Legal news from Sunday, December 18, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] and seven other former officials on trial are expected to call 40 witnesses, a prosecutor in the case said Sunday. Included among the 40 are three former ministers in Saddam's government and others currently being held [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid [official website] on Sunday called for a congressional investigation into the Bush administration's use of domestic spying on terror suspects. Reid called for an investigation and hearings into the intelligence program overseen by the National Security Agency [official website]. Reid acknowledged being briefed about [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition parties in Kazakhstan on Sunday announced they have challenged the results of an election on Dec. 4 [BBC report] that saw President Nursultan Nazarbayev [BBC profile] win another term. According to the opposition group "For a free Kazakhstan," it filed an appeal with the country's supreme court to [read more]

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[JURIST] A Jordan military court on Sunday sentenced al Qaeda's chief in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile] and two others to death for a failed suicide bombing on the country's border with Iraq last year. Al-Zarqawi and one of the other suspects were sentenced in absentia, but the third, [read more]

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[JURIST] Citizens of Congo [JURIST news archive] went to the polls Sunday for the first time in more than 30 years to vote on a draft constitution that could secure lasting peace in the country. Many of the 24 million registered voters in the country lined up outside polling stations [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved by voice vote the Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Act of 2005 [bill summary], which will extend for two years the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 [PDF text], under which the federal government guarantees insurance coverage for catastrophic losses caused by [read more]

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[JURIST] Texas Judge Pat Priest [official website] said Saturday that he will not immediately consider the request of Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive] to separate criminal charges against him. Earlier this month, Priest threw out criminal conspiracy charges [JURIST report; JURIST document] against DeLay, leaving two [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US government attorneys have asked the US Supreme Court [official website] to deny certiorari in the Jose Padilla case [JURIST news archive], where the court would decide whether an enemy combatant can be held indefinitely without charge. Padilla, the so-called dirty bomber, was detained in 2002 and had challenged [read more]

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