Legal news from Monday, July 31, 2006
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Monday "strongly condemned" the weekend Israeli bombing of the Lebanese village of Qana [JURIST report] that resulted in the deaths of some 60 civilians - including 37 children - and said that an independent investigation is necessary [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two British men who face fraud charges in the US related to the Enron scandal [JURIST news archive] are searching for new lawyers, according to papers filed Monday by counsel for a third British man also facing trial. The trial date for the three former NatWest [corporate website] bankers [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Several hundred thousand protestors camped out in Mexico City's major business district Monday to rally against the defeat of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] in the country's July 2 election [JURIST report] and call for a ballot recount. The protestors, who were [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Corruption charges filed [JURIST report] last week against former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] have been dropped after the head of the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) [official website] was suspended, Malawi's director of public prosecutions said Monday. President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile; BBC profile], Muluzi's hand-picked successor, [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The parliament of Afghanistan [JURIST news archive; official website] on Monday confirmed Abdul Salam Hazami as chief justice of the Afghan Supreme Court [Wikipedia backgrounder] after rejecting an earlier nominee put forward by President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile]. Hazami's new nomination was approved by a vote of 158-16, with [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Texas Republican Party [party website] argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] Monday that the GOP should be allowed to remove former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] from the November ballot because he no longer lives [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Italian intelligence official has told prosecutors that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] had planned to kidnap more than 10 Muslims suspected of terrorism from Italy and elsewhere and deliver them to Middle Eastern countries for interrogation and detention, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday. Gen. Gustavo [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has blocked a Minnesota law [text] scheduled to take effect Tuesday that would have imposed a fine of up to $25 on minors who purchase video games rated for adults and would have required retailers to post notice of the fines. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former telecommunications executive Clark McLeod has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official profile], Spitzer's office announced [NY AG press release] Monday. Spitzer filed the lawsuit [complaint, PDF; AG press release] in 2002, alleging that McLeod, former chairman [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] ruled Monday that a state law prohibiting felons from voting while on parole does not violate the Colorado Constitution. The unanimous court affirmed the decision of the Denver district court, holding that parole is part of a convict's "full term of imprisonment," even [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The judge presiding over the much-anticipated corruption trial of former South Africa deputy president Jacob Zuma [party profile] Monday postponed proceedings until September 5. The prosecution sought to have the trial postponed for further investigation, while the defense sought to have the case withdrawn. Zuma was indicted on corruption [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli authorities have sentenced an army officer to 28 days in a military prison for refusing to serve in the ongoing Israeli military campaign in Lebanon [JURIST news archive], according to Israeli media reports Monday. Reserve Captain Amir Paster, 32, an infantry officer and a student at Tel Aviv [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court [official website] on Monday denied a bid [JURIST report] by a British lesbian couple married in Canada to have their marriage recognized by British law, saying that the traditional British definition of marriage refers only to a union between a man and a woman with [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Monday passed a resolution giving Iran [JURIST news archive] until August 31 to halt uranium enrichment and threatening sanctions if it does not comply. Resolution 1696 [text], adopted 14-1 with Qatar voting against, nonetheless requires additional Security Council discussion before sanctions can actually [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US federal judges grant and deny asylum to asylum seekers at a disparate rate in the United States, according a study [text] by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) [official website] released Sunday. The report examined nearly 300,000 immigration cases from 1994-2005, and found that ten percent of immigration [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [advocacy website] said Monday in the immediate wake of Israel's airstrike [JURIST report] on the south Lebanon village of Qana that it was "alarmed" at what it described as the "recurring lack of respect for international humanitarian law by the warring [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] ICTY Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte [official profile] has appealed the two-year prison sentence [press release] for Naser Oric [ICTY case backgrounder], a former senior commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica convicted of war crimes [JURIST report]. The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] convicted [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sexual violence in US prisons, perpetrated by both inmates and prison staff, often goes unreported [DOJ press release] because abused inmates fear a reprisal or do not trust prison staff, according to a US Department of Justice report [text, PDF; summary] released Sunday. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice [read more]

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