Legal news from Saturday, April 29, 2006
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese lawmakers pressing for wide-ranging changes to the country's constitution [text] called Saturday for King Gyanendra [Nepal monarchy website] to give up control of the army [Royal Nepalese Army website] to put out of his reach a key instrument he used to assume direct control of the country in [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lester Crawford [official profile], the embattled former head of the US Food and Drug Administration [official website] who stepped down [JURIST report] in September 2005 after only three months in office in the midst of a furor over the agency's refusal to authorize over-the-counter distribution of Plan B emergency [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The British lawyer serving as chief prosecutor for the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website], the West African war crimes court that will try recently-captured ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] for war crimes and crimes against humanity, announced [press release, PDF] Friday he would step [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice says it will ask a federal judge to dismiss a class-action suit [EFF backgrounder] launched [JURIST report] in January by the Electronic Frontier Foundation [advocacy website], a cyberspace privacy group, against telecommunications giant AT&T alleging that it violated citizens' rights to privacy as well [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals Friday overturned [PDF opinion] a Pittsburgh municipality ordinance requiring canvassers to register with police before going door to door. The ACLU filed suit [complaint, PDF] on behalf of a local of the Service Employees International Union [union website] involved in a get-out-the-vote [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official website] said Friday that creating an inspector general for the federal judiciary to investigate possible ethical violations by federal judges "would be a serious incursion into judicial independence" and was unnecessary, as the judicial branch was already subject [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] In the latest legal assault on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [PDF text], conservative business organization the Free Enterprise Fund [official website] has asked former US solicitor general and Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr [Wikipedia profile], former US assistant attorney general Viet Dinh, and 2000 Bush legal team member Michael Carvin [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council Friday passed a wide-ranging resolution on duties to civilians in armed conflict that included a landmark affirmation of an international responsibility to protect [backgrounder] in the face of war crimes, genocide and ethic cleansing when their own countries refuse to take action. The Council specifically [read more]

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