Legal news from Tuesday, December 27, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Ivan Lemelle [profile] Tuesday urged federal and state officials to work together and quickly set a date for the postponed New Orleans [official website; December 23 official situation report] mayoral primary elections at a hearing of a lawsuit challenging the postponement of the primary. He said [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] On a brief visit to Iraq Tuesday US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter [official website] met with the chief judge overseeing the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], telling reporters gathered in the trial chamber before the meeting that he had been "disappointed [in] the way the court [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department said Tuesday that Iraqi prisons are only “nominally” under control of the elected government in Baghdad, acknowledging that they are in practice run by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry [Global Security backgrounder], which has not yet relinquished control of them. The central government, with help from [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [constituitive statute] substantively modified 179 Bush administration wiretap requests made after 2001, after declining to modify a single request in 20 of the 21 years between 1979 and 1999, according to an analysis of Justice Department statistics [FAS FISA materials] reported Tuesday [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish prosecutors launched an inquiry Tuesday into whether slander charges should be brought against a European Union lawmaker who made disparaging remarks about the Turkish army, an act criminalized by the revised Turkish penal code [JURIST report]. Dutch legislator Joost Lagendijk [official profile], a senior member of the European [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian security official said Tuesday that Serb police had intercepted a cell phone conversation involving Bosnian Serb general and indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the strongest lead police have thusfar developed in the search for the fugitive. Earlier reports of negotiations [JURIST [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has authorized three more lawyers to work with the four already representing him at his Baghdad trial [JURIST news archive] for the 1982 massacre at Dujail [NPR audio report] that left as many as 143 Shiite Muslims dead. The defense team additions are: Saleh [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Federation Council [official website], Russia's upper house of parliament, voted 152-1 Tuesday for a bill first approved by the lower house last month [JURIST report] that greatly increases state control over non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by implementing strict registration requirements, imposing financial oversight on their operations, and providing for [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in the Austrian city of Graz have removed all references to Arnold Schwarzenegger from the city's website in the wake of controversy [JURIST report] over the California Governor's decision earlier this month to deny clemency [JURIST report] to Crips gang co-founder and convicted murder Stanley "Tookie" Williams [advocacy [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Over 10,000 Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad Tuesday to protest alleged fraud in the December 15 parliamentary elections in Iraq [JURIST report]. Complaints of fraud surfaced almost immediately after the polls closed [JURIST report], with the majority of allegations coming from a group that lead Tuesday's demonstrations, [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti court Tuesday sentenced six Islamist militants to death for their involvement in a January 2005 clash with police that left several people dead. All the men were members of the Peninsula Lions Brigades, a fundamentalist group linked to al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] and on the country's [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court Tuesday sentenced former minister of land and natural resources Tian Fengshan [profile] to life in prison after finding him guilty of accepting over $500,000 in bribes during his time in office. The Beijing Number Two Intermediate People's Court found that Fengshan, charged late last month [JURIST [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The British government Tuesday filed an anticipated appeal [JURIST report] challenging a recent High Court decision [JURIST report; JURIST document] that Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] is entitled to British citizenship. Hick's lawyers want citizenship for Hicks, whose mother is British, in order to take advantage [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Polish government spokesperson Konrad Ciesiolkiewicz announced Tuesday that an official probe into the alleged existence of secret CIA prisons in the country has ended. Zbigniew Wassermann [official profile], the Polish minister in charge of the country's intelligence services, delivered his report to members of a parliamentary commission last week; [read more]

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