Legal news from Saturday, November 19, 2005
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] A small minority of southern Republicans have announced their intention to challenge the renewal of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act [text; DOJ introduction], currently being evaluated by Congress for a 25-year renewal on the grounds that it is unfair to southern states and no longer necessary. Though [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lobbyist Michael Scanlon [Wikipedia profile] is scheduled for a federal court appearance Monday on a single count alleged in a criminal information released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Friday. The information alleges that Scanlon provided "things of value" to a member of Congress, later identified [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Brian Dorgan (D-ND) [official website] released a letter [press release] Friday confirming that allegations raised by an ex-Defense Department contractor regarding no-bid contracts awarded to a Halliburton [corporate website; JURIST news archive] subsidiary for work in Iraq have been turned over to the US Department of Justice [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official profile] Friday voiced objections to a legislative deal [JURIST report] that extend the USA Patriot Act [bill summary], siding with a bipartisan group of senators threatening to filibuster the bill unless it is rewritten to provide increased privacy protections. The White [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] announced Friday that it will return to its New Orleans headquarters in January. Following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] in September, the appeals court temporarily moved [JURIST report] to Houston, Texas and has operated from the Bob [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] US DOJ Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] indicated in court documents Friday that his investigation into the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive] will return to a grand jury. Three weeks ago, a previous grand jury indicted former Vice President Dick Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] indicated Friday that all 125 workers arrested at a Wal-Mart distribution center construction site [JURIST report] in Pennsylvania Thursday will be deported. Some of the workers, mostly from Mexico and Central America, used false documents to get jobs [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon released a report Friday indicating that over 80,000 people have been detained in numerous facilities world-wide since the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. The report comes amid increased criticism by human rights groups and European organizations of the US government's treatment of detainees, and on the [read more]

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