Legal news from Saturday, February 25, 2006
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan court Saturday found Asadullah Sarwari [TrialWatch profile], head of the country's intelligence department in the communist era, guilty of ordering hundreds of murders and sentenced him to death. Sarwari, who defended himself in the one-day trial, is expected to appeal the ruling that arose from his conduct [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 129 lawmakers, journalists and human rights activists on treason charges opened Friday in Ethiopia. The charges relate to mass demonstrations [JURIST report] in the wake of Ethiopia’s May 2005 elections; the 129 defendants were arrested after street protests in July and November [JURIST report]. The opposition [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] insisted in a court filing Friday that the information the search engine data government is seeking from Google as part of its effort to revive the Child Online Protection Act [text] would not be traceable to specific users. Google [corporate website] had [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Utah Supreme Court [official website] Friday ruled to remove a polygamist judge from the bench, explaining that Hildale Justice Court Judge Walter Steed clearly broke the law by being married to three women at once. Steed worked as a part-time justice court judge since 1980 in the border [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Manila Saturday raided the offices of the Manila Daily Tribune [media website; Daily Tribune report] and detained several high-profile critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] of the Philippines a day after she declared a state of emergency [JURIST report] in order to stop an [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Nigerian court in the southern city of Port Harcourt Friday ordered Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] to pay $1.5 billion to compensate local communities for environmental pollution caused by the company's activities in the southern Niger delta region, the focus of long criticism [CorpWatch backgrounder; HRW report] by [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] Friday granted defense attorneys for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] access to Libby's personal handwritten notes taken over a nine-month period around the time that the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame was first published in [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] In a speech Friday [official transcript] in Cleveland, US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] Commissioner Mark Everson [official profile] said that the IRS had found a sharp increase in prohibited political activity by 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charities, including some churches, during the 2004 election cycle. According to an IRS [read more]

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