Legal news from Thursday, July 28, 2005
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association (ABA) [official website] is revisiting the recommendation it gave for US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] when he was nominated for the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] in 2001 to determine if it will suffice as a [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK-based Muslim Safety Forum (MSF) [MSF Community Update] said Thursday that Muslim groups are reporting that attacks on religious minorities and Asians have grown over 500 percent since the London bombings on July 7 and July 21 [JURIST reports]. Over 230 religious crimes have been reported to London [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The leader of the Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps [association website; JURIST report], the volunteer illegal immigration patrol, resigned Thursday after accusing members in the city of Goliad of being racist. Bill Parmley had been organizing a plan to uncover illegals in Houston and other Texas areas this October, [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The committee drafting the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] has until Monday to request an extension if necessary and members will meet that day to decide the issue, according to a committee spokesman. The final constitution is actually not due until August 15, but the deadline of August 1 [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, the US Senate Banking Committee [official website] has approved Rep. Christopher Cox [Wikipedia profile]'s nomination to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website]. The nomination will now go before the full Senate for final approval. The approval followed days of [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey has ordered [press release] the state's Attorney General to file suit against Delaware in the US Supreme Court over British Petroleum's [BP press release] plans to build a liquefied natural gas plant on New Jersey's side of the [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Republican lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday agreed to delay the Streamlined Procedures Act of 2005 [text], a bill limiting the rights of death row inmates to extend appeals in federal courts, because of strong Democratic opposition. The bill would limit the ability of prisoners on death row to [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US judge Sterling Johnson [official website] on Thursday sentenced Yemeni cleric Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, convicted in March of conspiring to support foreign terrorist groups [JURIST report], to 75 years in prison and fined him $1.25 million. Al-Moayad and his assistant, Mohammed Zayed, also from Yemen, were arrested [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a massive energy plan that provides huge tax breaks and subsidies to energy companies, but is predicted to only modestly reduce gas prices and US reliance on oil. The 1,725-page bill [text], finalized after weeks of compromise between the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandans voted Thursday to decide whether to allow a multiparty system, after a ban of nearly 20 years by President Yoweri Museveni [Wikipedia profile] who claimed political parties promoted tribal divisions and were responsible causing civil war. The referendum was the initial step in reforming the country's constitution [text], [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lal Krishna Advani [Wikipedia profile], former deputy Prime Minister of India, was charged along with seven Hindu leaders on Thursday with inciting a mob to destroy a mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. The destruction sparked riots that killed at least 2,000 people. Opponents called the charges "politically motivated" [Press [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australia has abandoned mandatory detention for some illegal immigrants, one of the most criticized provisions of its immigration law, releasing dozens of children on Thursday. Australia's courts also paved the way for over 1,000 asylum-seekers to avoid deportation. Prime Minister John Howard [official website] announced the changes last month [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia Thursday continued to characterize an international tribunal for the 1999 East Timor violence [Wikipedia backgrounder] as "unnecessary" despite a UN report [PDF full text] formally released Wednesday that called for international oversight [UN press release]. Rights groups have also called [JURIST report] for Indonesia to go along with [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Pakistan said Thursday that a key suspect wanted in connection with the abduction and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl [Wikipedia profile] has been arrested. Mohammad Hashim, known as Arif, was arrested earlier in the week in the central Punjab town of Gujranwala. He is alleged to [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] After debate earlier this week [JURIST report], Senate Republicans have moved up a bill to shield gun companies and dealers from liability lawsuits [text], placing it ahead of a defense bill [USA Today report] for a possible vote on Friday. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] said [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United States and five Asia-Pacific countries Thursday formally announced an agreement to fight global warming, but critics attacked the voluntary deal [Australian Greens press release] for its lack of emissions targets and claimed it undermined existing treaties. The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate - which includes [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [Wikipedia profile] confirmed that he would seek a fifth term in the upcoming September election, the first multi-candidate election in Egypt's recent history. Mubarak promised a transparent and fair election, which has been a contentious issue over the past year. The forgery trial of an [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Irish Republican Army [Wikipedia backgrounder] announced Thursday that it would end its "armed campaign" and instead make its fight for Northern Ireland a purely political one. The move was characterized by British Prime Minister Tony Blair [press release] and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern [Wikipedia profile] as "a momentous [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Despite UN opposition [JURIST report], Zimbabwe continued its controversial demolition program on Wednesday, bulldozing a squatter township as riot police kept residents and observers out of the ruins. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] says the UN report [PDF text] condemning "Operation Drive Out Trash" (sometimes translated as "Operation [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] went before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday to argue that Congress should provide the FBI with the power to issue its own subpoenas, without court approval, so that it can expedite information collection in terrorism investigations. Mueller gave a recent [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Military lawyers cautioned US forces against using extreme interrogation tactics in early 2003, according to documents released in response to a request by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website]. The memorandums warned that using such methods might result in mistreatment of American POWs and criminal prosecution, international and domestic, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Metropolitan Police in London arrested nine more people [press release] Thursday in connection with the botched July 21 London bombings [JURIST report]. The arrests follow three late Wednesday [JURIST report] and four earlier in the day [JURIST report], bringing the total number of people in custody to 20, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] In a transcript obtained by the Denver Post, a Utah National Guardsmen testifying at a preliminary hearing for three US soldiers accused of murder [JURIST report] said he witnessed "classified personnel", possibly CIA agents, strike Iraqi prisoners with a wooden handle and mock them by mentioning the death of [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking in Washington Wednesday, senior US Marine Lieutenant General John Sattler followed up urgings from US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST report] for timely completion of the draft of the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] by saying it would be "one more nail in the coffin" of [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) [text] early Thursday by a narrow two-vote margin, 217-215 [roll call] after a strong push by President Bush. Senate approval of CAFTA last month 54-45 [roll call] and Bush's insistence that the trade agreement with six [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] voted 54-15 on Wednesday to limit liability for lawsuits brought against the government by Palestinians claiming compensation for damages caused by the Israel Defense Forces. The so-called "Intifada Law" allows only two instances [JURIST report] where a suit may be brought: if an IDF [read more]

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