Legal news from Friday, June 16, 2006
21:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Defense documents released Friday chronicle multiple mistreatments of Iraqi prisoners by US personnel in 2003 and 2004 but stop short of labeling the instances of mistreatment illegal, describing them instead as "wrong." Over 1000 pages of US military documents handed over to the ACLU pursuant to [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Friday unanimously agreed to a resolution [summary and text] authorizing the pending war crimes trial of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to be shifted from the facilities of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL} in Freetown, Sierra [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's government and the Maoist rebels on Friday agreed to draft an interim constitution within 15 days and dissolve the parliament reinstated by the popular people's uprising [JURIST news archive] in April this year. Surprisingly, the Maoists [BBC backgrounder], who have been waging a people's war over a decade, [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Romania has concluded an investigation into alleged secret CIA prisons [COE materials] located near Romanian airports in Europe's "spider's web" [COE graphic] of CIA rendition flights [JURIST news archive], finding no evidence that the country hosted secret prisons or cooperated in rendition flights. A committee of the Romanian Senate [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] During a two-day European Union summit in Brussels [Financial Times report], German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website in German; BBC profile] told reporters Friday that attempts to revive the European Constitution will be delayed until 2008 and won't occur during Germany's six-month presidency of the European Council as Germany [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] on Friday took control of the case of Australian David Hicks [JURIST news archive], an accused Taliban member who has been detained at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for over four years. The UK High Court has ruled [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The kickback fraud case against leading class action law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman [firm website] has hit unexpected delays as five judges from the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website], which covers Los Angeles, have recused themselves from the case. The five [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] has threatened to subpoena administration documents on its warrantless domestic spying program [JURIST news archive] if US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales does not respond to Specter's requests to answer questions on domestic spying and a host of other issues, [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Colorado Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [text] Thursday that a 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage, remanding a case involving the common-law marriage between a 38-year Willis Rouse and a teenage girl for a lower court to determine the validity of their marriage. The appellate [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Japan [JURIST news archive] on Friday dismissed the appeal of a lawsuit brought in 1997 by 42 Chinese plaintiffs against the Japanese government and ten Japanese corporations seeking compensation for forced labor, saying the statute of limitations has expired on claims arising out of events [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Maryland American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [advocacy websites] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in Baltimore Circuit Court [official website] Thursday alleging that Baltimore police systematically arrest people and hold them for hours without charge [press release]. The [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Thursday narrowly voted down [official record] a motion to disallow a regulation approved by Australia Governor-General Michael Jeffrey [official website] allowing the federal government to effectively veto the Civil Unions Bill 2006 [text], recently passed by the legislature in the of the Australian [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock [official profile], responding Friday to a independent review of new security laws, defended the government's power to define which groups are terrorist organizations subject to criminal penalties. The Security Legislation Review Committee [materials], a public and independent body charged with reviewing the Security Acts dealing [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pusho Ibrahim Ali Daza Yei, Iraq's deputy justice minister, has said that Shiite militias [CFR backgrounder] control Iraq's prison system and that Iraq "cannot control the prisons." Yei said that Shiite militiamen free other militia members that have been convicted of major crimes, while executing Sunni inmates. In a [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for the US Marines accused of killing 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha [JURIST report] last November plan to scrutinize the authenticity of the videotape [AP report] described in the TIME magazine report [text] that first prompted an investigation into the deaths, should charges be filed against the [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US military on Friday said that the Army's Criminal Investigation Command [official website] will conduct an investigation [CENTCOM press release] into the deaths of three detainees in US custody in the Salahaddin province of Iraq, located north of Baghdad. The investigation into deaths, which occurred on or around [read more]

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