Legal news from Tuesday, September 20, 2005
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department [official website] Tuesday directed that suspended military commission proceedings against Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website] be resumed following a July US appeals court ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [PDF] that military commission trials did not have to be predicated by a [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Authors Guild [advocacy website], an advocacy organization for published writers, together with a former Poet Laureate, a Lincoln biographer and a children's book author, Tuesday sued search engine and advertising giant Google [press release; complaint, PDF] alleging "massive copyright infringement at the expense of the rights of individual [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Saudi National Organization for Human Rights, the only human rights watchdog in Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive], said Tuesday it has been banned from visiting Saudi prisoners in the US terror detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed, head of the group, said [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, Judge Richard Webber [official website] of the US District Court of Eastern Missouri has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] has failed to review its health standard for lead pollution in the air, and has ordered the agency to do [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The military judge in the court-martial of Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] for her role in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on Tuesday barred the release of photos in her upcoming trial [JURIST report], many of which were published when the [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [official website] announced today that his state will recognize the civil unions and domestic partnerships of other states, although not same-sex marriages. In a legal opinion [text], Blumenthal stated, "Civil unions performed in other states are entitled to full faith [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [official website] said Tuesday that he would vote against the nomination of Judge John Roberts [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] for Chief Justice of the United States because he had too many questions remaining about him. Reid's announcement while speaking on the Senate [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US government has argued in a court filing that Pope Benedict XVI [official profile] has immunity as the head of the Vatican state [official website] and that a lawsuit against him should be dismissed. The lawsuit pending in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] has warned the UN against abusing a new international right to intervene to protect those threatened by genocide or war crimes agreed to last week [JURIST report] at a UN summit. Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing [official profile] in a speech [PDF text] before the [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Labor [official website] has implemented an exemption to requirements that government contractors have a written affirmative action plan if the contractors are working with the government for the first time on reconstruction projects following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Although its unclear whether the temporary [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani [Wikipedia profile] said Tuesday that Iran would consider quitting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [PDF text; IAEA backgrounder] if the US or EU takes Iran before the UN Security Council over "breaches" of international atomic safeguards. The Board of Governors of the International Atomic [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Several rights groups and two African-American registered Georgia voters have filed a lawsuit [PDF complaint; ACLU press release] challenging a Georgia law [PDF text; ACLU fact sheet, DOC] that requires voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls. The plaintiffs - including Common Cause/Georgia, the League of Women [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Six fellow inmates of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] are planning on running against him for a seat in Russia's State Duma. Candidates began registering with the elections commission Monday as the race officially began, though neither Khodorkovsky nor any other inmates have yet filed [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that former Hollinger International President and COO and former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler has pleaded guilty to his role in diverting $32 million from Hollinger.11:34 AM ET - Radler was indicted last month on federal mail and wire fraud charges [PDF indictment] and Tuesday's plea [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Discussions are ongoing between at least five online music file-sharing companies and recording industry executives in an attempt to convert the networks, which allow users to freely swap music over the internet, to paid services. Several companies have initiated settlement discussions following the US Supreme Court's decision in June [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Tuesday rejected a request to drop a pollution case against US gold mining company Newmont Mining [US corporate website; Indonesian website] and the company's local subsidiary president director Richard Ness. Ness, from Ada, MN, will stand trial on October 7 and faces up to 10 years [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Carla del Ponte, the United Nations' chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive], said Monday that the Roman Catholic Church [official website] and Vatican officials are concealing the location of the third most wanted war criminal from the Yugoslav conflict, [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that his defense team still has not been informed by Iraqi authorities of the trial date and charges pressed against the ousted Iraqi leader and reiterated doubts about the impartiality of the proceeding. Khalil Dulaimi said in a statement [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for 11 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] says that 90 percent of the 505 prison camp detainees are participating in a hunger strike [JURIST report] in "varying degrees," while US military officials have said that only 91 detainees are participating. The military defines a [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [Wikipedia profile], an American student who was detained in Saudi Arabia, claims to be the mastermind behind the plot to kill President Bush [JURIST report], according to court papers released Monday. The US Department of Justice, who charged Abu Ali for his role in the [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] David Safavian [profile], a former Bush administration official who served as the chief of staff of the General Services Administration (GSA) [agency website] and until Friday served as the administration's top procurement official [White House press release, PDF] in the Office of Management and Budget [official website], was charged [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Simon Wiesenthal, an Austrian Holocaust survivor who helped to track down over 1,000 Nazi war criminals after World War II, including Adolf Eichmann and the policeman who arrested Anne Frank, died in his sleep at age 96 Tuesday. Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Los-Angeles based [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo has made a second bid to arrest former Mexican president Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile] in connection with killings of student protesters, according to a statement made Monday by Echeverria's lawyer. Dozens of students and other civilians were killed on October 2, 1968 when police and [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] British forces freed two British soldiers from an Iraqi jail Monday, though British and Iraqi officials are offering different accounts of what happened. The two freed British soldiers, thought to be undercover commandos, were arrested by the Iraqis earlier Monday [BBC report] for shooting two Iraqi policeman, one of [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 15 Uzbek men [JURIST report], accused of organizing the May 2005 Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder] which led to government troops killing as many as 500 protestors [JURIST report] began Tuesday, but human rights groups are questioning the credibility of the proceedings. The 15 men sat in [read more]

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