Legal news from Tuesday, April 11, 2006
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] French students and union members staged sporadic "victory marches" Tuesday to celebrate the government's withdrawal of the First Employment Contract (contrat premiere embauche, CPE) [JURIST news archive] as legislators prepared for a vote on a replacement $180M job training and subsidization package that could come as early as Wednesday [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A new photograph of detainees from Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq was released by the ACLU Tuesday after having been turned over by the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] pursuant to a federal court order directing compliance with a Freedom of Information Act [DOJ [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate [official website] introduced a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday that would allow the country's president and state governors to seek a third term in office. Nigeria's constitution [text] currently permits two four-year terms, and if it remains unchanged the upcoming 2007 elections will [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Haiti's interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue [Wikipedia profile] has asked the country's High Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes to conduct an investigation into the finances of all government officials and aides to address allegations of corruption and mismanagement. The audit will cover the two-year interim administration that was [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, the UK Environment Agency [official website] has been found guilty of polluting the waters of the Barle River, a tributary of the Exe in Devon. The pollution consisted of hazardous chemicals from cement waste that was allowed to flow into the river. The Environment [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the dismissal [PDF opinion] of a defamation lawsuit against former US Rep. Cass Ballenger [Wikipedia profile] which was brought by an American Muslim civil rights group. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy website] sued Ballenger [JURIST report] for comments [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST [FAQ] has been nominated for a prestigious Webby Award [awards website] as the best Law website of 2006. Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbies" are the leading international [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] to release hundreds of political opponents [HRW press release] and reporters who have been arrested in recent months as part of a government crackdown on opposing opinions. The US-based human rights group put their request [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The family of a man convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] said they will not pursue clemency on his behalf, allowing the Indonesian government to carry out his death sentence, according to a spokesman for the attorney general Tuesday. Imam Samudra [BBC profile] has indicated that [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A jury on Tuesday awarded $9 million in punitive damages to a New Jersey man who sued pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] on grounds that his prolonged use of the drug Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news archive] caused him to suffer a heart attack, marking the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Tuesday dropped criminal charges against four journalists over reports critical of a court opinion [JURIST report] last fall, but the court upheld charges against a fifth journalist. The court dismissed charges against the four because it held that prosecutors failed to file charges within the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Nepal [JURIST news archive] fired on a crowd of pro-democracy protestors [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, injuring at least 12, observers said. Reports said that protestors in Kathmandu marched from an area not covered by a curfew [JURIST report] toward a line of police, who then fired on [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC] has said that Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] authorities continue to use torture [JURIST news archive], particularly against those who oppose the government, noting that he has evidence of systematic torture by police and security forces in the country. Nowak [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz [official profile] said Tuesday that corruption of its judicial system is one of the largest challenges Indonesia [JURIST news archive] faces in attracting more investment. Wolfowitz said cleaning up the courts would help the country attract foreign investors and ensure economic growth. Wolfowitz, the [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A series of speakers in the Arizona State Legislature [official website] offered stinging criticism in floor speeches Monday of demonstrators who marched [JURIST report] in support of a chance for citizenship for illegal immigrants in the US. A group of Republican legislators said the protests were an assault on [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Israel's cabinet has declared Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [official profile; BBC profile] to be permanently incapacitated [press release], marking the official end of the Sharon administration and opening the way for acting-PM Ehud Olmert to assume control of the administration as interim prime minister. Sharon [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A medical officer in the UK's Royal Air Force [official website] has pleaded not guilty to charges that he failed to comply with a legal order [JURIST report] for refusing to return to Iraq for a third tour of duty. Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith [Wikipedia profile], who has dual [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer [official website] on Tuesday denied that he received or read [PDF transcript] several cables which were sent by diplomats and trade officials to warn the Australian government that the country's leading wheat exporter was paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's former regime [JURIST report] under [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The judge overseeing the sentencing trial [case docket] of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that only the jury and other individuals present in the courtroom will be able to hear the cockpit tape [JURIST report] of United Airlines Flight 93 [National Park Service website] that crashed in [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Spain charged 29 individuals Tuesday for their involvement in the March 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive]. Judge Juan del Olmo charged five men with all 191 deaths in the bombings and 1,755 attempted murders, while 24 others were charged as accomplices. Over 100 suspects [read more]

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