Legal news from Saturday, November 5, 2005
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Three Bahrainis and a Saudi national were released Saturday from detention at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. None of the released detainees was ever charged with a crime under US law. According to a Bahraini lawmaker, the three Bahraini nationals were detained by Pakistani officials [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 250 people were arrested Friday night in France as rioting spread from the poor suburbs of Paris into the cities of Strasbourg and Rennes. The riots, which began late last week, originated in Parisian ghettos, where jobless rates for males under 25 years old are approaching 25%; [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Vice President Dick Cheney [official profile] urged Republican senators during a closed meeting earlier this week to exempt CIA agents from the Senate anti-torture McCain amendment [JURIST document] attached to the 2006 defense spending bill. The amendment, approved [JURIST report] 90-9 in the Senate last month, was unanimously reaffirmed [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush sent a memo to White House staff members Friday announcing mandatory "ethics" briefings next week. The week-long series of "refresher lectures" on general ethics rules and the protection of classified information appears to be in response to the recent indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The landmark Pennsylvania federal trial [JURIST report] debating the legality of a school district's decision to teach ninth-grade biology students the theory of anti-evolutionary intelligent design [Natural History backgrounder] drew to a close Friday. The plaintiffs, eight families in the Dover Area School District [official website], filed the lawsuit [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Oregon Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond Friday upheld [ruling, PDF] the constitutionality of Measure 36 [text], an Oregon constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Judge Guimond rejected arguments that the Measure, defining marriage as "between one man and one woman", violated the state constitution [text] because it made [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Jumah Dossari [Amnesty International case sheet], the Bahraini Guantanamo detainee identified as having made a suicide attempt [JURIST report] during an October 15 visit by attorney Joshua Colangelo-Bryan [profile], asked a federal judge Friday to order a relaxation of his solitary confinement, more communication with lawyers and [read more]

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