Legal news from Wednesday, November 23, 2005
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Army prosecutors Wednesday dropped charges [JURIST report] against a US soldier accused of abusing a mentally retarded detainee in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. Spec. Nathan A. Jones was accused of kneeing or kicking the detainee in the thigh at the Bagram detention center in 2002 and then lying about [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A law requiring women seeking an abortion in Indiana to undergo counseling about medical risks and abortion-alternatives and wait at least 18 hours after the session before obtaining an abortion has been upheld against facial challenges by the Indiana Supreme Court [official website]. The court ruled Wednesday that because [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] An unassuming law office outside of Memphis, Tennessee has been implicated in a Spanish investigation [JURIST report] into whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] has secretly flown terror suspects to other countries for intense questioning and perhaps torture. The law office of Douglas R. Beaty is [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] English Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has told British newspapers that ran a story on a leaked UK government document purportedly describing conversations in April 2004 between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bush over the Iraq war that they could be subject to prosecution under Section 5 [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Rigas, the former executive vice president of Adelphia Communications Corp. [corporate website] and son of founder John Rigas pleaded guilty in Manhattan Wednesday to falsifying a financial record. His plea negates the need for retrial on other charges [JURIST report] of securities and bank fraud. Rigas entered into [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, the Nepal Supreme Court [government website] issued a ruling Wednesday suspending the new Code of Conduct law that governs the behavior of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Nepal. Justice Parmananda Jha issued the stay in light of a petition filed Monday by nine Nepalese NGOs. The [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's federal government announced Wednesday that it is offering more than $2 billion in compensation to more than 80,000 surviving former First Nations students who may have suffered abuse in native residential schools where they were displaced from their tribes and families and educated by religious orders for assimilation [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Duma [official website], the lower house of parliament, has approved a bill that would greatly increase state control over non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by requiring them to register with a state commission. The law, passed Wednesday by 370 deputies, demands that all informal and foreign groups must register [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly [official website], the lower house of the French parliament, began debate Wednesday on a new anti-terror law [draft text, in French] said to have been partly prompted by the July 7 London bombings and the apparent spread of Islamist terrorism to Western Europe. The new law, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Justice Minister Roberto Castelli [official profile] has cast doubt on the motivations behind a Milan prosecutor's request for the extradition of 22 CIA agents accused of participating in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003 [JURIST report]. Castelli suggested Tuesday that prosecutor Armando Spataro was a leftist [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive] has been indicted on tax evasion and corruption charges, and has been put under house arrest pending trial.9:59 AM ET - The charges stem from an investigation into secret offshore back accounts under false names set [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday that Roma minorities, also known as Gypsies, are the ethnic group most susceptible to racism in the European Union [JURIST news archive]. As the EU expands into Central Europe, the Roma population in new member states [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri, alleging that contrary to federal law it had failed to take steps to remove the names of deceased and otherwise ineligible voters from its electoral rolls. The DOJ suit claims the biggest problem is in [read more]

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