Legal news from Wednesday, April 19, 2006
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Clark v. Arizona [Duke law case backgrounder; merits briefs], 05-5966, a case in which the Court will decide the constitutionality of Arizona statutes governing insanity defenses in criminal cases. In June 2000 at the [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The defense team in the sentencing trial [case docket] of Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday called several witnesses in an effort to prevent a death sentence for the convicted Sept. 11 conspirator, including two family members of Sept. 11 victims, and more mental health experts. [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] on Wednesday released the first official list of prisoners [PDF] held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], including the names of people who were the earliest detainees at the detention facility. The Pentagon released the list of 558 detainees in response to [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [official website] on Wednesday issued a new compliance manual [text; press release] that is meant to clarify how employers and employees should interpret anti-discrimination laws found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [text; EEOC backgrounder]. EEOC Chair Cari M. [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Internet company Yahoo [corporate website] may be responsible for leading Chinese police to the identity of a pro-democracy activist [press release] who was sentenced to four years in prison, Reporters Without Borders [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Jiang Lijun was jailed in 2003 for allegedly promoting democracy through "violent means" [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Third Court of Appeals [official website] on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision [JURIST report] dismissing a conspiracy charge [JURIST document] against US Rep. Tom DeLay [official website; JURIST news archive]. DeLay was indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges [JURIST report] last year, but Senior District [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel High Court of Justice [official website] has ruled that the Israeli government can continue construction of the security fence [IDF website] it has been building around the city of Jerusalem, rejecting Palestinian requests for injunctions to delay work near several Palestinian villages. The court reasoned that because [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday confirmed [statement, DOC] that Romano Prodi [campaign website, in Italian], former Italian prime minister and head of a center-left coalition, was the winner of the disputed April 9-10 general elections [JURIST report; BBC Q/A] over current Prime Minister [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal police on Wednesday arrested approximately 250 college professors who were protesting in the town Pokhara against the direct government of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile]. Organizers set up the demonstration in violation of government-imposed curfew meant to curb pro-democracy rallies [JURIST report]. Gyanendra's government has previously announced [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that mortgage corporation Freddie Mac [corporate website] has agreed to pay a $3.8 million fine [agreement text, PDF] to settle accusations that it directly raised campaign funds for members of Congress in violation of federal election laws. Freddie [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, following China and Russia's block of an attempt to implement targeted sanctions [JURIST report] in the UN sanctions committee on Sudan against four Sudanese officials alleged to have intentionally hindered the peace process in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive] of Sudan, the US has [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] said Wednesday that there has been a sharp decline in the number of asylum seekers globally and warned that asylum seekers worldwide face increasing threats as they are "portrayed not as refugees fleeing persecution and entitled [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] American businessman Philip H. Bloom pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy, bribery and money laundering in a corruption scandal that continues to expand as investigators find "more cases of a similar vein in the pipeline." In his guilty plea, Bloom, who was charged [JURIST report] last year, admitted [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], the chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], read out a report by prosecution experts as the trial resumed Wednesday that authenticated the former leader's signature on several more documents submitted into evidence [trial exhibits]. Reading from the report, Rahman said "The [read more]

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