Legal news from Friday, October 7, 2005
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] spokesman Sean McCormack [official profile] said Friday that the date for the start of the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will not be changed from October 19, despite reports from a British official earlier this week that the trial might be postponed [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court Friday sentenced the editor of Agos [media website, English version], a weekly bilingual Turkish and Armenian-language newspaper, to six months in prison for "insulting and weakening Turkish identity in the media" in several articles he published last year. Hrant Dink's sentence was suspended and he will [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday expressed confidence that US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [official profile] will be confirmed as a justice, despite Republican senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) [official website] saying she will have to get past the "Souter factor" with conservatives who question her commitment to a clear conservative judicial [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] and Hawaii Department of Health [official website] have settled [press release] a case against the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) [official website] for violations of the federal Clean Water Act [text] at highways and airports. The DOT [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Uganda's defense minister Friday released the names of five men wanted in connection for cruelties suffered at the hands of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [Global Security profile; BBC backgrounder] after receiving arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court [JURIST report]. Amama Mbabazi said the ICC [official website] [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush's former chief procurement officer entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Friday, in response to an indictment [JURIST report] on charges that he made false statements and obstructed investigations into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The charges against David Safavian are related to a governmental investigation [JURIST [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Adelphia Communications [corporate website] CEO John Rigas and his son, the company's former CFO, have been indicted for failing to pay $300 million in taxes, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday. The IRS has said that the pair neglected to pay tens of millions of [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia charged five members of a paramilitary group, the Scorpions, Friday for their roles in the Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 1995. They and several others were arrested [JURIST report] in June after a video [JURIST video] showing them executing six Bosnian Muslims was broadcast on [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian government is reviewing a decree granting automatic sentence remissions to prisoners, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said Friday. The announcement follows protests from Australia over news that cleric Abu Bakir Bashir [BBC profile], convicted for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings [CNN backgrounder], is up for another [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Spain began deporting illegal immigrants on Friday after a week of border rushes at Melilla, a tiny enclave on Spain's border with Morocco along the northern coast of Africa. Hundreds of illegal African immigrants have entered the country this past week, and earlier this week Spain announced plans to [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, the Kansas Supreme Court removed [order] Saline County District Judge George. R. Robertson from the bench today for viewing pornography from his office computer. The court stated that the conduct of a single judge may effect the public's perception of the judicial system and that [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Although the New Orleans Police Department may be fully operational again as early as next month, acting Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Thursday that National Guard troops may be needed in the city through March. Riley wants the Guard to patrol three large areas of the city still uninhabitable [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] is wrapping up preparations for the October 15 vote [IECI fact sheet, PDF; Q/A, PDF] on Iraq's draft constitution [JURIST news archive]. The IECI, with support from the UN, has hired over 100,000 poll workers and has distributed ballots, ballot boxes, [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Although he was expected to stay on until September 2006 [JURIST report], former Disney Chairman Michael Eisner [BBC profile] has cut all ties with Walt Disney Co. [corporate website; JURIST news archive] according to a document filed Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website]. Eisner stepped [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a motion on Thursday seeking to gain access to the New Orleans city jail in response to allegations of mistreatment [ACLU press release] during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The motion for a temporary restraining order [PDF text] to preserve evidence [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate has passed a bill [summary] that gives President Bush $50 billion for military spending, but also puts restrictions on the treatment of detainees. Earlier this week, the Senate approved an amendment [JURIST document; JURIST report] to the military spending bill that sets [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] has confirmed that detainees are on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] facility in Cuba. The humanitarian agency, which made a 10-day visit to the US base in late September, was allowed to visit the infirmary, [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two former British law lords have condemned recent UK anti-terror proposals [JURIST report] as "intolerable" and in violation of human rights laws. Referring to provisions in the proposed bill [PDF text] which would amend current UK anti-terrorism legislation [Home Office backgrounder], Lord Steyn and Lord Lloyd said that if [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] British lawyers representing Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; advocacy website] have threatened legal action to compel the UK Home Office [official website] to grant him citizenship. Hicks applied for British citizenship [JURIST report] on the grounds that he is of British ancestry. If he Hicks is recognized [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Atomic Energy Agency [official website; JURIST news archive] and Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei have been awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize [official website], the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced this morning. The Committee cited the IAEA and its sometimes-embattled chief "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being [read more]

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