Legal news from Wednesday, December 21, 2005
21:12 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that after intensive negotiations [JURIST report] lasting several days US senators late Wednesday agreed to extend the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] for six months. The White House and the Senate Republican leadership had previously sought a reauthorization of the Act that would have made [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] Courts in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Wednesday convicted an additional 42 people and handed down prison sentences of 12-20 years in connection with the May 2005 Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder]. It was reported that the defendants were convicted on charges including participation in terrorist acts and deliberate, aggravated murder, [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] has denied the Bush administration's request to transfer Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] from military to civilian law enforcement custody. Padilla, a US citizen, was detained over three years ago for allegedly planning to [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights [advocacy website] and the League of Human Rights have filed a lawsuit in French court seeking more information about whether the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] operated prisoner rendition [JURIST news archive] flights that landed in France. The European rights groups are [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] An attorney for John Walker Lindh [CNN profile], the American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, said Tuesday that Lindh has again asked President Bush to commute his 20-year prison sentence [CNN report]. Lindh was sentenced in 2002 after reaching a plea agreement [PDF text] with [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate has rejected a proposal to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website] to oil drilling. The proposal [JURIST report] was included as part of the 2006 military spending bill [bill summary].12:55 PM ET - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid argued [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Congo's Information Minister Henri Mova-Sakanyi said Tuesday that the country is reassessing the damages it will request from Uganda following an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that Uganda violated the Congo's sovereignty during a 1998-2003 war [BBC backgrounder] and was responsible for human rights [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has claimed in trial proceedings Wednesday in Baghdad that he has been beaten "everywhere on my body" while in detention. Hussein's allegations came during an extended outburst during proceedings [JURIST report] Wednesday at the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] and [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A day after the first democratically elected parliament in 30 years in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] held its inaugural session [BBC report], proceedings in the national assembly nearly broke down Tuesday after a delegate called for all of the country's human rights abusers and "criminal warlords" be brought to [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website]. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) [official website] has added the measure to the 2006 military spending bill [bill summary], though Democrats have threatened to filibuster [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson [official profile], one of 11 members of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [constituitive statute], has resigned in protest over the National Security Agency's secret domestic surveillance program [JURIST report], according to a report Wednesday in the Washington Post. Robertson submitted his resignation letter [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed in Baghdad Wednesday, with the former ruler ending his boycott of court proceedings [JURIST report]. The Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) heard testimony from its ninth witness, Ali Mohammed Hussan al-Haydari, who was 14 during [read more]

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