Legal news from Thursday, January 12, 2006
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Seven federal appellate judges who have worked with US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday on the fourth day of his confirmation hearings, saying that Alito would be an independent and ethical justice. Democrats on [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Croatia [JURIST news archive] plans to ask the government of Australia [JURIST news archive] to extradite former Serb commander “Captain Dragan” Vasiljkovic [News.com report], charged with war crimes committed during Croatia’s 1991-1995 independence war. Croatia accuses Vasiljkovic of torturing and killing Croat soldiers, civilians and prisoners of war and [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday dismissed a free speech suit by Yahoo! Inc. [official website] challenging a $15 million fine [CNN report] imposed on the company five years ago by a French court for running an auction site displaying Nazi memorabilia, which is banned [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department filed a motion [PDF text] with the US Supreme Court Thursday to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction a case brought by Salim Ahmed Hamdan challenging President Bush's authority to establish military commissions to try Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST news archive] for war crimes. The Court [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's environmental law news, the Alaska Bureau of Land Management [official website] has issued [PDF press release] a Record of Decision [PDF text] Wednesday that will open approximately 500,000 acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve [backgrounder] in Alaska to oil and gas drilling. The RoD contains [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] DNA test results [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday by the State of Virginia have apparently confirmed the guilt of Roger Keith Coleman [advocacy website], who was convicted of the 1981 rape and murder of his sister-in-law and was executed in 1992 despite a significant effort by death penalty [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] Thursday opened an official investigation [press release] into allegations that several European countries allowed the CIA to secretly detain prisoners [JURIST report] within their borders and airspace as part of the US "war on terror". The investigation will determine: - whether the CIA or [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website], currently on a one-week mission [UN press release] to Uganda [JURIST news archive], expressed concern Thursday about fundamental human rights problems in the northern area of the country where government forces have been fighting the infamous Lord's Resistance Army [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] On Thursday, the District Court judge hearing the emergency lawsuit brought by families of a group of Cubans [JURIST report] who were deported for failing to reach US land criticized the government's reasoning supporting the deportation order. The Cubans had reached an abandoned bridge piling in the Florida Keys [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] completed its questioning of Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday, the fourth day of its confirmation hearings for the Third Circuit jurist. Alito, who appears headed for approval, declared his admiration for his predecessor, Justice [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian officials announced Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] would not submit to questioning by the UN probe into the assassination of former Lebanese president Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Information Minister Mahdi Dahkl-Allah claimed that the refusal stemmed from concerns over preserving Syria's sovereignty and intimated that [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ligue Iteka [official website], a human rights group in Burundi, on Thursday criticized this week's release of 673 political prisoners [JURIST report] held for alleged crimes related to Burundi's 12-year civil war [Global Security backgrounder]. Ligue Iteka director Jean Marie Vianey Kavumbagu questioned the process for identifying and freeing [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Tenet Healthcare [corporate website], the country's second-largest private hospital chain, on Thursday agreed to a $215 million settlement [press release] to end class action shareholder lawsuits alleging that some of the company's officers and directors misled investors about Medicare expenses. The for-profit company confirmed that insurance will cover $75 [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Foreign ministers from England, France, and Germany said Thursday that negotiations with Iran over its efforts to resume nuclear fuel research [JURIST report] had reached a "dead end", and recommended that the nation be referred to the UN Security Council [official website]. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Justice Minister Serhiy Holovaty said in a statement Thursday that the Ukrainian parliament's dismissal of the government [BBC report] earlier this week was illegal because the vote did not meet the necessary two-thirds majority. On Tuesday Holovaty warned that the country had been plunged into "legal chaos" [JURIST [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Copenhagen Thursday found five Danish soldiers guilty on two of four counts of abuse against Iraqi prisoners, but refused to sentence the soldiers [BBC report] due to "extenuating circumstances". The judge noted that unclear procedural rules and outdated training mitigated the offenses. The five were charged [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller has invoked his right not to incriminate himself by refusing to answer questions in two courts-martial against soldiers accused of using dogs as an intimidation tactic at the US-operated Abu Ghraib prison facility [JURIST news archive] in Iraq. Miller, who helped establish operations [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal bankruptcy judge ruled on Wednesday that several civil lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon [official website] alleging sexual abuse by priests [JURIST news archive] should go to trial. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2004 [JURIST report] on the day that a suit asking for [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] has pleaded not guilty in federal district court to 11 charges, including conspiracy to murder US nationals and providing material support to terrorists. Padilla was detained over three years ago on suspicion of planning to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Detroit Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, 75, became the first US Catholic bishop to publicly admit he was sexually abused by a priest after he met with Ohio lawmakers Wednesday in support of a state bill [text] proposing the extension of time limits for victims to sue the church. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] has indicated it may file a lawsuit against New York state for failing to modernize its voting procedures in accordance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 [text]. The state Board of Elections [official website] has received over $220 million in [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] An attempt by a special prosecutor to try former Mexican president Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile] on genocide charges for the massacre of hundreds of students during a 1968 demonstration was rejected by Wednesday by the Mexican Supreme Court [official website]. The high court refused to hear an appeal from [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton [official profile] and representatives from other UN member countries resumed negotiations Wednesday on the creation of a new UN rights watchdog to replace the Human Rights Commission [official website]. At the closed door meeting, Bolton presented several proposals [prepared remarks] and cautioned [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Electoral results [press release] released by the Independent Electoral Commission [official website] in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] Wednesday certify the landslide approval [JURIST report] of the new Congolese constitution [draft text, in French; AP summary]. In December, 84 percent of the approximately 15 million voters [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mehmet Ali Agca [Wikipedia profile], a Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II [official website; JURIST news archive] in 1981, was released from a Turkish prison Thursday to cheers from a crowd of nationalist supporters. After serving 20 years in an Italian jail, Agca was extradited to Turkey [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and Canadian citizen Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday asked the judge presiding over Khadr's military trial to delay proceedings so that Khadr could secure counsel with more trial experience. Khadr, 19, faces charges [US DOD chargesheet, PDF; DOD press [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A German court sentenced Iraqi Lokman Amin Mohammed to seven years in prison Thursday for recruiting fighters and raising money to support the insurgency in Iraq. Prosecutors say Mohammed played a key role in the Western Europe branch [JURIST report] of insurgent group Ansar al-Islam [Wikipedia backgrounder], smuggling wounded [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] will continue their questioning of Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] into the fourth day of his confirmation hearings Thursday following Wednesday testimony dominated by questions concerning abortion and Alito's membership in a controversial Princeton [read more]

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