Legal news from Friday, April 28, 2006
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army announced late Friday that it has charged Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, former head of interrogation operations at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive], with seven violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice [text], including disobeying a superior commissioned officer, dereliction of duty, failure [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday called on Sudan to resolve the conflict in its troubled Darfur region [JURIST news archive], asking the country's government to act in “full compliance with the international desire for there to be peace.” The President’s remarks came just ahead of a meeting with activists lobbying on [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Miami federal judge presiding over the trial of terror suspect Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] on Friday rejected prosecutors' attempts to require Padilla’s defense attorneys to sign a "memorandum of understanding" regarding the security of secret evidence the prosecution intends to use in its case. The memorandum, promulgated [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General [official website] reported [text, PDF] Friday that the FBI [official website] did not use the threat of terrorism investigations to intimidate political protesters at the 2004 Democratic and Republican national conventions in Boston and New York, but rather followed up [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean prosecutors in Seoul arrested Hyundai Motors Group [corporate website] CEO Chung Mong-koo [Wikipedia backgrounder] Friday on charges of embezzlement, misappropriation and bribery. Prosecution spokesman Kang Chan-woo made the arrest announcement shortly after Seoul District Court Judge Lee Jong-seok issued an arrest warrant. Authorities were concerned because of [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The constitutional reform process in Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] appears in disarray after the lower house of the Bosnian parliament [official website] voted earlier this week to reject a set of proposals backed by the US and the European Union and initially agreed to [JURIST report] by Bosnia's [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] on Friday urged Libyan authorities to release five Bulgarian nurses who are accused of infecting over 400 patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus. The medics have been imprisoned since 1999 and are awaiting the start of their second trial, scheduled [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Administrative Court of Thailand [official website] on Friday called off by-elections [press release, in Thai] scheduled for this weekend because there is a possibility that the results of the April 2 general election [BBC report; Thailand Election Commission website] will be determined to be illegitimate. Earlier this week, [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama Governor Bob Riley [official website] has signed the Rosa Parks Act [JURIST document], legislation that authorizes pardons for Rosa Parks [TIME profile], the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [King Center profile] and other civil rights activists convicted of violating Jim Crow laws in the state. Those seeking [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [JURIST news archive] has expressed concern at the human rights situation in Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] after making a brief first-hand assessment in a visit earlier this week and holding talks with government and civil society representatives on how to address [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] An advisor to the Saudi Justice Ministry [official website, in Arabic] has said that Saudi Arabia is in the process of setting up a new state security court to try terror suspects, according to Saudi daily Okaz [media website]. A panel of between five and seven top judges nominated [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A much-awaited motion promising to hold an election of a constituent assembly to draw up a new constitution in Nepal [JURIST news archive] was tabled in the parliament Friday, as the House of Representatives met for the first time in four years. A representative of Nepal's prime minister-designate Girija [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website], said Friday that Iran [IAEA materials] has enriched uranium in defiance of a March UN Security Council demand [text] that it immediately suspend its nuclear enrichment program [JURIST report]. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] announced [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two Egyptian judges faced disciplinary hearings at the Egyptian Supreme Court Thursday for their criticisms of parliamentary elections [JURIST report] last year, which they and eight other judges claimed were marred by fraud. The two judges, Hesham el-Bastawisy and Mahmoud Mekki, are members of the Judge's Club, an 8,000-member [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 11 Democrats from the US House of Representatives [official website] plan to file a lawsuit [press release] Friday against the Bush administration seeking to overturn the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [PDF text; S 1932 bill summary] as unconstitutional because, due to a clerical error, the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jury deliberations in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive, case docket] were put on hold Thursday after a juror called in sick, but are expected to resume Friday at 8:30 AM ET. US District Judge Leonie Brinkema [official profile] considered postponing the deliberations until Monday [LA [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] New Hampshire Governor John Lynch [official profile] signed a bill [text] Thursday giving the state's Secretary of State flexibility in setting the filing period for presidential candidates, responding to the Democratic Party’s efforts to change the 2008 primary calendar and possibly replace New Hampshire as the home of the [read more]

05:04 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Belarus authorities have sentenced Alexander Milinkevich [official website; Wikipedia profile] and three other opposition leaders to a fifteen-day jail term for attending an illegal demonstration after arresting them [JURIST report] Thursday. At the peaceful rally in Minsk, the capital, Milinkevich called on his supporters to work for a [read more]

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