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Legal news from Monday, June 12, 2006

[JURIST] A European Parliament [official website] committee [official website] approved a report Monday that supports allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] was "directly responsible for the illegal seizure, removal, abduction and detention of terrorist suspects" in Europe. The report [draft text, PDF], organized by committee rapporteur Giovanni … [read more]

[JURIST] The number of illegal Mexican migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border in Arizona has dropped significantly due to US National Guard [official website] troops working to extend border fences and repair roads in the area, according to reports by US officials Monday. The US Border Patrol [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] JURIST [FAQ] received the Webby People's Voice Award [poll website; Webby Awards website] for Law at the 10th Annual Webby Awards ceremony in New York Monday evening. Called the "online Oscars" by TIME magazine and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbys" … [read more]

[JURIST] The new government of Nepal [JURIST news archive] has ordered the release of anyone arrested or detained under an anti-terrorism law [JURIST report] implemented by King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], according to Nepal's Information Minister Dilendra Badu on Monday. Krishna Mahara, a rebel spokesman, said that the administration … [read more]

[JURIST] Four defense witnesses in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Monday that they were coerced into testifying by the former Iraqi president's bodyguards and coached by his lead lawyer. Two of the witnesses said in confessions read in court that they had been offered $500 bribes … [read more]

[JURIST] A family court judge in Reno, Nevada, was shot while standing near a courthouse window Monday, and police are searching for a sniper. Judge Chuck Weller [official website; RGJ profile], of the Second Judicial District Court [official website] in Washoe County, was shot four times in the chest about … [read more]

[JURIST] Jordanian authorities have detained four lawmakers from the Islamic Action Front (IAF) [party website, in Arabic], the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder], who allegedly expressed sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] by visiting Zarqawi's relatives in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Monday argued in court for the first time that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] is legal. Anthony J. Coppolino, special litigation counsel for the DOJ, argued in the US District Court for the Eastern District of … [read more]

[JURIST] Fourteen of the 17 Canadian men arrested on terror charges [JURIST report], including five teenagers, appeared Monday in the Ontario Court of Justice [official website], where lawyers for some of the adult suspects complained that their clients had been beaten by guards and held in solitary confinement, among other … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that the country's attorney general must reopen corruption charges against former President Suharto [CNN profile], saying that the charges should not have been dropped, but Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh said Monday that he would appeal the decision. Saleh dropped … [read more]

[JURIST] Spain's National Court said Monday it would investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] used an airport on the island of Mallorca in its alleged "spider's web" of extraordinary rendition flights to transport terror suspects. The investigation comes in response to a report [PDF text; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith [official profile] defended the UK's court-martial system Monday, stating that the decision to prosecute four British soldiers for the drowning death of a 15-year old Iraqi boy in 2003 was not politically motivated. Goldsmith conceded that the quality of evidence in the court-martial, … [read more]

[JURIST] Violent crime - consisting of violent murders, robberies and aggravated assaults - increased in 2005 for the first time since 2001, according to the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report [text; press release; additional materials] released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] Monday. Murders increased by 23 percent … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two cases Monday, including Hill v. McDonough [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that a death row inmate can challenge the constitutionality of a state's method of lethal injection [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hamas party [ICT backgrounder], which controls the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website], launched a challenge to a referendum [JURIST report] proposed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile], calling an emergency debate Monday on whether a referendum is legal under Palestinian law. Abbas set a date of July … [read more]

[JURIST] Military officials said Sunday that the three Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who committed suicide [JURIST report] Saturday by hanging themselves with bedsheets and clothing - identified [AP report] as Saudis Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, and Yemeni Ali Abdullah Ahmed - took steps … [read more]

[JURIST] An American defense lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] accused the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] on Monday of not giving the defense team enough time to present their case on behalf of Hussein and his seven co-defendants. Curtis Doebbler [Wikipedia profile] criticized Chief Judge Raouf … [read more]

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