution 1590 [official PDF text]. The troops are expected to be in [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] has given software giant Microsoft until the end of May to comply with its antitrust order [Microsoft's implementation plan for the agreement] or face punitive sanctions, officials for both organizations said Monday. The dispute is due mostly to what regulators see as Microsoft's lack [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a morning report in JURIST's Paper Chase, Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [Wikipedia profile] has ordered the Guardian Council [Wikipedia entry] to reconsider a decision to reject all reformist candidates running for the presidency. Specifically, Ayatollah Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran on political and spiritual [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Middle East spokeswoman for Amnesty International [advocacy website] Nicole Choueiry expressed the group's opposition Monday to a recent announcement from Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [Wikipedia profile] that the death penalty would be retained in Iraq and that the new government would be willing to use it to combat [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] In a 7-2 decision the US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional to force capital murder defendants to appear before juries in shackles. The majority said that viewing a prisoner in shackles would be too damaging to the jury's perception of the defendant. Justices Antonin [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] Monday set aside the life sentence of Juvenal Kajelijeli [profile], convicted in 2003 of genocide and incitement to commit genocide, and converted it to 45 years with credit given for seven years served. An ICTR press release [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] In a commencement address at Pace Law School [official website] Sunday, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's Chef de Cabinet Mark Malloch Brown [UN biography] referred to the US as an "ungainly giant" that prefers to play by its own rules rather than those of the international community. He [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Republican Dino Rossi [campaign website] is challenging the 2004 election victory of Democratic Washington Governor Christine Gregoire [official website], the closest statewide election in history. Rossi, who won the first count by 261 votes and a machine recount by 42 votes, is alleging illegal votes were cast by felons [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] said Monday it will decide an unsettled issue of abortion law: the standard to apply when judging the constitutionality of abortion restrictions. That issue and the issue of whether a health exception should exist for parental consent laws for minors are set to [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Staff Sgt. Shane Werst's military trial is set to start Monday in the shooting death of Iraqi detainee Naser Ismail. Werst was charged in November 2004 [AP report] after a soldier in his squad reported that Werst shot Ismail, already in custody after a house raid, and then planted [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A military policeman has pled guilty to assault and two counts of making a false statement in the 2002 beating death of an Afghan prisoner [Army press release]. In a plea bargain Spc. Brian E. Cammack also agreed to testify in other cases related to the deaths of two [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's hard-line Guardian Council [Wikipedia article] Sunday rejected all reformist candidates in the upcoming presidential election, disqualifying more than 1,000 potential candidates. Just six conservative candidates were selected to run in the election, prompting a crisis meeting by reform groups who threatened to boycott the election. The decision by [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations Director of the Electoral Assistance Division [official website] Carina Perelli said Sunday that Lebanese politicians agree that electoral reform must be a top priority after the upcoming parliamentary elections, the first without a Syrian military presence in 30 years. When the Lebanese go to the polls in [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations has condemned the alleged abuse of Afghan detainees [UN press release] by US military forces and called on the military to allow an investigation by human rights officials inside Afghanistan. The Sunday statement comes in response to a New York Times article Friday [JURIST report] that [read more]

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