Legal news from Wednesday, August 3, 2005
23:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Christopher Cox [Wikipedia profile] was sworn in as the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website]. Cox, who became the 28th chairman of the SEC, took the oath of office from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. The SEC said in [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] said in a report [text; press release] Wednesday that two men currently held in a Yemeni prison seem to have been kept in clandestine US detention facilities in solitary confinement for almost two years. The group claims that details of interviews with Salah Nasser Salim [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's states brief, North Carolina lawmakers and law enforcement officers today urged the state's General Assembly to pass legislation [PDF text] unveiled seven months ago to combat gang member violence in the state. The bill would create additional felonies and stiffer penalties for gang members, and seek $20 [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] With new anti-terrorism measures being introduced across Europe [JURIST report] in the wake of the London bombings, Sweden's Justice Minister Thomas Bodstrom [official profile] has said he plans to introduce a bill that would strengthen the military's role in the event of an attack, and give authorities the preventative [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority [official website] says families and victims of the London bombings [JURIST news archive] will be eligible for the basic benefit of £11,000 ($19,543 USD)with a maximum payout total of £500,000 ($888,542 USD). Howard Webber of the CICA said the payouts should be considered [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq legislators accused Kuwait [JURIST news archive] of stealing Iraqi oil during a televised debate on Tuesday, the 15th anniversary of the Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. The debate [Gulf Daily News report], which did not have any Kuwaiti representatives, also touched on minor border disputes which arose between [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A third US military prosecutor asked for a transfer from the Guantanamo military tribunals in March 2004 after voicing complaints about their fairness, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC previously reported on emails in which two other military prosecutors called the tribunals "rigged" and "a fraud" [JURIST report]. [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] London police Wednesday charged 23-year-old Ismael Abdurahman with withholding information about the failed July 21 bombing attacks [JURIST report] on London's bus and subway systems. The charge alleges that Abdurahman "had information he knew or believed may be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The sponsors of a proposed amendment to the California constitution that would ban gay marriage [advocacy website] sued California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official website] on Tuesday, alleging that his summary of the measure [initiative text] prepared by the state for signature-gathering petitions is biased. Lockyer changed the name [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A military group in Mauritania [CIA factbook profile] overthrew the president on Wednesday, with a junta taking temporary control of the West African nation. Mauritanian President Maaoya Sid'Ahmed Taya [Wikipedia profile], who has allied with the US in the war on terror and severely cracked down on extremists [AP [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudan People's Liberation Movement [party website] (SPLM), the political movement of former rebel leader turned vice president John Garang [Wikipedia profile], called Wednesday for an international investigation into the helicopter crash that caused his death and ignited deadly clashes in Sudan. According to the newspaper Sudan Vision [news [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Benyam Mohammed [also Binyam Ahmad Muhammad], a 27-year-old Ethiopian man held at Guantanamo, claims he was tortured in Pakistan, Morocco, and Afghanistan before arriving in Cuba. While there is no independent verification for Mohammed's claims, it is not the first allegation of US-facilitated abuse in foreign countries [JURIST report] [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials from Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province [official website] defended their controversial morals law [JURIST report] before the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the government argued that the law was unconsitutionally vague and would be abused [JURIST report], with some observers comparing it [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] in San Francisco has overturned a lower court ruling and struck down a Hawaiian school's policy of only admitting native Hawaiians as students, even though the school receives no federal money. The court found [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] is under pressure to deny a US request to extradite Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery [Emery Seeds website] in a case that is likely to spark debate over the countries' diverging drug policies. Emery is a founder of the BC Marijuana Party [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A New York City councilman and state assemblyman have announced support for racial profiling in terrorism searches to protect the New York transit system from attacks like the recent London bombings. Assemblyman Dov Hikind [official website], a Democrat from Brooklyn, said "They all look a certain way. It's all [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US has strongly criticized a new UN draft of proposed UN reforms, complaining that the document is too long, poorly put together, and not responsive to American concerns. While the draft is far from being voted on, the US criticisms could predict areas of future dispute. US Deputy [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Media giant Time Warner Inc. [corporate website] announced Wednesday it is setting aside $3 billion in reserves to settle a lawsuit filed by shareholders who claimed they lost money when the company's shares declined following a merger with AOL [corporate website]. The company also said it had authorized a [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Zambian authorities said on Wednesday that a suspect in the July 7 London bombings will be deported to Britain. Haroon Rashid Aswat [Wikipedia profile], a British man being held by Zambian police [JURIST report], is under investigation for 20 phone calls he allegedly made to some of the bombers [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] German Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily [official website, English version] has said in an interview with a German newspaper [text, in German] that the people of Germany must consider introducing new laws allowing potentially dangerous people to be detained, even in the absence of substantial evidence, as [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush made his second significant recess appointment this term Tuesday, installing Peter Flory as an assistant secretary of defense in a move marked by a one-sentence release [White House press release] and much less controversy than the appointment of John Bolton as US ambassador to the UN [JURIST [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi constitutional committee [official website] made no progress Tuesday in resolving some basic issues holding up the charter, raising further doubt that the constitution will be finished by the promosed August 15 deadline. On Sunday the committee asked for a 30-day extenstion of its own drafting deadline [JURIST [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The London Metropolitan Police [official website] said Tuesday that since the July 7 bombings [JURIST report], religious hate crimes have increased almost six times from a year ago during the same period. Reported incidents increased from 40 last year to 269 this year, largely consisting of abuse, minor assaults, [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A new report by Amnesty International [advocacy website] says Iraqi insurgents have "fail[ed] to abide by even the most basic standards of humanitarian law." In Cold Blood: Abuses by Armed Groups [full text] calls for insurgents to stop targeting civilians and comply with international legal standards, including prohibitions against [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The USDA Forest Service [official website] said Tuesday it hopes to salvage a Bush administration initiative to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest by correcting problems cited by federal judge Marsha Pechman. On Monday, Pechman struck down an administration proposal to use data provided by state officials in Washington, [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile] promised Tuesday to adhere to established rulings if given the opportunity to serve on the highest court. In his 84-page response [PDF part1; part2] to a Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] questionnaire, Roberts wrote that the role of judges is limited [read more]

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