Legal news from Monday, January 16, 2006
21:01 EDT

[JURIST] Senate leaders announced late Monday that a US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] which could have taken place as early as Tuesday will be postponed by a week until January 24, with consideration by the full [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] In a scathing and fiery speech in Washington Monday on eavesdropping and excesses of executive power, former Vice-President and 2000 Democratic Party nominee Al Gore [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website] declared that the US Constitution was in "grave danger" and accused President Bush of repeatedly breaking the law by authorizing [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court Monday sentenced a member of the outlawed Islamist militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen [Wikipedia backgrounder] to 15 years in prison for involvement in a wave of bomb attacks across the country on August 17 last year that killed 2 and wounded 100. The group wants to turn Bangladesh [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups Monday voiced objections to Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [profile] becoming the rotating chair of the African Union [official website] for 2006-2007 when African nations hold a summit [agenda] in Khartoum next week. In a letter to African leaders, a coalition of 50 groups expressed concern about [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] announced Monday that it would disregard 227 ballot boxes from the December 15 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] in response to 58 serious complaints of election fraud [JURIST report]. Since Iraqis voted at about 6,200 voting centers across the country [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A replacement judge has been named to preside over the Iraqi High Criminal Court [formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]] trying ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein following the weekend resignation [JURIST report] of chief judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile], according to the court's chief prosecutor speaking Monday. Amin [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] is urging the 25 European Union [official website, JURIST news archive] member states to implement compatible criminal law procedures in the wake of a study showing drastically different legal practices. While the study conducted by the University of Maastricht did not reveal any violations [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Under pressure from the United States, the Israeli Cabinet led by Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official profile] has decided to allow Palestinians to vote in Jerusalem during the January 25 Palestinian parliamentary elections [BBC backgrounder] so long as militant groups are not on the ballot. Israel had threatened [read more]

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