Legal news from Friday, January 6, 2006
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Miami Friday postponed until next week a scheduled plea and bail hearing for now-indicted "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], a US citizen originally arrested in 2002 for allegedly plotting to detonate a "dirty bomb" but later charged with unrelated offenses. Magistrate Judge Barry [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari in six cases, including one involving the ability of police to enter a home without a search warrant. In Brigham County v. Stewart, the court is expected to clarify the type of emergency situation required to justify a warrantless [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Tyco International [corporate website] spokesperson has said that Tyco was the defrauded "Company A" referred to in court documents released Tuesday as part of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's guilty plea to fraud and conspiracy charges [JURIST report; plea agreement]. The criminal information [JURIST document] which prompted Abramoff's plea [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights [official website], a legal panel appointed by the European Commission, has warned [BBC report] that a agreement [draft text in Slovak, DOC], drawn up in 2003, between the Vatican and Slovakia that allows Catholic hospitals in Slovakia to refuse to [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghanistan prison is undergoing improvements to accommodate about 100 Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST news archive] who are expected to be transferred to Afghanistan in the near future, according to Afghan officials. Construction, being paid for by the US, is underway on Afghanistan's largest prison to enhance security [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Inspector General [official website], the internal watchdog of the US Department of Justice [official website], concluded [DOJ report, PDF] on Friday that the FBI did not misuse the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] but instead blamed the FBI for "sloppy work" when it wrongly linked an Oregon lawyer [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday upheld the 2004 conviction [JURIST report] of Martha Stewart [JURIST news archive] for lying to federal investigators in connection with her sale of ImClone stock. Stewart filed an appeal [JURIST report] after being sentenced to five months in [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Public Prosecutor's office in the Netherlands filed an appeal on Friday against the acquittal of Dutch businessman Frans Van Anraat [BBC profile] on charges of complicity in genocide by Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. In December, the court sentenced Van Anraat to the maximum term of 15 years [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Japan has declined to join fellow G-4 nations Brazil, Germany and India in their proposal [AP report] to expand membership in the UN Security Council [official website] from 15 to 25 member nations, adding six permanent members and six non-permanent members, and will instead develop a different proposal with [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean judge said Friday that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website, JURIST news archive] should be held indefinitely until Chile evaluates an extradition request from Peru, rejecting a defense request to free Fujimori on bail. The former leader had been living in exile in Japan until he [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Sim Lake on Thursday sentenced former Dynegy [corporate website] executive Gene Shannon Foster to 15 months in jail, and former accountant Helen Sharkey received a 30-day sentence for helping co-defendant James Olis defraud investors of over $500 million. Olis, another former executive, received an unprecedented 24-year [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Democrats on the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] have said they plan to call witnesses to question the integrity of US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] during confirmation hearings. The witness list includes experts on constitutional law and civil rights, but will also [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official website], a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has said that while Democrats on the committee are considering delaying a vote on Samuel Alito's confirmation [JURIST report] to the US Supreme Court, a final decision has not yet been made. Senate [read more]

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