Legal news from Friday, November 18, 2005
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal court jury Friday found against a former Salvadoran Army colonel [CJA press release], holding him responsible for murder and torture carried out during the El Salvador civil war [PBS backgrounder] in the 1980s. The jury heard a lawsuit [CJA legal documents] filed by five Salvadoran citizens [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted Friday to repeal a trade program passed in 2000 which the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] has determined to be a violation of global trade laws [JURIST report]. The Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act [text], otherwise known as the Byrd Amendment, [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] has called US Vice President Dick Cheney [official website] a "vice president for torture," saying that the Bush administration condones and even approves torture policies. Admiral Stansfield Turner, a Carter administration appointee who led the CIA from 1977 [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] officials Thursday denied reports that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was attacked and punched several times [BBC report] by two court clerks after he insulted two Shiite saints during an interrogation session. Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi said "no one in the court attacked Saddam [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] has downplayed the conclusions of a 51-page memo [DOJ document] indicating that a Georgia voter identification law [PDF text] will harm black voters, saying the information was based on old data and followed a faulty analysis. Earlier this year, the Georgia state [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A district court in Kiev Friday reinstated [Itar-Tass report] Svyatoslav Piskun as Ukraine's prosecutor general after Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [BBC profile] dismissed him last month. Piskun accused the president of terminating him because he began an investigation into the expenditures of Yushchenko's wife [JURIST report]. Piskun said Friday [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Government lawyers have defended US treatment of a suicidal Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee in court papers filed this week, claiming that he is receiving appropriate mental health care and otherwise being treated humanely. Jumah Dossari [Amnesty International case sheet] has made nine suicide attempts since March 2003, [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have charged an official of St. Tammany Parish [official website] with accepting kickbacks to arrange a debris-removal contract as part of the Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] cleanup. St. Tammany Parish Council [official website] member Joseph Impastato is accused of taking $85,000 from a local businessman who [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, UN officials are now admitting that membership of the Security Council is unlikely to change anytime soon, despite months of negotiation and calls for changes [JURIST report] to the body's composition. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan supports expansion [JURIST report], and the US supports it [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former French UN ambassador Jean-Bernard Merimee has admitted to a French judge that he accepted $156,000 [JURIST report] in connection with the now-defunct UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. Merimee received the money by way of oil allocations from Saddam Hussein's government that could be sold for [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], the president of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party, appeared in a military court in Uganda [JURIST news archive] on Friday along with 18 others on charges of treason [JURIST report]. Besigye is the top challenger to President Yoweri Museveni in the 2006 election. [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Louise Arbour Friday called for an international investigation [UNHCHR press release] into present conditions in Iraqi jails after 173 malnourished, beaten and possibly tortured detainees [JURIST report] were found in a secret Iraqi Interior Ministry [Global Security backgrounder] prison facility earlier [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Bosnian Serb court Thursday handed down its first war crimes ruling since the end of the Bosnian war in 1995 by sentencing three former Serb police officers to up to 20 years in prison for the deaths of six Muslim citizens. The three officers were originally accused of [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Federal immigration officials Thursday raided a Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] distribution center construction site in Pennsylvania and arrested over 120 workers for immigration violations. Agents from the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] worked with the US Department of Labor [official website], the [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] human rights representatives Friday rejected an offer to visit the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] after US officials formally refused their demand for unconditional access to the detainees [JURIST report] earlier this week. The envoys from the UN Commission on Human [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Legislation to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive], many provisions of which are due to expire at the end of the year if not renewed, stalled Thursday as members of the bill's negotiating committee worked to appease some senators who are concerned about the removal [read more]

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