Legal news from Friday, July 7, 2006
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy ordered Friday that a temporary stay [JURIST report] against the removal of a monumental cross on city property in San Diego be continued until the Ninth Circuit hears an appeal on the cross's removal this fall. Kennedy issued the original stay of a [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [official website], part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, issued a final rule Thursday clarifying proof of citizenship [CMS materials] required to apply for Medicaid benefits. The new rule exempts mostly elderly and disabled applicants who have previously applied [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush repeated earlier calls [JURIST report] for a compromise immigration reform bill [JURIST news archive] that would satisfy the demands of both House and Senate leaders during a press conference [transcript] in Chicago Friday. After promoting the use of the voluntary Basic Pilot Employment Verification Program [backgrounder], an [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg [official website] Friday threw out a ban on women teachers wearing religious headscarves [JURIST news archive]. The case originated when Baden-Wuerttemberg passed a law [JURIST report] in 2004 forbidding "outward expressions that undermine the neutrality of the government or peace between [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri [BBC profile] was again summoned on Friday for questioning on July 20 by the lead prosecutor of East Timor, this time as a suspect, to answer questions in an investigation into the distribution of illegal weapons to local militias. Alkatiri refused an [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Japan circulated a new UN Security Council [official website] draft resolution on Friday, tougher than a previous draft resolution [text] circulated earlier this week [JURIST report], that would direct states to take whatever steps necessary to prevent North Korea [JURIST news archive] from obtaining materials that could be used [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Robert Petit [Globalpolicy.org profile], the Canadian international co-prosecutor for the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [official task force website; timeline] cautioned reporters Friday at a Phnom Penh news conference that the court's investigation process, set to begin Monday, could take months to return its indictments due the complexity of the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Rebels in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder] rejected an offer of amnesty from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [official website; BBC profile] on Friday, calling the offer redundant. Museveni promised rebel leader Joseph Kony [BBC profile] conditional amnesty [JURIST report] if he denounces terrorism and if upcoming LRA [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge ruled Friday that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] should stand trial in November on alleged embezzlement, false accounting, tax fraud and money laundering charges in connection with a TV rights deals involving family company Mediaset [corporate website]. Preliminary hearings [JURIST [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Friday increased the sentence for former Rwandan mayor Sylvestre Gacumbitsi [case materials] to life in prison [press release], revising his 30-year prison sentence [JURIST report], handed down in 2004. The ICTR convicted [judgment] Gacumbitsi of [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The German Bundesrat [official website], the upper house of parliament, approved a landmark package of constitutional reforms [official backgrounder, in German] aimed at separating and clarifying the powers of the federal and state governments. The legislation passed the lower house of parliament [JURIST report], the Bundestag, last week by [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian radio regulators have enjoined 60 radio stations from broadcasting material produced by Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [media websites], citing violations of licensing laws. Re-broadcast licenses were stripped from the 60 stations because, according to regulators, the stations failed to indicate that they intended [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] David Hicks [JURIST news archive], the Australian-born terror suspect held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], told family members that conditions at the detention center have worsened in the wake of three detainee suicides [JURIST report] in June, Hicks' lawyer David McLeod said Thursday. Hicks told family members that [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] France intends to grant residency papers to thousands of immigrant families with children in French schools, government officials said Thursday. Many children and their parents faced deportation at the end of the French school year after a deportation moratorium was to expire, but French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The new center-left government under Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi [official profile; BBC profile] is considering granting citizenship to immigrants who have legally resided in Italy for five or more years, Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato [Wikipedia profile] said Thursday during a public debate in Rome. Amato rejected proposals [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Iraqi deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein's regime, has gone on hunger strike to protest the refusal of prison authorities to grant him access to his lawyer, a member of his legal team said Thursday. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Keir-Kevin Curry, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. George Casey [official profiles], commander of US forces in Iraq, have promised an open investigation into the rape and murder of a young woman and her family in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive], saying the alleged acts were "absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable." [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday denounced recent Israeli military operations [press release] in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and voted to approve a resolution [PDF text] calling on Israelis and Palestinians to refrain from violence against civilians, saying the Israeli offensive breaches international humanitarian [read more]

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