Legal news from Thursday, January 5, 2006
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Mark Warner [official website] on Thursday ordered that DNA evidence from a 1980s rape and murder case be tested to determine whether the man convicted and executed for the crime was innocent. Roger Keith Coleman [advocacy profile] was convicted for the 1981 rape and murder of his [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Senate aides have said that Democrats will force a one-week delay in the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the nomination of Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] to the US Supreme Court. Confirmation hearings are set to begin Monday [JURIST report] and committee chairman Arlen Specter [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The National Council for Human Rights, sponsored by the Egyptian government, on Thursday called for an investigation into the 11 deaths that occurred during the most recent round of parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] that ended in December. The killings were the result of violence throughout several weeks of [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that law enforcement officials have said that Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] has been transferred from military to civilian custody in order to face terror charges [JURIST report] in Miami. The transfer, previously delayed [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Paddy Ashdown [official profile], the EU High Representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina [official profile] on Thursday confiscated funds from the Serb Democratic Party (SDS) because its founder and wanted war crimes criminal Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile] remains a fugitive. In 2005, the country's main Bosnian Serb party had raised about [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday held that the state's 1999 school voucher law [text] violates the state constitutional requirement of a uniform system of free public schools. The Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) [state backgrounder], which was led by Gov. Jeb Bush [official website] and was the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A suspected Bosnian Serb war criminal was captured by European Union EUFOR [official website] peacekeeping troops on Thursday in a firefight at the suspect's home. Dragomir Abazovic and his 12-year-old son were shot and injured [Reuters report], while his wife died from bullet wounds after being admitted to the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-MI) [official website] has said that the Bush administration cannot use recent legislation [press release] in an attempt to dismiss already filed habeas corpus petitions of Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST news archive]. The 2006 defense spending bill [text], signed into law last week, contained [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official website] issued a warning on Thursday that the US is considering referring Iran [JURIST news archive] to the UN Security Council [official website] if it continues its plans to resume nuclear fuel research. Iran announced on Tuesday that it would resume its [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A British judge on Thursday said that Haroon Rashid Aswat [Wikipedia profile], a British citizen wanted in the US on suspicion of setting up a terrorist training camp, could be extradited to the United States. Aswat was arrested in August [JURIST report] by Zambian police in connection with the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday called for the full respect for international humanitarian and human rights law [press release] in the ongoing conflict in Nepal [JURIST news archive]. Last month, Arbour warned [JURIST report] that Nepal could face a [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Three leading Republican senators, John W. Warner (R-VA) [official profile], John McCain (R-AZ) [official profile], and Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) [official profile], on Wednesday condemned President Bush's statement that he can bypass the newly-passed ban [JURIST report] on torture [JURIST news archive] under his commander in chief powers. The [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Enron [JURIST news archive] chairman Kenneth Lay [Chronicle profile] and ex-CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Chronicle profile] on Wednesday afternoon filed a motion to move the location of the trial, where both defendants face charges of conspiracy and fraud in connection with the fall of the energy company. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Palestinian Election Commission (CEC) [official website, in Arabic], an independent commission that supervises elections in the Palestinian Authority [JURIST news archive], resigned Thursday in protest of the government's decision to allow 60,000 security forces to cast votes in the January 25 parliamentary elections in their barracks instead of [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) [official profile], the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee [official website], told President Bush in a letter Wednesday that the White House violated the National Security Act [text] when it withheld information pertaining to the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Wednesday appealed to Egyptian authorities in an attempt to prevent the deportation of 654 Sudanese refugees whom Cairo authorities say are in the country illegally. Also Wednesday, US-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Egyptian President [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official profile] defended his annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine [shrine website] Wednesday, and condemned Chinese and South Korean leaders who refused to meet with him because he commemorates Japanese veterans from World War II. Several of those honored by the shrine were executed [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday rejected the US government's argument that revealing the names of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees violates their privacy, and remanded the case for further consideration on whether to actually release the names. The lawsuit was filed against the US Department of Defense [read more]

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