Legal news from Thursday, June 29, 2006
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman [official profile; campaign website] and former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] on Thursday were convicted [DOJ press release] of federal bribery and fraud charges [JURIST report]. Siegelman was convicted on 10 counts, including bribery, conspiracy, and mail fraud. Scrushy was [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], the Canadian citizen who is detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and charged with killing a US Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan, said Thursday they will seek his extradition to Canada. The request follows Thursday's US Supreme Court [official website] ruling [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution [press release] endorsing the draft International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance [PDF text], which would require signatories to refrain from engaging in forced disappearances [Wikipedia backgrounder; UNHCHR materials]. The convention defines forced [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official website; Wikipedia profile] has said that the ruling coalition government in the Netherlands will resign Friday after losing the support of one of the parties making up the coalition due to the treatment of a Dutch lawmaker whose citizenship was nearly revoked. [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] have requested a one-month delay in the trial, which would push the scheduled start date back to February 12, 2007. Lead defense attorney Theodore V. Wells Jr. requested the delay to accommodate a securities fraud trial he [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan should criminalize torture and end the use of special courts that protect accused police and intelligence officials, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [official website] told a press conference following the conclusion of his two-day visit to Jordan [JURIST news archive]. Nowak said he has evidence that [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday struck down [ruling, PDF] a regulatory provision barring same-sex couples from raising foster children, saying that it found no connection between homosexuality and child-rearing ability. The state child welfare agency had appealed a lower court ruling against section 200.3.2 of the Arkansas Minimum Licensing [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ta Mok [Trial Watch profile], the former military chief of the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] communist movement in Cambodia who was indicted for genocide in 1999, entered a hospital Thursday as his health continues to deteriorate since becoming sick in jail last week, according to his lawyer. The [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The administration will work with Congress within the boundaries set by the Supreme Court in Thursday's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision [JURIST report] to "determine whether or not the military tribunals will be an avenue in which to give [Guantanamo Bay detainees] their day in court," President Bush said [transcript] [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A leading member of the Catholic Church expressed concern Thursday that the Church could be prosecuted for some of its traditional religious positions against abortion, same-sex marriage and stem cell research [JURIST news archives]. In an interview [transcript, in Italian] with leading Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana [media website, [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] South Korea's Constitutional Court [official website] on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional provisions in the controversial Newspaper Law and the Press Arbitration Law that restrict the circulation of three conservative daily newspapers and authorize the government to compel newspaper retractions without a court order. The Wednesday ruling is based [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Franco Frattini [official website], the EU commissioner for justice, freedom and security, has proposed [press release] that national governments of EU member states shift regulation of law enforcement cooperation, cross-border policing and basic rights for criminal suspects to the European level. Referencing the "bridging" clause found in Article 42 [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN's top humanitarian expert told the UN Security Council [official website] Wednesday that immediate action must to be taken to prevent civilian deaths [meeting summary] in ongoing armed conflicts in several countries. Jan Egeland [official profile], UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that "In Iraq, Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Campaign Against Impunity [advocacy website], a group of 300 African and international civil society bodies, has urged the African Union Assembly [official website] to call on Senegal to try former Chad President Hissene Habre [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said Thursday. The AU [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] ordered the 2000 killing of communist-era Serbian President Ivan Stambolic [Guardian obituary], his former mentor, to consolidate his hold on power in the former Yugoslavia, Serbia's Supreme Court said in a ruling Thursday that rejected the appeal of eight policemen convicted [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Los Angeles has given preliminary approval to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Yahoo! Inc. [corporate website] overcharged for pay-per-click advertising. As part of the agreement, approved Wednesday by US District Judge Christina Snyder [official profile] of the Central District of California [official [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A group of nine low-income citizens filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] Wednesday seeking to enjoin legislation requiring proof of citizenship for Medicaid beneficiaries [legislation backgrounder, PDF] from taking effect on July 1. Families USA [advocacy website] sued US [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that the US Supreme Court [official website] has ruled that military commissions [DOD materials] at Guantanamo Bay are illegal under military law and the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], holding in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST news archive], that President Bush did not [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday upheld Arizona's law governing insanity defenses in criminal cases, ruling in Clark v. Arizona [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] that the state's approach does not violate constitutional due process. In June 2000 at the age of 17, [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Recent British court rulings against the legality of control orders [JURIST report] restricting terror suspects have precipitated a "constitutional crisis" in the UK, according to Labour Party MP John Denham [official profile], chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee [official website], speaking Thursday on BBC Radio 4 [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's parliament [official website, English version] has approved legislation that would subject the news media to more state control. It will not take effect unless signed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, English version], who vetoed a similar law [RFE report; US statement] in 2004. The new legislation provides [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian-born terror suspect David Hicks [JURIST news archive] will serve his prison sentence in Australia if convicted by a US military commission [JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Australian Justice Minister Chris Ellison [official profile] said Thursday. Hicks, captured in Afghanistan by US forces in 2001 [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A commission headed by the chief judge of New York [JURIST news archive] has recommended that a permanent state commission be established to assume control of the state's indigent legal service systems to ensure that they meet the constitutional requirements for providing adequate representation. Speaking at a news conference [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] filed a civil lawsuit [PDF complaint; press release] in federal court Wednesday alleging that at least six current and former employees of BP North America [corporate website] manipulated propane prices in 2004 by using BP's dominant market position to increase [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] has defeated a measure that would have barred the US Justice Department from collecting evidence in violation of the "knock and announce" rule. The House voted 310-109 [roll call] late Wednesday to reject an amendment offered by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) [official [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli military arrested seven Palestinian Cabinet ministers and some 20 lawmakers Thursday as tensions mounted [NYT report] between Israel [JURIST news archive] and Palestinians sparked by the Sunday abduction of Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit in Gaza. Israel Army Radio [Wikipedia backgrounder; media website] indicated that Israel may [read more]

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