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Legal news from Thursday, August 3, 2006
22:08 EDT

[JURIST] Three US Marines have been charged with assault in the village of Hamdania in April this year, according to a late Thursday report by AP, citing US military officials. The April 10 incident came to light during a military investigation of seven Marines and one Navy corpsman [JURIST report] [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] As a panel of three federal judges heard arguments Thursday about how to redraw Texas' 23rd Congressional District without diluting minority votes in violation of the Voting Rights Act [text; DOJ backgrounder], US Circuit Judge Patrick Higginbotham said Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) [official website] will likely be "the odd [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Missouri voters lacking acceptable identification under a Missouri law [SB 1014 summary; text] that requires voters to show photo IDs at the polls [MO Revenue Dept. backgrounder] filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming the law could keep people from the polls in November. Though the plaintiffs claim [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Republicans cannot remove former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] from the November congressional ballot, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [PDF] Thursday. Tina Benkiser, chairwoman of the Texas Republican Party [party website] wanted to [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] on Thursday accepted the nomination [press release] of political rival Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] to serve as the country's prime minister, ending weeks of speculation that Yushchenko's rejection of the nomination would prompt a constitutional crisis [JURIST report]. Yanukovych's Party of [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley [official website] Thursday signed into law [press release] a bill establishing an innocence inquiry commission [H1323 summary] which will review appeals by inmates who claim they have been wrongly convicted. The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is modeled after the system in the United [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] US-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that indiscriminate Israeli air and artillery strikes on Lebanese civilians cannot be systematically dismissed as accidents [HRW statement] and called several of Israel's attacks "war crimes" in a new report [text]. HRW has been investigating the continuing Middle [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angel Merkel [official website] called the conditions in the remote Siberia prison [JURIST report] holding former Yukos [corporate website] Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] "unacceptable" in a letter published Thursday, and said that the German government had called on Russia to respect [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The new French iTunes copyright legislation [legislative materials, in French] went into effect Thursday, allowing French regulators to force Apple Computer [corporate website] to make its iPod player compatible with songs downloaded from other Internet music stores, and downloads from its iTunes service compatible with other players. The French [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's High Level Probe Commission Thursday questioned army chief Pyar Jung Thapa as part of the panel's continuing investigation of alleged human rights abuses during pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] in April which brought an end to the 14-month direct rule of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile]. Dilli [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Four US Army soldiers charged [JURIST report] with the premeditated murder of Iraqi detainees refused to testify during their Article 32 hearing [Navy JAG backgrounder] Thursday, following the lead of several superior officers who invoked their right not to incriminate themselves at the hearing. The four men from the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Malawian court Wednesday sentenced the former principal secretary in the country's Ministry of Education [official website] to two years in jail for "aiding and abetting the theft of public funds," making him the most senior civil servant to be sentenced as the African nation continues a crackdown on [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] British anti-war campaigners have unveiled a legal campaign against the British government's involvement in the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive], seeking to stop flights carrying weapons sent from the United States to Israel from stopping at British airports. Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar [Scotsman profile] said that [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on previous consultations with Republican lawmakers [JURIST report], US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] said on Capitol Hill Wednesday that Congress should clarify the definition of war crimes prohibited by Common Article 3 [text] of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], suggesting that "a definite and clear [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Oyez profile] Wednesday ordered [PDF] the full disclosure of records from a lawsuit filed by four Connecticut librarians against the FBI [official website] challenging a National Security Letter (NSL) [text, PDF; ACLU backgrounder] they received last year. The four librarians refused to [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] on Wednesday agreed to delay the trial of terror suspect Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and two co-defendants until January 22 after defense attorneys said they will not be ready to begin the trial in September as scheduled. Padilla's attorneys complained that [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee [official website] on Wednesday postponed consideration [press release] of the Indian Trust Reform Act [HR 4322 summary], legislation that would settle a decade-old class-action lawsuit [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] brought by Native Americans alleging the mismanagment of American Indian money [DOI Indian [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A California jury on Wednesday found Merck [corporate website] not liable for causing the heart attack [Merck press release] of 71-year old Stewart Grossberg, determining Merck's painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news archive] did not cause Grossberg's heart ailments. Merck general counsel Kenneth Frazier said Merck [read more]

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