Legal news from Tuesday, January 3, 2006
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] An advisor to the Syrian Ministry of Information said Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] will refuse a request [JURIST report] for an interview made Monday by the UN commission [UN materials] investigating the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. A member of [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) [advocacy website] filed a complaint [PDF text; GLAD press release] Tuesday against Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly [official website], seeking to overturn Reilly's September decision [DOC text] to allow a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] to proceed. GLAD argues [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt plans to deport 654 Sudanese refugees who were recently removed from a protest refugee camp, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. The announcement follows reports that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] received assurances [Reuters report] from the Egyptian government that the refugees would be [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that, as anticipated [JURIST report], Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud charges. The US Department filed a criminal information [PDF text; press release] Tuesday morning in federal court in Washington, DC and a hearing in [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Swedish prosecutor Christer Van der Kwast will investigate several well-known Swedish companies, including the bus and truck manufacturer Volvo [corporate website] and tool manufacturer Atlas Copco [corporate website], for allegedly making payments to the Iraqi government in exchange for favorable oil-for-food bargains, according to a report Tuesday from Radio [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Wyoming Supreme Court [official website] has ruled in State v. McAuliffe [PDF opinion], where the court upheld by a 4-1 vote the constitutionality of probation orders allowing police to randomly search the subject of the order. The decision relied heavily on the Supreme Court's 2001 unanimous decision in [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Peru formally requested the extradition of former president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] from Chile Tuesday so that he can face 12 charges [JURIST report] including authorizing an illegal death squad, abuse of power and corruption. The extradition request follows a failed attempt [JURIST report] by Peruvian [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish state prosecutors charged nine journalists and human rights activists with promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) [advocacy website; FAS profile] Monday. According to the indictment, the defendants used a Reuters reporter's observation of a PKK handover of an abducted soldier to representatives of a human rights group to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] According to records released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation [official website], 44 convicts out of a total California prison population of 164,000 committed suicide during 2005, an increase from 26 in 2004 and 36 in 2003, the previous record. Attorneys have confirmed only 41 of the [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] has agreed to plead guilty to two of six fraud charges and to assist federal prosecutors with any ongoing investigations in exchange for a more favorable sentence, Abramoff's lawyers said Tuesday. Abramoff was indicted [JURIST report; DOJ press release] in August for [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader and presidential challenger Dr. Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], released on bail [JURIST report] by the Ugandan High Court Monday, has declared that President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] should face charges for treason committed during the 1998-2003 war [BBC backgrounder] between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] As expected [JURIST report], the French Government on Tuesday officially declared [statement, in French] an end to the state of emergency [JURIST document] implemented in November to quell riots [JURIST report] that tore through the country late last year. Few French towns actually utilized the increased police powers authorized [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Issam Ghazzawi, a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Tuesday that Hussein, on trial [JURIST news archive] for his involvement in the 1982 Dujail massacre [JURIST report], would prefer to die by firing squad rather than hanging if he is sentenced to death, which is possible [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb general and indicted war criminal Radko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive], who is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on genocide charges, had access to his army general's pension until mid-November 2005, according to Serbian ministers speaking to [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of liberal interest groups has announced a new series of television commercials aimed at derailing the nomination of Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the Supreme Court. The ads, to be officially unveiled Wednesday, will question Alito's integrity and credibility, rather than his voting record [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] announced Tuesday that results from its investigation into allegations of voting fraud during the December 15 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] will be announced Wednesday, but that voting results will not be released for two weeks, until the International Mission [read more]

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