Legal news from Wednesday, August 2, 2006
21:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] confirmed before a Senate panel Wednesday that the Bush administration is drafting legislation [JURIST report] authorizing military commissions [JURIST news archive] for terror detainees that will allow hearsay evidence and coerced testimony to be admitted against terrorism suspects, limit their rights against [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese Justice Minister Charles Rizk [Arab Decision profile] told Lebanese media Wednesday that Lebanon plans to send UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan a report outlining alleged war crimes committed by Israel in its conflict with Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] that could be the basis for prosecuting it in a special [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) [official website] to consider refund petitions filed by California state agencies and California businesses that claim refunds arising from the California energy crisis of 2000-2001 [PBS backgrounder] before the October 2, 2000 date set by the FERC. [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] PC hardware manufacturer Rambus [corporate website] unlawfully monopolized [press release] four markets for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) computer chips and deliberately withheld information about forthcoming patents on the technology from a technology-standards-setting group, according to an opinion released Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In the unanimous [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two Hamas officials - the Palestinian Minister for Prisoners' Affairs and a deputy speaker in the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website] - who were released from Israeli custody [SA report] this week told reporters Wednesday that they had been abused while detained. Wasfi Kabha and Hasan Khurayshah said that [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] has rejected a call by Polish President Lech Kaczynski [official profile] to review the EU ban on capital punishment [JURIST news archive], European Commission [official website] spokesman Steffan de Rynck said Wednesday. Kaczynski urged the EU to reconsider the death penalty [BBC report] last [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for a US soldier under investigation for civilian killings in Iraq filed a defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) [official website] in a Washington DC federal court. The suit alleges that Murtha falsely accused US Marine Corps sergeant Frank Wuterich [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Georgia has certified a class of more than 10,000 registered sex offenders living in Georgia that would be subject to a new state law [legislative materials] barring them from living or working within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, church, school or "area where [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) [official website] on Wednesday cleared the way for the UK to resume deportations of Zimbabwe citizens seeking asylum in Britain, overturning a previous decision [JURIST report] that all Zimbabwe citizens face a "real risk of serious harm" if deported. The AIT determination [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Eagle Global Logistics (EGL), a Houston based company hired by Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) [corporate websites] to ship military cargo to Iraq, has paid the government $4 million [press release] to settle potential claims under the False Claims Act [text] that it inflated invoices for Iraq [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Hardline Republicans in Kansas lost control of the Kansas Board of Education [official website] during a Tuesday primary vote that brought in more moderate conservatives who support the theory of evolution. The School Board garnered international attention last year when it upheld anti-evolution standards [JURIST report] in schools across [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Tuesday approved a measure [PDF text; HR 5683 summary] to seize land on Mount Soledad in San Diego, thus permitting the First Amendment [text], rather than the California constitution, to control the issue of whether a cross [image], erected on the land as a tribute [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) [official website] has completed its probe into the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [JURIST report] last November, and a Pentagon official indicated Wednesday that evidence supports accusations that US Marines from the Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment [official website] murdered the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the 9/11 Commission [official website] considered asking the US Justice Department to investigate suspected deception by government officials intended to hide mistakes in the Pentagon's response to the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive], the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The commissioners contemplated possible criminal charges under [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal [official profile, in Spanish] criticized presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] and supporters staging protests [JURIST report] in Mexico City, saying Tuesday that the protestors have set up an "illegal blockade" by effectively bringing Reforma Avenue and the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website] told reporters on Tuesday that the White House has changed its position on military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], and now favors an approach that would try suspected terrorist detainees under a system modeled more on the Uniform Code of Military [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ten permanent resident immigrants sued the federal government on Tuesday, arguing that their naturalization applications have been unnecessarily delayed by "the bureaucratic failings and callous inaction" of the FBI and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [official website] in delaying "name checks" required before applications can be granted. The [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has banned the media and public from observing witness testimony of Iraqis in upcoming Article 32 hearings [Navy JAG backgrounder] for five US Army soldiers charged [JURIST report] in connection with the rape of an Iraqi teenager and the murder of her and her family in [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed the convictions [opinion text, PDF] of four former Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executives found guilty in connection with an Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Nigerian barge scam. The Fifth Circuit overturned conspiracy and wire [read more]

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