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19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives [official website] announced Tuesday that they would postpone final negotiations on immigration reform legislation [JURIST news archive] until after hearings around the country in the coming months. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has told House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner to prepare [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of Louisiana's new law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. US District Judge James Brady [official profile] of the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] in Baton Rouge granted a temporary restraining order [PDF] requested by two industry [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Prisoners across Nepal [JURIST news archive] are demanding general amnesty following the release of more than 1,000 Maoist rebels [JURIST report], many of whom had been detained under a royal government anti-terrorism law [JURIST report] effectively scrapped [AP report] last week by the new parliamentary government in a gesture [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecutor-general of East Timor [JURIST news archive] has issued an arrest warrant for former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato, accused of giving weapons to a rebel group that targeted opponents of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri [official website; BBC profile]. The United Nations Office in East Timor [official website] said [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Barbados government [official website] on Tuesday asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) [official website] to overturn a legal precedent that blocks capital punishment in an effort to impose the death penalty on two convicted murderers. Jeffrey Joseph and Lennox Boyd were both sentenced to death by hanging [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk [BBC profile] and five colleagues went on trial Tuesday, with prosecutors calling for harsh punishment and defense lawyers responding that criminal penalties are inappropriate for academic fraud. Prosecutors charged [JURIST report] Hwang in May in the Seoul District Court with fraud, embezzlement and [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has ordered the Los Angeles County jail system [official website] to create an expert panel to oversee reform at Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail [official website], one of seven LA country jails that was marred by racially-motivated riots [JURIST report] by inmates earlier this year. [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] David Safavian [Wikipedia profile], former head of procurement for the US government, was convicted Tuesday of four of five felony charges stemming from the scandal surrounding former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. After five days of deliberations, a federal jury in Washington, DC, found Safavian guilty of [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Two UK law enforcement associations denounced parts of the pending Police and Justice Bill [parliamentary materials] on Tuesday and called on the House of Lords [official website] to amend it. In a press release [text], the Association of Chief Police Officers [group website] and the Association of Police Authorities [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] has rejected a bid by Latino and voter-advocacy groups to temporarily halt a requirement that voters show government-issued identification to prove that they are US citizens when they register to vote. The measure, which was approved in 2004 [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A former federal civil servant found guilty [JURIST report] earlier this month of defrauding the Canadian government of more than $1.6 million in the so-called sponsorship scandal [JURIST news archive] that helped bring down Canada's Liberal Party government in January was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison Monday. After [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation encountered "numerous systemic problems" during its investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive], "ranging from poor individual performance to more substantial systemic deficiencies that undermined the FBI's efforts to detect and prevent terrorism," according [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Newly released Pentagon documents [ACLU list] provide evidence of "desperate and immoral conditions" [press release] at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prior to the three suicides [JURIST report] there earlier this month, according to ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. The American Civil Liberties Union [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli government said Monday that it will review the path of the West Bank security barrier [official website; JURIST news archive] after the High Court of Justice [Judicial Authority website] last week ordered the state to take down a five-kilometer section of the barrier [JURIST report]. The court [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was transported out of Sierra Leone to the Netherlands Tuesday to await trial by the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website], according to Sierra Leone Vice-President Solomon Berewa [Wikipedia profile]. Taylor's transport comes just one day after the [read more]

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