Legal news from Tuesday, March 28, 2006
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Five federal judges experienced with surveillance requests appeared [hearing notice] Tuesday before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in support of committee chairman Arlen Specter's proposal [JURIST report] to require the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the secret panel established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text], to conduct regular [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Tuesday that the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] has dropped its appeal of a September District Court order [opinion text, PDF] requiring it to publicly release more photographs showing detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison, [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Court-appointed lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] rested the case of their headstrong and sometimes fractious client in federal court Tuesday by reading recorded statements from five al Qaeda leaders to show that contrary to Moussaoui's own testimony [JURIST report], he was not in fact slated to participate [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Miami federal judge presiding over the trial of terror suspect Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] Tuesday placed tight restrictions on disclosure of evidence containing classified material. US District Judge Marcia Cooke's order under the Classified Information Procedures Act [text] is primarily intended to prevent the public from gaining [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion pdf text] Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) [official profile] violated s. 2511 of US Code Title 18 [text] by disclosing an illegally obtained tape to reporters in 1996. The majority found that McDermott [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, Judge Saundra Armstrong of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] has ruled that the US Bureau of Reclamation [official website] must leave more water in the Klamath River basin to ensure survival of the threatened Coho salmon [ESA [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Most of the eight US Supreme Court [official website] justices hearing oral arguments Tuesday in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [Duke Law backgrounder; merit briefs] appeared skeptical of the Bush administration's contention that special military tribunals established by the President [Military Order text] not adhering to either standard US military procedure [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A delegation of Algerian officials made the country's first visit to the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in mid-March to evaluate the conditions of 26 Algerian citizens being held there, according to a report [text, in French] published Tuesday in Algeria's El Watan [media [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Tuesday dismissed three counts against former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] and one count against company founder Kenneth Lay [Houston Chronicle profile], shortly after the prosecution rested in the fraud and conspiracy case [indictment, PDF; DOJ Enron trial materials] [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Transit workers, postal staff, teachers and media employees went on strike and more than a million people demonstrated across France [JURIST news archive] Tuesday as part of escalating protests against the First Employment Contract (CPE) [FAQ, in French; official backgrounder, in English; JURIST news archive], a contentious labor law [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Mississippi Legislature [official website] failed to reach a compromise on an abortion ban bill [text] before a Monday night deadline, preventing it from becoming law during the current legislative session. The proposed bill would have prohibited most abortions in the state, making exceptions only for victims of rape [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Ministry of Health [official website, in Chinese] announced Tuesday that it will ban the sale of human organs in an effort to stem a rising black market trade [Independent report] for organs of executed prisoners. The Ministry announced stricter regulations taking effect July 1 that will require [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US House International Relations Committee [official website] chairman Rep. Henry Hyde [official website] indicated Monday that he would support a revised version of the UN Reform Act [text] in an attempt to gain Senate support for the legislation. Hyde said he would work with committee member Rep. Tom Lantos [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website] on Monday asked the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] to declassify a district judge's ruling on possible warrantless wiretaps used by the government in a high-profile terrorism case. Earlier this month, District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy issued [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Nikolai Lozovik, Secretary for the Belarus Central Election Commission [official website], announced Tuesday that the third-term inauguration of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] will be delayed. Lukashenko's landslide reelection earlier this month triggered claims of widespread fraud and prompted massive street protests [BBC report] along with [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, Jr. [official website] Monday announced an investigation into the American Red Cross [official website] over accusations that some of its volunteers stole money from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] relief efforts. Foti reportedly opened the investigation after Red Cross officials told Congress that it [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website, in Spanish] has lauded Monday's approval by the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] of an immigration bill that would provide temporary work visas to undocumented workers in the US and that rejected a House proposal to make the "unlawful presence" of undocumented [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] sentencing trial were left in a quandary Monday after hearing conflicting testimony from Moussaoui and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [Wikipedia profile], the alleged mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive]. Taking the stand in his own defense, Moussaoui [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The BBC is reporting a statement by the Nigerian government that wanted war crimes suspect Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive], the former Liberian president indicted by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] who it said it would turn over to Liberian authorities [JURIST report], is [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Justice Minister [ministry website, English version] said Tuesday that authorities have released Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile], the Afghan man who faced the death penalty [JURIST report] for converting from Islam to Christianity. Sarwar Danish did not provide any legal details, but prosecutors had indicated Monday that Rahman was [read more]

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