Legal news from Monday, July 25, 2005
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The White House reiterated [JURIST report] Monday that extensive requests by Democrats for legal writings produced by Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts would be met with opposition. During a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters [transcript] that although the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Fidelity Investments [corporate website] has announced that it may face civil charges from the SEC. In a press release, Fidelity said that it received a Wells Notice that the SEC may file a lawsuit related to Fidelity's employees accepting gifts from Wall [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today signed [press release] the Safe Games Illinois Act [text], which bans the rental and sale of violent and sexually explicit games to those younger than 18 years of age. The legislation, passed [JURIST report] in May, also requires retailers to [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] released an opinion [PDF] Monday explaining its July 14 reversal [JURIST report] of a ban on importing Canadian cattle enacted two years ago after Canada discovered its first domestic case of mad cow disease [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The court [read more]

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[JURIST] The government of Rwanda [official website] announced Monday that it would release up to 30,000 prisoners suspected of involvement in the 1994 genocide [Wikipedia backgrounder] and other war crimes on a provisional basis. According to the Prosecutor General, those to be released [AllAfrica.com report] are mostly the elderly, those [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian court ruled on Monday that it lacked jurisdiction to investigate the death of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder] as a premeditated murder [JURIST report] since the original court ruled the death unintentional. Kazemi died three weeks after being arrested in July 2003 for taking pictures of [read more]

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[JURIST] An Italian court issued arrest warrants on Monday for six more CIA operatives in connection with the kidnapping of a radical Muslim in 2003 [Washington Post report] in Milan. Last month the court issued warrants for 13 members of the unit [JURIST report] and is considering seeking extradition [JURIST [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopia's National Election Board [official website] ordered revotes in 20 of the country's 524 constituencies on Monday, after an investigation of election fraud [JURIST report ] found evidence of abuse at more than 100 polling stations. Violence and protests erupted [JURIST report] after the original election, and only recently [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Cuba has released nine people imprisoned for taking part in government protests, but still holds 17 people arrested last week as part of a crackdown on dissent. The US has previously objected [JURIST report] to oppression of anti-government activists in Cuba. The nine released [Aljazeera report] on Saturday had [read more]

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[JURIST] The head of the Iraq electoral commission [official website] has said that Iraq will open voter registration on August 1 in preparation for the scheduled October 15 vote on a new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], and general elections in December. Reports are that the constitution draft will be [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, facing charges of crimes against humanity, was denied permission late last week to stand trial or serve his sentence in Sweden. Swedish Justice Ministry director Ann Marie Bolin Pennegaard told AFP that the request for Saddam to await trial, stand trial or serve his [read more]

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[JURIST] With a federal appeals court giving the green light [JURIST report] earlier this month, the US is looking to quickly restart military tribunals for declared "enemy combatants" being held at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive]. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that the trials will resume "as soon as possible", [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection began today for the competency trial of Daryl Atkins, the plaintiff in the 2002 Supreme Court case Atkins v. Virginia [PDF Duke Law backgrounder; advocacy website] that abolished the death penalty for the severely mentally retarded by a 6-3 decision [text]. Atkins has been convicted of murder [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized on Monday for the shooting last Friday of a Brazilian man [JURIST report] mistaken for a terrorist [JURIST report], while relatives of the man are considering legal action [Financial Times report]. Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes [Wikipedia profile] was killed by police that [read more]

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[JURIST] Indiana National Guard [official website] soldier Corporal Dustin Berg has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi police officer. He is accused of killing Hussein Kamel Hadi Dawood Al-Dubeidi near Baghdad in December 2003 and then shooting himself. Berg, who received a Purple Heart [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Raed Jouhi, head of the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive; official website], told a Saudi newspaper on Monday that the indictment against Saddam Hussein would be finished within two days, and that the trial would begin in about a month. He also said many of Saddam's former aides, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Arabs ended their boycott of the Iraqi constitution committee [JURIST news archive] on Monday, rejoining the process after walking out last Wednesday [JURIST report] to protest the July 19 assassinations [JURIST report] of two Sunni committee members and a committee advisor in Baghdad. Their protest included demands for [read more]

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[JURIST] With the US, Russia, and China announcing opposition to their plan [JURIST report], Japan and Germany have now approached smaller nations and possibly opened their pocketbooks in an attempt to win support for the so-called "G-4 Plan" for expansion [JURIST report] of the UN Security Council, according to envoys [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Saudi court on Monday upheld the six to nine year prison sentences for three campaigners who advocated democratic reforms in Saudi Arabia. Ali Ghothami, a lawyer representing Matruk al-Faleh, Abdullah al-Hamed and Ali Dumaini, said he was told by a Riyadh judge that the court had denied all [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition lawmakers in the Philippines filed an impeachment complaint Monday against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website], accusing her of election fraud and other allegations. The impeachment does not come as a surprise [JURIST report] after 50 opposition lawmakers last week expressed support for an impeachment [JURIST report]. The [read more]

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