Legal news from Friday, May 12, 2006
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Friday stayed the military commission trial of a Saudi Arabian man who has been held at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since 2002 for allegedly plotting with members of al Qaeda to build car bomb detonators in Pakistan and send them [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A new report by the Irish Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] released [press release] Friday has found that Ireland may be in breach of international human rights laws because the country does not currently recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive]. The Rights of De Facto Couples [PDF] report notes [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] said Friday that the Virginia home and office of former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo [Wikipedia profile] were searched as part of an investigation into Foggo's possible involvement in a congressional bribery scheme. Foggo is being investigated by the FBI, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Telecommunications company Qwest on Friday explained its decision to deny the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] access to its customers' telephone records in contrast to competitors AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth [corporate websites] which allowed that. According to a company lawyer, former Qwest CEO Joseph N. Nacchio concluded that [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of a European Union [official website] delegation currently in the US to investigate [JURIST report] reports of secret CIA prisons in Europe [JURIST report] for the European Parliament [official website] have complained about non-cooperation by US State Department [official website] officials after a meeting to discuss alleged renditions [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A UK bill that would let British doctors present the option of assisted suicide [UK advocacy website] to patients with less than six months to live who are experiencing "extreme suffering" stalled Friday in the British House of Lords [official website]. After spending the day debating whether it was [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US government lawyers urged a federal judge Friday to dismiss a civil lawsuit [JURIST report] filed by Khalid el-Masri [ACLU case materials] against former CIA director George Tenet and other CIA officials. El-Masri is a German national who alleges he was kidnapped in Macedonia in 2003, held by the [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Finland's parliament on Friday voted to approve the stalled European Constitution [official website; JURIST news archive], taking an initial step toward ratifying the constitution. Ratification will occur following the approval of the cabinet and a second formal vote in parliament and would make Finland the sixteenth European country to [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile], who earlier this week was acquitted in a rape case [JURIST report], called for Zuma's upcoming corruption trial to move quickly through the court system in order to avoid disrupting his client's goal of attaining a leadership [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) [group website] and the Connecticut Bar Association [group website] have filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] arguing that the new federal bankruptcy law [JURIST report] enacted in October 2005, unlawfully impedes the attorney-client relationship [press release, DOC] by restricting the advice lawyers [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Conservative Party leader David Cameron [official website; party profile] on Friday demanded a repeal or revision of the 1998 Human Rights Act [text] following a High Court decision to allow nine Afghani airplane hijackers to remain in the United Kingdom rather than deport the convicts back to Afghanistan [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk [BBC profile] was indicted Friday on charges [JURIST report] of fraud, embezzling research funds and breaching bioethics laws. Hwang announced in 2005 that his research team had created patient-specific stem cell lines along with having produced stem cells from a human embryo. A report [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] As expected [JURIST report], corruption charges against former Indonesian dictator General Suharto [BBC profile] were dropped Friday after a court determined last month that Suharto was unfit to stand trial [JURIST report]. Suharto was ousted from power after 32 years in 1998 amid violent protests against his three-decade dictatorship [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A recent report [press release] from the UN Mission in DR Congo [official website] finds that despite a decrease in large-scale human rights abuses [JURIST report] at the hands of the military in the Congo [JURIST news archive], individual incidents of rapes, killings and torture by Congo's security forces [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher [website] of Kentucky has been charged [indictment, PDF] with criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination as part of an ongoing investigation into the governor's hiring practices [timeline]. In a press release responding to the indictment from Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo [website], the governor's [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Faced with chronic security problems along the US border with Mexico, the Pentagon is exploring options in which the military can be utilized to alleviate some of the burden on US border patrol agents who are stretched too thin. Giving the military greater authority to intervene in border control [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, five individuals who served as the political cabinet for King Gyanendra [official profile] after he dissolved the lawfully elected government [JURIST report] in February 2005 have been arrested on charges of "making statements aimed at disturbing the public peace." The five former ministers were all [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Protests continue in Egypt over two judges facing disciplinary hearings [JURIST report] at Egypt's highest court for their criticism of parliamentary elections [JURIST report] last year, which they and eight other judges claimed were marred by fraud. Judges Hisham el-Bastiwisy and Mahmoud Mekki, members of the Judge's Club - [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] officials said on Friday that the US has once again refused to grant the watchdog access to terror detainees [press release] held in covert prisons following discussions between ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger and top White House officials in Washington and [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive], the convicted Sept. 11 [JURIST news archive] conspirator, was spared the death penalty [JURIST report] by a single member of the jury who remained anonymous throughout the deliberations, according to an article in Friday's Washington Post. The inside information was provided by the jury [read more]

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