Legal news from Sunday, January 8, 2006
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman Arlen Specter Sunday acknowledged that a "heavy sense of drama" surrounded the Supreme Court confirmation hearings [official notice] for Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive], set to begin Monday. In a statement prepared for delivery at the opening of the first session, [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US military commission proceedings against two of a handful of charged prisoners at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], originally scheduled to restart Tuesday, have been pushed back to Wednesday in recognition of the the Feast of the Sacrifice, a Muslim holy day. Canadian Omar Khadr [US DOD chargesheet, PDF; [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] said [transcript, PDF] Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation program that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] has been invited to testify as the main spokesperson for administration when the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] holds open hearings in [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for a number of hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have filed a petition in a California court to force the state medical ethics board to investigate Dr. John S. Edmondson, chief medical officer at the prison, for alleged unprofessional conduct for allowing the forced insertion [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A British law firm has been linked to the ongoing investigation into the illegal activities of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. A former partner at London-based James & Sarch, now defunct, allegedly channeled $1 million from Russian oil executives to the public advocacy group US Family [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in Atlanta, Georgia has reinstated a $55 million verdict against two former Salvadoran generals for allowing torture and other human rights violations to occur during the El Salvadoran civil war. In March, the court tossed out [JURIST report] the jury [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in New Orleans have agreed to temporarily halt the scheduled demolition of thousands of private homes severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] until a federal judge decides if he will hear a legal challenge. Community activists originally filed a lawsuit in state court to block the [read more]

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