Legal news from Wednesday, June 28, 2006
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly [official website] on Wednesday renewed calls [JURIST report] for Russia to abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Russia recently assumed the rotating chairmanship of the COE's Committee of Ministers [official website]. The Assembly also suggested that if talks to persuade the US [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] has urged [press release] Nepal's Maoist Communist Party (CPN-M) [BBC profile; Wikipedia backgrounder] to end alleged abductions and other abuses committed by the party. In a letter following up on a meeting last week, the OHCHR [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Morgan Stanley [corporate website] asked a three-judge panel of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal [official website] on Wednesday to overturn a "disproportionate" 2005 jury verdict awarded [JURIST report] to billionaire financier and Revlon Chairman Ron Perelman. In oral arguments Wednesday, lawyer Bruce Rogow asserted [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday signed off on requirements for obtaining a photo ID card that citizens of Georgia [JURIST news archive] must present to vote in elections. Georgia's State Election Board [official website], which voted last week to clear the rules [summary and [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called for congressional action [statement] on regulation of the hedge fund industry, during a Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] hearing [meeting materials] Wednesday. Blumenthal told the panel that federal oversight was needed to fill a "regulatory void" and said that states would exercise their [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Terry Collins [official profile], director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction [official website] has set forth several changes in Ohio's lethal injection protocol in a report [PDF text] and letter [PDF text] addressed to Ohio Governor Bob Taft made public Wednesday. The changes were prompted by the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia is preparing to execute three men convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report], a spokesman from the Indonesian Attorney General's office said Wednesday. Under Indonesian law, spokesman Wayan Pasek Suarte could not disclose the location or date when the three men will be executed by firing [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge ruled Wednesday that control orders [JURIST report; BBC backgrounder] authorizing the electronic monitoring or house arrest of terror suspects where there is not enough evidence to prosecute or convict them violate Article 5 [text] of the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF text], which [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit seeking an order compelling Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official profile] to stop visiting the Yasukuni war shrine [shrine website], a shrine that honors all Japanese war dead, including war criminals. The lawsuit, filed by 137 Japanese and South Korean [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups have condemned the decision of the al-Warraq Misdemeanor Court in Egypt to sentence controversial newspaper editor Ibrahim Eissa [al-Ahram profile] to a year in prison for publishing a report critical of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile]. The case against Eissa, the former editor of the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A London-based civil liberties group has asked data-protection and privacy officials in more than a dozen countries to prevent the further release of confidential financial information [press release] to American authorities. The watchdog group, Privacy International [advocacy website], said Wednesday that it had filed complaints in 13 European nations, [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese officials have delayed the drafting of an interim constitution, which will allow Maoist rebels to join an interim government, for at least another two weeks, according to Laxman Prasad Aryal, a former Supreme Court Justice and leader of the six-person Nepali Interim Constitution Drafting Committee. The interim government [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk [official profile] on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision revoking citizenship from former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali [BBC profile], who was born in Somalia. Ali resigned from the Dutch parliament [JURIST report] in May after Verdonk declared Hirsi Ali's 1997 naturalization invalid because she lied [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former US attorney general turned Saddam Hussein defense lawyer Ramsey Clark [Salon.com profile] told a Washington press conference Tuesday that executing Saddam only would only precipitate more sectarian violence in Iraq. He made the comment only a few days after the New York Times reported that Hussein believes the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday held in the consolidated cases of Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Bustillo v. Johnson [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] that suppression of statements given to the police is not an appropriate remedy when police fail to inform foreign [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled in Beard v. Banks [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] Wednesday that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections [official website] could set regulations forbidding the most difficult inmates from reading and possessing general-interest newspapers and magazines, despite arguments that such [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Guards at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] found nooses in prisoners' cells after three detainees committed suicide [JURIST report] earlier this month by hanging themselves using clothing and bed linens, according to the US detention center's commander. Rear Adm. Harry Harris [SourceWatch profile] also said Tuesday that detainees stage [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] held Wednesday in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] and three other consolidated cases that only one of the new voting districts created by the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan [official website] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony [BBC profile] told the Times of London in an interview published Wednesday that he was "not guilty" of atrocities attributed to him, describing himself as a "freedom fighter" rather than a terrorist. Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Financial firm Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc [corporate website] on Tuesday agreed to pay a $10 million settlement [SEC press release] to the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] without admitting or denying allegations made by the SEC that Morgan Stanley failed to protect against potential misuse of [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] on Wednesday clarified vague portions of his national reconciliation proposal [text and press release], saying that no insurgent responsible for the death of Iraqis or coalition forces would be entitled to amnesty. In an interview with several US newspapers, al-Maliki saidThe fighter [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A two-year campaign to pass a physician-assisted suicide law in California [JURIST news archive] has failed by one vote in a legislative committee. The state's Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] voted 3-2 on Tuesday to reject the California Compassionate Choices Act [legislative materials; AB 651 text, PDF; advocacy website], [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] European Union nations may create additional requirements to family reunification where a child is older than 12 years old and arrives in the member nation as an immigrant before the rest of the family without violating fundamental family rights, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday. The ECJ dismissed [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] on Tuesday asked a federal judge in Detroit to dismiss a lawsuit [complaint, DOC] brought by eleven Democrats from the US House of Representatives seeking to halt the implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [PDF text]. The law was signed by [read more]

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