Legal news from Sunday, September 4, 2005
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court announced Sunday evening that the body of late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who died Saturday [JURIST report], will lie in repose in the Great Hall [photo] of the court on Tuesday, September 6, from 10:30 AM ET to 10 PM ET, and then again Wednesday, [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington Post reported Sunday that Bush administration officials sent a draft legal memorandum to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco just before midnight Friday asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, according to a source within the state's emergency operations center. Administration officials had [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi government spokesman Laith Kubba Sunday confirmed earlier reports [JURIST report] that Saddam Hussein [Wikipedia profile] and several associates would face trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] October 19 for the execution of 143 Shiite residents of the town of Dujail [JURIST report]. Also slated to stand [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Sunday paid personal tribute to Chief Justice William Rehnquist [JURIST news archive], who died Saturday evening at the age of 80 [JURIST report]. Speaking in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, he said of the late jurist: He was extremely well respected for his powerful intellect. [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court ruled Saturday that private monitoring groups can observe next Wednesday's presidential poll, the country's first multi-candidate election [JURIST report]. The court held that the state election committee, which had opposed outside monitors [JURIST report], does not have the authority to decide the issue. Egyptian President Honsi [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi lawmakers said Saturday that new discussions on the text of the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] are underway, following calls for national unity after a Baghdad stampede of Shiite religious celebrants incited by the rumor of a suicide bomber that killed nearly 1,000 [Reuters report] earlier this week. [read more]

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