A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Monday, June 12, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

A European Parliament committee approved a report Monday that supports allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency was "directly responsible for the illegal seizure, removal, abduction and detention of terrorist suspects" in Europe. The report, organized by committee rapporteur Giovanni Claudio Fava, passed by a vote of 25 …

[read more]
by Holly Manges Jones

The number of illegal Mexican migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border in Arizona has dropped significantly due to US National Guard troops working to extend border fences and repair roads in the area, according to reports by US officials Monday. The US Border Patrol said that detentions have fallen 23 percent along the Arizona …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

JURIST received the Webby People's Voice Award 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, the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring excellence in Web design, …

[read more]
by Holly Manges Jones

The new government of Nepal has ordered the release of anyone arrested or detained under an anti-terrorism law implemented by King Gyanendra, according to Nepal's Information Minister Dilendra Badu on Monday. Krishna Mahara, a rebel spokesman, said that the administration has promised to release the last 350 insurgents still imprisoned …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

Four defense witnesses in the trial of Saddam Hussein 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 for their testimony, while two others said their families had …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

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, of the Second Judicial District Court in Washoe County, was shot four times in the chest about 11:15 AM local time Monday and taken to a local …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

Jordanian authorities have detained four lawmakers from the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, who allegedly expressed sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by visiting Zarqawi's relatives in his native Jordan, according to a report Monday by Jordan's …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

The US Department of Justice on Monday argued in court for the first time that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program is legal. Anthony J. Coppolino, special litigation counsel for the DOJ, argued in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan that a lawsuit against the National Security …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

Fourteen of the 17 Canadian men arrested on terror charges, including five teenagers, appeared Monday in the Ontario Court of Justice, where lawyers for some of the adult suspects complained that their clients had been beaten by guards and held in solitary confinement, among other instances of ill treatment. One other suspect will appear in …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

A court in Indonesia ruled Monday that the country's attorney general must reopen corruption charges against former President Suharto, 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 the charges because of the former dictator's poor …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

Spain's National Court said Monday it would investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency 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 released last week by the Council of Europe (CoE) …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith 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, which acquitted three of the soldiers last week and another …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

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 released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Monday. Murders increased by 23 percent in Houston, 14 percent in Philadelphia and 10 percent in …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court handed down decisions in two cases Monday, including Hill v. McDonough, where the Court held that a death row inmate can challenge the constitutionality of a state's method of lethal injection under 42 USC 1983 even when all other appeals …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

The Hamas party, which controls the Palestinian Legislative Council, launched a challenge to a referendum proposed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, calling an emergency debate Monday on whether a referendum is legal under Palestinian law. Abbas set a date of July 26 for a vote on a "national reconciliation" …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

Military officials said Sunday that the three Guantanamo Bay detainees who committed suicide Saturday by hanging themselves with bedsheets and clothing - identified as Saudis Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, and Yemeni Ali Abdullah Ahmed - took steps to conceal themselves from patrolling guards as they hung themselves …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

An American defense lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial accused the Iraqi High Tribunal 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 criticized Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman for not responding to defense motions and …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.