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16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Recent US-led inspections of Iraqi-run prisons in Baghdad and Tal Afar have revealed signs of prisoner abuse [press briefing transcript] and overcrowding, a US military official said Friday. Maj. Gen. William Webster, who commands security forces in Baghdad, confirmed there is a problem of overcrowding, but denied the existence [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko [JURIST news archive] on Friday spoke out against pending constitutional changes [JURIST report] that will lead, in his opinion, to an "unbalanced and ineffective government", and suggested a national referendum to decide the matter. The changes to the country's constitution [text], scheduled to take effect [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The British Parliament announced Friday that the Intelligence and Security Committee [official website] will launch an official investigation into allegations that 28 Pakistani terror suspects held in Greece following the July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive] were abused by 15 Greek agents and one British MI6 officer. The [read more]

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[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston [official website] has made an offer to settle nearly 200 pending clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] lawsuits, lawyers representing plaintiffs in the litigation said Friday. The settlement offer would require that all pending lawsuits be divided into three tiers. Tier one and [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the dismissal [ruling text, PDF] of a suit alleging religious discrimination against General Motors (GM) [corporate website]. Writing for the court, Judge Ann Claire Williams supported the decision to dismiss the lawsuit because the corporation's [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Santiago Court of Appeals voted 21-3 Friday to strip Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] of political immunity in respect of a fraud charge against the 90-year-old former dictator, who was fingerprinted and photographed by Chilean police [JURIST report] on Wednesday in connection with a human rights [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Defying a gag order by the UK Foreign Office [official website], former British ambassador [BBC report] to Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Craig S. Murray has posted two documents to his weblog suggesting that despite government denials, the British government knowingly received intelligence information obtained by torture. The first document [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kentucky lawmakers are bracing for renewed debate over public displays of the Ten Commendments after a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] upheld a display of the Ten Commandments [ruling text, PDF] in a Mercer County, KY courthouse in a ruling [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Adoption and Children Act [text], a new UK law effective Friday, has for the first time granted unmarried and same-sex couples in England and Wales the right to adopt children. The new legislation is designed to encourage adoption and find homes for the 1,000-2,000 children who fail to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Department of Justice has begun an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] program first disclosed [JURIST report] in a New York Times article earlier this month.10:53 AM ET - Justice Department officials revealed [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Senior officers in the British Army [official website] have been briefed on protecting the reputation of the armed services in the midst of close judicial scrutiny of soldiers' conduct in Iraq, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper Friday. The British military has come in for sharp public [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian-based International Mission for Iraqi Elections [official website; press release] established in 2004 to advise and consult on the Iraqi electoral process agreed Thursday to review the results of Iraq's December 15 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] in the wake of large-scale protests in Iraq over against alleged [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Switzerland's Supreme Court [official website, in German] Thursday overturned a lower court ruling [JURIST report] and decided to extradite former Russian nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive] to Russia, rather than to the US, where he has been indicted for diverting $9 million [JURIST report] in [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has refused a request made six months ago by former Enron [JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [BBC profile] to dismiss the ten insider trading charges filed against him. Skilling is alleged to have sold $26 million in stock while in possession of non-public information about [read more]

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