Legal news from Monday, May 15, 2006
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush on Monday evening announced the deployment of up to 6000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border as a prime element in a wide-ranging plan to 'fix' problems created by illegal immigration advanced in a nationally-televised address [transcript; recorded video; White House fact sheet] [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon Monday released the names of 759 current and former Guantanamo prisoners [PDF] pursuant to a court-approved agreement with the Associated Press, which had separately sued the Defense Department [AP report] under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the names of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Hollinger Inc. [corporate website], the Canadian holding company with an interest in the newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International [corporate website], has agreed to cooperate [press release] with the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] in the investigation and prosecution of former CEO Conrad Black [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] on Monday called for a "profound re-balancing of the civil liberties debate" in the United Kingdom as he announced a series of policy consultations over the next several months to discuss public service reform, including the criminal justice system, designed to help [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] European foreign ministers on Monday again promised progress toward admitting Serbia [JURIST news archive] to the European Union if war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is handed over promptly. The former Bosnian Serb general is wanted [Interpol warrant] in connection with the 1995 slaughter of [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jacob Zuma [party profile] has regained his position as deputy president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress [party website] after his acquittal [JURIST report] on charges of raping an HIV-positive woman. The ANC's Executive Committee decided Sunday to reinstate Zuma "without delay" [committee statement].Zuma, 64, still faces trial [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey will impose trade sanctions on France if the French parliament adopts a bill that would criminalize the denial that the World War I-era massacre of Armenians [ATI backgrounder] in Turkey constitutes genocide, according to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile]. As many as 1.5 million Armenians [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Northern Ireland Assembly [official website] convened for the first time in more than three years Monday but adjourned after only an hour. The 108 members observed a moment of silence for a Catholic teenager clubbed to death by a Protestant gang [BBC report] and signed registration books declaring [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in four cases Monday, including eBay v. MercExchange [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court ruled that federal courts need not automatically issue a permanent injunction after finding that there has been patent infringement. In [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] should undertake a series of reforms at its Scheveningen detention unit [BBC backgrounder] including reviewing arrangements to implement administrative court orders, separating detainees currently on trial or awaiting trial from those who have been found guilty, and decreasing the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was formally charged Monday with murder, torture and illegally arresting 399 people in Dujail as part of a crackdown in the town after an assassination attempt on Hussein's life. Hussein's trial [JURIST news archive] began in October, but under Iraqi criminal law [summary, PDF; [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, several civil and human rights groups have criticized the Indonesian government [official website in Bahasa Indonesian] for its refusal to prosecute [JURIST report] former Indonesian dictator General Suharto [BBC profile]. Public officials say that Suharto's continuing medical problems [JURIST report] keep him from being competent [read more]

05:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Leading UK human rights lawyers and activists are protesting the Blair government’s readiness to limit the application of the Human Rights Act [JURIST report] in the wake of a High Court decision [JURIST report] last week that permitted nine Afghan hijackers to remain in the UK. Speaking to [read more]

04:05 EDT

[JURIST] Stephen Hadley [official profile], President Bush’s national security advisor, defended [PDF transcript] the recently-exposed government program to collect data on private phone calls [JURIST report] Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, saying that it was legal and narrowly tailored. He said that the program does not involve listening to [read more]

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