Legal news from Monday, October 3, 2005
18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Georgia Supreme Court today upheld [PDF text] the state's implied consent law [text], allowing law enforcement to require chemical tests of suspected drunk drivers in certain circumstances. The court ruled that the tests can only be required if an individual has been involved in [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that embattled GOP Congressman Tom DeLay, indicted last week on criminal conspiracy charges [JURIST report] in connection with improper campaign contributions and forced to temporarily step down as House Majority Leader, has now been indicted for money laundering and criminal conspiracy by a second [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore [Foundation for Moral Law profile; JURIST news archive] has announced that he will run for governor of Alabama in 2006, seeking the Republican nomination against incumbent Governor Bob Riley [official website]. Moore gained national notoriety in 2004 when he was removed from the [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A declassified intergovernmental report obtained by the British newspaper The Independent says that Britain has one of the poorest human rights records in Europe, and that the UK is under investigation for non-compliance with European rights standards. The report, issued by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] has granted the request of the British government to challenge Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights [full text], widely interpreted as preventing countries from deporting terror suspects to nations with poor human rights records. The court will allow [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] In an effort to expand the nation's genetic database, US lawmakers are considering new legislation that would add DNA [bill summary] from thousands of suspected illegal immigrants, terror suspects and others who have been arrested, but not convicted, of federal crimes. The measure has already passed the US House [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York state appeals judge Angela Mazzarelli [official profile] Monday denied a bail request by two former Tyco International [JURIST news archive] executives, a decision that will keep the men in jail during their appeal process. Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Kark Schwartz were convicted of grand [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte said Monday that Croatia is now fully cooperating [press release] with war crimes investigations by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], a key turnaround expected to help restart stalled EU membership negotiations [BBC report]. Zagreb's failure to [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] Monday officially confirmed [press release] that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will go on trial on October 19 for the 1982 killings of 143 Shiite Muslims in the village of Dujail [JURIST report], confirming a date announced by the government [JURIST report] a [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Following President Bush's nomination [JURIST report] Monday morning of Harriet Miers [White House profile] to the US Supreme Court, Senators and various conservative and liberal interest groups are weighing in on the selection. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] has welcomed the nomination [press release], saying "With [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy website] warned Monday of the possibility for new political crackdowns by the royalist government of Nepal [JURIST news archive] against critics of King Gyanendra [BBC profile]. The ICJ, issuing a statement [text] at the end of a four-day visit to Nepal [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The number of criminal investigations conducted by the FBI has almost been cut in half since 2000, due to the fact that the bureau made fighting terrorism its top priority after September 11, according to a new audit by the US Department of Justice [official website]. According to Inspector [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Switzerland has decided to extradite Russia's former nuclear minister to the US to face conspiracy, money laundering, and tax evasion charges, an official from the Switzerland Justice Ministry [official website] said Monday. The Russian government has been fighting Yevgeny Adamov's extradition to the US because they are fearful that [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Yemeni Judge Mohammed Al Baadani on Monday acquitted four Iraqis who were accused of spying for the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and planning to bomb the American and British [embassy websites] embassies in Sanaa. The men were arrested in 2003 with bags of explosives in their [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Arabs and independent politicians Monday slammed efforts by Shiites and Kurds that will make it much more difficult to defeat the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] in the October 15 referendum [JURIST report]. In a parliamentary session Sunday the Shiite and Kurd majority in the National Assembly [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Arabs and independent politicians Monday slammed efforts by Shiites and Kurds that will make it much more difficult to defeat the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] in the October 15 referendum [JURIST report]. In a parliamentary session Sunday the Shiite and Kurd majority in the National Assembly [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] said Monday that insurgent groups are committing war crimes in Iraq by targeting civilians and other non-combatants. In a new report [text], HRW documents attacks against civilian targets and other insurgent attacks HRW says violate the laws of war: The laws [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lynndie England [JURIST news archive], who was sentenced last week [JURIST report] to 3 years in prison for her role in the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prisoner abuse scandal, said she knew of "worse things" happening at the Iraqi military prison. In an interview [excerpts] with MSNBC's Dateline [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a Kurd, called for the resignation of Shiite Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Sunday. Talabani blamed the Shiite-led United Iraqi Alliance [Wikipedia backgrounder] for the country's political deadlock, accusing the majority party of monopolizing power and [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The new term of the US Supreme Court [official website] begins Monday with new Chief Justice John Roberts [JURIST news archive] being sworn-in at the Court in a private investiture ceremony [US SC press release]. Roberts, who took the constitutional oath [JURIST report] during a White House ceremony last [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] Monday postponed a ceremony to mark the opening of membership talks with Turkey [JURIST news archive], without setting a new time. The postponement comes as member states reached a deadlock [Reuters report] over the terms for opening the talks on Turkey's proposed membership in [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush will nominate White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profile; Washington Post profile] to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. A formal announcement is expected at 8 AM ET. Miers was mooted as a dark-horse [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush will nominate White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profile; Washington Post profile] to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. A formal announcement is expected at 8 AM ET. Miers was mooted as a dark-horse [read more]

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