Legal news from Friday, December 9, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark [JURIST news archive], currently a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], Friday accused witnesses of false testimony, claiming they had read their testimonies from pre-written statements. Only two of the nine witnesses [JURIST news archive] that have testified thus far have [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] said Friday that it is in “intense dialogue” with US authorities to visit all detainees held by the US in the war on terror. The US State Department [official website] confirmed [JURIST report] Thursday that the ICRC does not [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) [official website] announced Friday that a soldier arrested in May 2004 [JURIST report] in connection with fake photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse published in the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper will not face charges. The crown prosecution service felt that there was insufficient evidence and [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Friday decided [decision text; press release] that they will not issue subpoenas for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder [BBC profile] ordering them to testify as witnesses in the [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [advocacy profile; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that they have filed a second appeal [JURIST report] to overturn Khodorkovsky's conviction on tax evasion and fraud charges [JURIST report]. Khodorkovsky, former head of oil company Yukos, and his business partner Platon Lebedev were [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Eyewitness reports are showing that Rigoberto Alpizar [Wikipedia profile], who was shot and killed onboard a plane [MSNBC report] at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, never claimed to have a bomb [TIME report]. Federal officials say they opened fire after Alpizar disobeyed their warnings to stop, reached into his [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] In order to comply with Thursday's judgment [PDF text; JURIST report] from the UK Law Lords banning the use of evidence obtained through torture, judges on Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Court (SIAC) will hold hearings early next year to determine whether evidence used in as many as 30 terrorism [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodia and the United Nations moved closer to beginning genocide trials for Khmer Rouge leaders with an announcement Friday that the UN-backed tribunal will begin setting up offices next month. A list of Cambodian and international candidates to serve as judges and prosecutors will be unveiled later in December. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Khaled el-Masri [ACLU profile], a German man at the heart of an ACLU lawsuit against the CIA alleging wrongful imprisonment [JURIST report], may have been targeted as a result of information Germany shared with the US, according to a German security official [Berliner Zeitung report, in German]. In the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] announced six arrests [press release] on Thursday in connection with a series of ecoterrorism attacks in the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2001. Four arsons and the destruction of a transmission tower owned by the Bonneville Power Administration [official website], a government [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Reversing a ruling [JURIST report] made by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health [official website], Governor Mitt Romney [official website] said Thursday that even private hospitals must provide emergency contraception pills to rape victims. The DPH had said that church-run and other private hospitals could opt out of a [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Republicans in Congress will look to give final approval to an extension of the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] powers next week, but criticism from both parties may lead to a filibuster or even defeat of the measure in the Senate. House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise [JURIST [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has said that Poland housed the main CIA secret detention facility [JURIST report] in Europe, with approximately 100 detainees. The accusations, published in the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza [media website in Polish], are based on information gathered from CIA sources and other documents [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley [official profile] said Thursday that the city has fired 60 police officers and suspended 25 more for failing to show up for duty during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Riley, who was sworn into office on Nov. 28, stated that cleaning the police [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A New York appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed a same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in New York City. Earlier this year, New York City Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan had ruled [PDF opinion; JURIST report] in favor of five gay couples complaining [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that he has started a formal inquiry into the Justice Department's handling of the Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] case. Padilla, a US citizen, had been held without charge for over three years as [read more]

04:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Opposition activists and human rights groups have condemned the restrictive amendments [JURIST report] to Belarus' Criminal Code that were passed unanimously [official press release in Russian] by the country's upper house of parliament. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website] also expressed concern [press release]. [read more]

01:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The trial of the five main suspects in the failed July 21 London bombings [JURIST news archive] will begin in September 2006. The five Londoners, Hussein Osman, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, and Ramzi Mohamed, are being detained in Belmarsh Prison [HM Prison profile] in [read more]

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