Legal news from Friday, May 26, 2006
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of public urging [White House statement] from President Bush, Congressional leaders Friday took steps to damp down a brewing constitutional conflict with the US Department of Justice over a weekend FBI search [JURIST report] of the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA). House Speaker Dennis Hastert [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] An ongoing investigation into the November 2005 deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in the city of Haditha has yielded evidence indicating that the US Marines may have committed murders, according to a senior military officer speaking to AP Friday on condition of anonymity. The investigation was launched in [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Martha Stewart [JURIST news archive] has opted to deny allegations of insider trading brought in a civil lawsuit by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] rather than settle the charges. Stewart's Thursday response to an SEC complaint [text] claims she acted in good [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the federal judge in the CIA leak case against former Vice-Presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile] has granted part of Libby's request to issue subpoenas to TIME magazine and the New York Times for correspondence and other journalistic materials related to the leak [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has ordered the US Department of Defense to expedite processing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text; DOJ materials] request submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several student groups regarding the alleged use of a terrorist database to spy on organizers of [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following US Senate passage of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 [S 2611 summary; JURIST news archive] on Thursday, observers suggested Friday that President Bush is likely to play an important role in reconciling the Senate plan with the more conservative Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal in London [official website] Friday refused to grant a stay of extradition to Farid Hilali, an alleged UK contact for the September 11 hijackers who is being deported to Spain to face terrorism charges for associating with convicted Al-Qaida member Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas [Washington [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Moscow on Friday upheld a ban on an international gay pride parade [program, PDF] scheduled to take place in the Russian capital on Saturday after gay activists appealed the decision [GayRussia.ru report] of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov [MosNews profile] rejecting the application of parade organizers. The [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian judge Friday found Nurpashi Kulayev [Wikipedia profile] guilty of all charges for his role in the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report], sentencing him to life in prison. Kulayev was charged [JURIST report] with terrorism and murder, and earlier this month, the judge ruled [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] took the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair to task Friday for urging [JURIST report] the European Court of Human Rights [official website] to revisit its absolute prohibition against deporting people to states where they may be tortured and [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Belarus Ministry of Justice [official website] has asked the Belarus Supreme Court to close down the Belarus Helsinki Committee [advocacy website], a leading human rights group that has consistently criticized the authoritarian government of President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile]. A Ministry motion to the Supreme Court [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] As the British Ministry of Defence [official website] continues investigating the deaths of several Iraqi detainees in British military custody [Scotsman report], a military tribunal judge on Thursday found a British soldier not guilty of manslaughter for allegedly forcing a 15-year-old Iraqi to swim across a Basra canal where [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The full US Senate has approved the nomination of Air Force General Michael Hayden [official profile] to head the Central Intelligence Agency [official website] by a vote of 78-15 [roll call]. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) was notably one of the senators opposed. The nomination went to [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Friday confirmed the nomination of White House staffer Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by a margin of 57-36 [roll call] after a test vote Thursday cleared the way for his approval [AP report]. Kavanaugh [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Vicente Fox [official profile] on Thursday applauded the US Senate's approval of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 [S 2611 summary; JURIST news archive] that would tighten border security and allow illegal immigrants to follow a path to citizenship. Though Fox has criticized parts of the [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday remanded [opinion text, PDF] an appeal from the Atlanta-based Cobb County School District [official website] asking the court to overturn [JURIST report] a district court decision [text; JURIST report] requiring the school district to remove stickers [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of Thursday's release [JURIST report] by UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] of a disclosure statement [text] outlining his actions in rendering advice on the legality of the Iraq war to the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair in the days before invasion, government critics [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] in Kandahar said Friday that some 34 Afghan civilians were killed in a US airstrike on a village in the south of the country earlier this week along with about 35 "unknown people" believed to be militants. The [read more]

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