Legal news from Sunday, January 29, 2006
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) [official website], a Republican member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website], Sunday questioned the legitimacy of the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], casting doubt on its legality in the absence of judicial or Congressional authority. Notwithstanding legal defenses of the [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK plan for national identification cards [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] received another setback Sunday when Lord Carlile [party profile], the Liberal Democrat peer appointed by the British government as an independent reviewer of its anti-terror laws, said that the ID cards would be of "limited value" against [read more]

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[JURIST] Several detainees involved in the continuing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] hunger strikes are close to death, according to lawyers acting for the detainees. Despite force-feedings by the US military, there is concern for two emaciated Yemenis and a hospitalized Saudi prisoner. Reprieve [advocacy website], an international prisoners' rights [read more]

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[JURIST] The Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed briefly Sunday under new Kurdish chief judge Ra'uf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman [Aljazeera profile] but was adjourned again after Hussein, defense lawyers, and two co-defendants left the courtroom protesting the earlier removal of Saddam's half brother and co-defendant Barzan al-Tikriti. Abdel-Rahman, who replaced [read more]

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[JURIST] Walgreens [corporate web site] is being sued by four Illinois pharmacists [JURIST report] who claim that they were illegally fired for refusing to sign a pledge promising to dispense the morning-after birth control pill. Walgreens asked the pharmacists to sign the pledge because of an Illinois state rule [press [read more]

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[JURIST] Lebanese government officials have called "fruitful" initial consultations [JURIST report] with visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel [official profile] on the establishment of an international tribunal for suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. A UN spokesperson also described [read more]

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