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

[JURIST] A European diplomat said Saturday that Russia [JURIST news archive] will not likely support last week's draft resolution that would refer Iran [JURIST news archive] to the UN Security Council [official website] over its nuclear program unless there is an agreement to soften language suggesting that Iran is a [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Many Iraqis who voted for the new constitution [JURIST news archive; JURIST document] in the October referendum [JURIST report] have begun to call for amendments to its vague and controversial provisions. Those calling for amendments are concerned with the influence of religion on daily life because one clause prohibits [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] on Saturday indicated he plans to reject a second interview request from UN investigators running the probe into the bus bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Assad rejected the first request [JURIST report] last week. Arguing that [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese police on Saturday used tear gas to disperse protesters gathered to demand democratic reforms in the country after King Gyanendra [BBC profile] seized power [JURIST report] from the interim government last year. Many of Saturday's protesters threw stones and fought with police, and as many as 300 students [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] In an attempt to help resolve the conflict surrounding Indonesia's annexation of East Timor [JURIST news archive], East Timor President Xanana Gusmao [BBC profile] presented a report [press conference summary] to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday detailing alleged widespread atrocities committed by the Indonesian government during its occupation [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two US military intelligence officers testified on Friday in the court-martial [JURIST report] of Army Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. that the interrogation rules in place during the first months of the Iraq war were unclear and that Welshofer was not aware of what techniques were prohibited when [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday provided additional written answers [PDF text] to questions submitted by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his views of a variety of legal issues and reiterated statements made during his confirmation hearings that the Constitution [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and People's Rights [advocacy website], an NGO based in South Africa, on Saturday criticized the process of nominating judges [press release, DOC] to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights during the ongoing African Union [official website] summit in [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [NYT profile], the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney indicted last October in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], said Friday they plan to subpoena journalists and news organizations for additional documents, such as reporters' notes and records [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] In anticipation of US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] hearings next month, Democratic Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) [official website; press release] and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website; press release] introduced a proposed Senate resolution [PDF text] Friday, criticizing the Bush administration's authorization of domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] by [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Eugene Wedoff [official profile] from the Northern District of Illinois signed off on the United Airlines [corporate website] reorganization plan [official website; UAL materials] Friday, in a move that will allow the airline to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy [JURIST news archive] by February 1. The [read more]

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