Legal news from Sunday, March 12, 2006
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The 53-member UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] is set to start its yearly and probably last six-week session [UN backgrounder] in Geneva on Monday, but may not follow its customary agenda due to ongoing controversy over the formation of a new UN Human Rights Council [JURIST news [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that initial results of an autopsy cited by an ICTY official at The Hague ahead of the public release of the findings indicate that Slobodan Milosevic died of "classical heart failure". Milosevic had a long history of heart trouble and his health had forced multiple [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] said Sunday on ABC's This Week that he plans to introduce a censure resolution [text, PDF; Feingold fact sheet] in the US Senate Monday condemning President Bush for approving the National Security Agency warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] and then misinforming the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A new investigatory report by the Associated Press [media website] shows an increasing trend among state legislatures to restrict access to information that was public before the 9/11 attacks. Security concerns were found to be the main driving force for state action, but concerns about identity theft, medical privacy [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A senior US State Department official has indicated that US officials are talking with their British counterparts about how to eventually close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. US State Deputy Assistant Secretary Colleen Graffy [official profile] told the BBC Sunday that "continuous discussion" was going [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hague war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC profile] Sunday defended the over four year long trial of Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website], saying that although his sudden death in jail [JURIST report] Saturday "deprives the victims of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed in Baghdad Sunday without any disruptions as three co-defendants took the stand to testify about the killings of 142 Shiites in the Iraqi town of Dujail after a failed 1982 attempt on Hussein's life. It was the first session of the [read more]

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