Legal news from Saturday, October 15, 2005
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] has posted disparaging material about Texas DA Ronnie Earle [official website] and his case against DeLay on his congressional campaign website. The website, funded by DeLay’s re-election committee and not associated officially with the House, currently accuses Earle of [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A draft of new Australian terror laws [PDF] leaked to the Web by Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Jon Stanhope [official website] includes severe provisions, including a jail sentence of up to 7 years for promoting “ill will” or “hostility” among different social and political groups. Stanhope posted the [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] An official of Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission [official website] said late Saturday that turnout in the country's referendum on the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] was "no less than 61%", and that more than 66% of voters cast ballots in 7 of Iraq's 18 provinces, including three Sunni-dominated [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former president of Ecuador Lucio Gutierrez [Wikipedia profile] was arrested Friday evening upon his return to the Pacific coast city of Manta. Gutierrez, 48, was arrested on an order that he posed a threat to national security; he was taken to a prison in the capital, Quito. Gutierrez calmly [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A top UN expert has accused coalition forces in Iraq of purposefully denying food and water to civilians as a means of driving out insurgent strongholds. Jean Ziegler [official profile], UN special rapporteur on food rights, told reporters Friday that US and British soldiers have turned away aid convoys [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas [official profile, PDF] issued a temporary stay late Friday blocking a lower federal court order allowing prison officials in Missouri to transport a pregnant inmate to a medical facility for an abortion. A Missouri law [text] prohibits the use of public funds "for [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] White House Deputy Chief of Staff and top advisor Karl Rove [Washington Post backgrounder] testified for a fourth and final time Friday before a grand jury investigating the leak of the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame [Wikipedia profile] to the media in 2003. Rove emerged from the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Polls closed in Iraq at 5PM local time (10 AM ET) Saturday after a day of voting in the country's constitutional referendum [IECI factsheet, PDF] marked by relatively little violence and a higher Sunni turnout than was seen in January's parliamentary elections. Insurgents attacked several of the more than [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The White House announced Friday that it will bring in former Texas Supreme Court [official website] justices to highlight the qualifications of Texas native and US Supreme Court associate justice nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive; Washington Post profile]. President Bush will host an event Monday with former Texas [read more]

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