Legal news from Monday, December 12, 2005
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors have asked that the the trial of US Rep. Tom DeLay [official website, JURIST news archive] be postponed while they appeal the dismissal of felony conspiracy charges against him. Texas Judge Pat Priest threw out the conspiracy charge [JURIST report] last week but refused to dismiss two charges [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty [official profile] said Monday that outbreaks of racial violence that began in Sydney Sunday could undermine the country's strict new anti-terror law [JURIST report] by making it more difficult for police to build bridges with Muslim youth who might already feel targeted by [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghan government has adopted a plan to investigate war crimes and human rights violations committed from 1978 until the end of the Taliban rule. The Action Plan for Peace, Reconciliation and Justice in Afghanistan comes after months of pressure from international human rights groups [JURIST report]. Members of [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has refused to grant clemency to Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website; clemency petition, PDF], set to be executed just after midnight tonight. In denying clemency, Schwarzenegger wrote: Williams claims that he is particularly deserving of [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis Monday submitted a new report to the UN Security Council on the February bombing assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], including additional evidence of Syrian involvement in the murder. Mehlis will brief the Council Tuesday on the latest report of [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark [JURIST news archive], currently a member of the defense team representing deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has said that Hussein is being poorly treated in detention, kept in isolation and forced to go for days without a shower or change of clothes. He [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a federal judge has ruled that FEMA cannot end its hotel accommodation program for hurricane refugees until Feb. 7, one month later than the agency had planned. Lawyers for Katrina victims launched a lawsuit [JURIST report; PDF complaint] against FEMA in November for denial of [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A special high-security war crimes court sitting in Belgrade Monday convicted 14 former members of Serb militias for killing some 200 Croatian POWs and wounded at a pig farm near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder] in 1991 at the end of a three-month siege there. Sentences ranging from five to 20 [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday granted certiorari in four consolidated cases concerning a 2003 Texas electoral redistricting plan [official website] strongly supported by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay that effectively reduced the number of Democratic US Representatives from the state and increased the Republican majority in the House. [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the judge in the first federal Vioxx [JURIST news archive] case has declared a mistrial. The jury reported over the weekend that it was deadlocked, but US District Judge Eldon Fallon had urged them to resume their deliberations [JURIST report].10:28 AM ET - Judge Fallon [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Croatian general Ante Gotovina [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] pleaded not guilty Monday in his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague after he was transferred to its detention facility over the weekend following his arrest in Spain [JURIST report] on [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] An internal Israeli Foreign Ministry document disclosed Sunday claims that the European Union [official website] is breaching international laws against terrorism by permitting contact with the radical Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah in the course of monitoring the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas is running candidates. [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Australian police arrested 16 people [NSW Police statement] Sunday after a massive race riot in a Sydney suburb set 5000 people, mostly white men and youths, against individuals of apparent Middle Eastern descent. New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney described the outbreak as "the worst violence that I [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] on charges of treason and rape [JURIST report] is set to begin on December 19. Besigye has been denied bail as he faces separate charges of terrorism and illegal possession of firearms [JURIST report] before a military court. His [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry said late Sunday that 13 prisoners in an overcrowded facility run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry were abuse victims who required medical treatment. The detainees have been transferred to a hospital and are under guard. The Ministry also said that an investigating judge has [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday asked judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] to let him visit a Moscow clinic for medical examinations during the court's winter recess. Milosevic suffers from high blood pressure and a heart condition and earlier this [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official website] said Monday in a BBC radio interview [recorded audio] that the UK has found no evidence that the US transported terror detainees [JURIST report] via UK airports, despite a UK newspaper report [JURIST report; Guardian report] last week alleging that CIA-owned or [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a 6-0 vote, the California Supreme Court late Sunday refused to halt the execution of co-founder Crips gang [Wikipedia backgrounder] co-founder and convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website]. Williams was convicted of killing four people during two 1979 robberies and is due to be executed early on [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has called on the UN Security Council [official website] to sanction Sudanese President Omar El Bashir [Wikipedia profile] and other senior Sudanese government officials for complicity in crimes against humanity. In a new report on the situation in the Darfur [read more]

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