Legal news from Tuesday, July 18, 2006
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] The state of Missouri [JURIST news archive] must give all prison inmates access to abortion [JURIST news archive] a federal judge in Kansas City ruled [PDF text] Tuesday. US District Judge Dean Whipple [official profile] ruled last year in Roe v. Crawford that Missouri had to provide a particular [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted [roll call] Tuesday afternoon to increase federal funding for embryonic stem cell research [JURIST news archive], but the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act [PDF text; HR 810 summary] fell four votes shy of the two-thirds supermajority needed to survive an expected White House veto [JURIST [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Islamic militant group Hezbollah [US State Dept. backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] violated international humanitarian law [ICRC backgrounder] and likely committed war crimes [press release] by firing the rockets that have killed at least a dozen Israelis [Israel MFA report], whether the attacks were targeted at civilians or merely indiscriminate, Human [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [Amnesty International appeal; Wikipedia profile] says he has received a five-year prison sentence for disclosing confidential information and engaging in propaganda against the regime, even though neither he nor his lawyers appeared in court or saw the primary evidence against him. Working with [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US House of Representatives [official website] has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. House leaders scheduled the vote [JURIST report] on the Marriage Protection Amendment [PDF text; H.J. Res. 88 summary] despite a failed vote on the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] BetOnSports PLC [corporate profile] and its chief executive are among four corporations and 11 individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud for allegedly accepting illegal sports bets online. The indictment, returned on June 1 but only unsealed Monday, also [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading class-action law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman [firm website] has pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in US District Court in Los Angeles. In a message e-mailed to the media after Monday's arraignment, the firm described its indictment [PDF text] as "unprecedented and unfair" and [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] has expressed continued concern for the human rights situation in Iraq [JURIST news archive] in its latest bi-monthly report [PDF text], welcoming the new Iraqi government's "firm commitment to address forcefully urgent human rights concerns" while establishing democracy, but [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Tuesday that President Bush personally put an end to an internal Justice Department investigation into the role DOJ lawyers played in designing the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. During a Department [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Louisiana officials arrested a doctor and two nurses Monday night in connection with patient deaths at the Memorial Medical Center [hospital website] in New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] hit last year. Though prosecutors have not formally charged the three - Dr. Anna Pou, Cheri Landry [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Monday rejected a request to ban a political party that wants to lower the age of sexual consent from 16 to 12, saying "the freedom to set up a political party" can be viewed as "the basis for a democratic society." Opponents had asked The [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate continues debate Tuesday on embryonic stem cell research [JURIST news archive] funding with a vote set for Tuesday afternoon on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act [text; HR 810 summary] to provide government funding for stem cell research, despite a definitive statement [PDF text] from the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [HRW backgrounder] on Monday added war crimes to the charges against Momcilo Mandic, the former Bosnian Serb justice minister in the wartime government under Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Mandic has been charged [press release] [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Serbia issued a new international arrest warrant Monday for Mirjana Markovic [BBC profile], the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. The court issued the warrant because Markovic on multiple occasions has failed to appear in court [JURIST report] on abuse of power [read more]

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