Legal news from Friday, July 21, 2006
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israel found itself on the defensive with the United States as its most vocal ally in a Friday UN Security Council [official website] open meeting in which ambassadors from the Arab world and beyond condemned it for breaching international law in its attacks on Lebanon and, to a lesser [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Six high-level UN human rights officials Friday urged all parties in the Middle East conflict to respect and protect the rights of civilians eight days after the conflict spread to Lebanon. UN rights rapporteurs and representatives on internally displaced persons, housing, food, freedom of expression, health and education [official [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Christine Chanet [ICJ profile], the chair of the UN Human Rights Committee [official website], criticized the United States in comments to reporters Friday, accusing the US of avoiding its duty to submit to hearings regarding US conformity to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [text]. On Monday, [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa [BBC profile] has ratified a controversial protest law that some rights groups suggest could be inconsistent with common international rights standards. The Amendments to Law 18/1973 criminalizes unauthorized protests, prohibits foreign nationals from demonstrating, and bans demonstrators from certain public places such as [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge presiding over the case of former US Army soldier Steven Green has granted a three-month delay in Green's arraignment on rape and murder charges [JURIST report] of an Iraqi civilian and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive]. US District Judge Thomas Russell [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US Internal Revenue Service [official website] improperly applied 2003 Treasury Department regulations retroactively when it determined that the BLIPS tax shelter, which stands for "bond linked issue premium structure," is invalid. US District Judge John T. Ward's ruling comes in [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] African and black American leaders this week considered a proposal to grant dual citizenship to American descendants of African slaves in a bid to increase investment and interest in Africa [AllAfrica.com report]. Presidents from 12 African countries and American private sector leaders discussed the idea at a four-day summit [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], the nineteen-year-old Canadian citizen who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for more than four years, wrote a letter to his mother last week telling her that he has fired his US lawyers, the Globe and Mail reported Friday. A US [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The editor of Indonesian online newspaper Rakyat Merdeka will face trial for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] on the website in February, his lawyers said Friday. Editor Teguh Santosa was arrested by Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday night and was held for 24 hours before his [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps has denied a request by defense lawyers representing seven Marines and a Navy corpsman accused of murdering an unarmed Iraqi man [JURIST report] in April to visit the Hamdania site where the alleged murder occurred. The lawyers requested a site visit in an effort to [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A vote this week by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) [advocacy website] at its annual meeting [materials] in Seattle to change its name to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has drawn derision from critics of trial lawyers and the American litigation process. Incoming president Mike [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The top legal advisor to the US Secretary of State assured the UK on Friday that the three British bankers who were extradited to the US in connection with the Enron fraud scandal [JURIST news archive] will receive a fair trial, and that the extradition treaty is fair. In [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday made his first court appearance in The Hague since leaving Sierra Leone [JURIST report] last month. Taylor's lawyer Karim Khan told the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website], sitting at International Criminal Court (ICC) [official [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Doctors have warned Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] that his now two-week-long hunger strike could have adverse health effects, according to a US military spokesman Thursday. Hussein drinks coffee and fortified water, but has refused to eat [JURIST report] since July 7. Hussein began the hunger strike in protest [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Following the death of former Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] military leader Ta Mok [Trial Watch profile] Thursday, local observers say that with few top Khmer Rouge officials left to be prosecuted before the new Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [task force website; timeline] scheduled to begin holding trials next [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Americans for a Republican Majority (ARMPAC) [Wikipedia backgrounder], a political committee set up by former House Majority leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive], has agreed to shut down and pay a fine [press release] for improperly reporting financial activity. ARMPAC agreed [conciliation agreement, PDF] to the $115,000 penalty, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia [JURIST news archive] executed a man Thursday night using the electric chair, the first execution [JURIST news archive] by electrocution in the country in over two years. Brandon Wayne Hedrick, convicted of the rape and murder of a 23 year old women in 1998, chose electrocution over lethal [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indian authorities arrested three men Friday in connection with the July 11 Mumbai train bombings [BBC report] that killed over 180 people [Mumbai Police casualty list]. The three suspects arrested by authorities - Khaleel Aziz Sheikh, Kamal Ahmed Ansari and Mumtaz Ahmed Chowdhury - are not the same three [read more]

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