Legal news from Monday, September 26, 2005
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Gun control advocates are set to start an intensive media campaign to alert travelers about a new Florida law that allows people to respond to threats by using guns at home or in public [JURIST report; SB 436 text]. The NRA-supported "force with force" or (to opponents) "shoot first" [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian judges Monday ordered opposition leader and recent presidential candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile] to appear in court again Tuesday to answer charges connected to the submission of forged signatures [JURIST report] when his party applied for official recognition last year. Nour's wife and spokesperson, Gameela Ismail, suggested that [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN human rights officials have accused the government of Togo [JURIST news archive] of using over-zealous force at the time of the heavily disputed April presidential elections [JURIST report], saying that government security and armed forces killed 400-500 people and wounded thousands more. A report [accompanying press release] released [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality [official website] has announced a proposed settlement with Colonna's Shipyard Inc. [corporate website] for polluting the Elizabeth River. Colonnas has agreed to pay a $40,000 fine for mistakenly flushing thousands of gallons of wastewater contaminated with tributyltin [EPA [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] Joseph Serugendo, the former Technical Chief of Rwanda's Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM) [Wikipedia backgrounder], nicknamed “Radio Machete” for inciting its listeners to commit murder, has been transferred to a United Nations detention facility in Tanzania [UN report; International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) press release] after [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, UN Special Representative on the Prevention of Genocide Juan Mendez [UN appointment profile] has slammed the domestic war crimes court [JURIST report] set up in Sudan [government website] earlier this year, saying it has failed to deal with "the major crimes committed during the conflict." [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, Connecticut has became the first state to challenge the new federal Energy Policy Act [JURIST report], allowing the developers of power projects to appeal directly to the federal government when state officials deny or delay permits. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [AG press release] filed a [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Oregon Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond heard oral arguments Monday in the latest case to challenge the constitutionality of Measure 36 [text], a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] approved by Oregon voters on November 2, 2004. Representing Basic Rights Oregon [advocacy website; case factsheet, PDF], Portland lawyer [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive] has been convicted on six of seven counts in court-martial proceedings for her role in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal [JURIST news archive].4:35 PM ET - After some two hours of deliberation the military jury of five officers [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Anti-war protestor and Gold Star Mother [Wikipedia backgrounder] Cindy Sheehan [Wikipedia profile] was arrested Monday while protesting outside the White House. Sheehan and dozens of other Iraq war protesters were taken into custody by police after they were warned three times that they were breaking the law by sitting [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Croatian journalist Marijan Krizic pleaded not guilty Monday before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to charges that he revealed the identity of a protected witness in the Tihomir Blaskic case [ICTY factsheet] earlier this year. Krizic and fellow journalist Josip Jovic were charged with contempt under [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile] was acquitted of false accounting charges by an Italian court Monday. Prosecutors had charged the leader and media empire mogul with numerous counts of false accounting, including false bookkeeping charges, in connection to his alleged involvement in a plot to illegally move [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked the US Supreme Court to reinstate a legislative ban on late-term "partial birth" abortions, appealing a July ruling by the US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis that upheld [JURIST report] a Nebraska federal district court ruling [JURIST report] finding the federal [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors wrapped up closing arguments Monday in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse [JURIST news archive] case involving Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] by describing her as a willing participant in the scandal while defense attorneys portrayed her as impressionable and easily influenced by a manipulative boyfriend. [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Crisis Group (ICG) [advocacy site] of conflict monitors Monday criticized Iraq's constitutional process for deepening the country's political fractures and expediting Iraq's violent break up. A new ICG report [PDF text; press release] noted that the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] to be put [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] In addition to the conviction and sentencing [JURIST report] of al Qaeda cell leader Immad Yarkas [BBC profile], the head of al Qaeda in Spain, the Spanish High Court Monday also sentenced [PDF verdict, 447 pages] 17 other men to jail terms varying from 6 to 11 years and [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ten foreign nationals arrested in Britain after the July 7 suicide bombings in London are appealing their potential deportation to their home countries to Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) [official website], saying that they have no connection to the London bombings [JURIST news archive]. Human rights groups are [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] rejected allegations Monday that Muslims were being targeted by new proposed anti-terrorism laws [JURIST report], saying that the laws were necessary to "protect the Australian community at a time of unprecedented and different threat." Zachariah Matthews, a moderate Islamic leader and head [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania federal court Monday was set to consider whether school districts may teach a concept known as "intelligent design" [Wikipedia backgrounder] prior to teaching biology lessons on evolution. Eight families in Dover, Pennsylvania, claim that teaching the theory in schools is a violation of the separation of church [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Monday afternoon will take up the confirmation of Chief Justice nominee Judge John Roberts [JURIST news archive], with two-thirds of the 100 senators having already announced their support. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to recommend Roberts [JURIST report] for nomination last week by a margin of [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's Fukuoka High Court [backgrounder] held Monday that a survivor of the 1945 Nagasaki atomic bombing [Wikipedia backgrounder] living abroad is entitled to the same medical benefits and funeral costs [benefits summary, PDF] as survivors living in Japan, without returning to Japan to file claims. Monday's ruling comes after [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website], arrested in Afghanistan following the September 11th attacks and facing imminent trial by military commission, is seeking dual citizenship in the UK with the hope that the British government will secure his release from Guantanamo Bay. Unlike Hicks' native [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mohamed ElBaradei [official profile] received unanimous approval Monday to continue as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] for his third four-year term, after the US ended its opposition to his tenure. ElBaradei's reappointment had been postponed [JURIST report] earlier this year in the face of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] In a goodwill gesture that was requested by the Iraqi government for Muslim holy month Ramadan [Wikipedia backgrounder], the US military Monday freed 500 detainees from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] and the military has said that an additional 500 detainees will be freed [press release] later [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Spanish court has convicted a suspected al Qaeda cell leader of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] in the US.8:11 AM ET - Immad Yarkas, the accused leader of al Qaeda's presence in Spain [BBC backgrounder], [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Reports of violent crime in the US in 2004 were at their lowest level since the US Department of Justice began compiling statistics 32 years ago, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Sunday. The Bureau of Justice Statistics study mirrors an FBI report earlier this year [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] In a briefing [White House transcript] Sunday to military task force officials participating in Hurricane Rita relief efforts, President Bush suggested that the Pentagon, rather than state and local agencies, should be in charge of the response to future substantial disasters. Bush called for "greater federal authority and a [read more]

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