Legal news from Friday, August 4, 2006
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges on Friday redrew Texas's 23rd Congressional District [opinion; additional materials] to "restore Latino voting strength" to the district in compliance with a June 2005 Supreme Court ruling. The new congressional map as drawn by judges from the US District Court for the Eastern [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN agencies working in Gaza joined Friday to urge respect for international humanitarian law and the obligation to protect civilians, reminding the international community in a joint statement [text, PDF] not to forget the violence there while attention to the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] is focused [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Several former Burundi government officials who were arrested and detained [JURIST report] on Tuesday are being abused in detention, according to family members of the detainees pleading for international attention on local radio broadcasts. The wife of former Vice President Alphonse Kadege said she saw police officers standing on [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Verkhovna Rada [official website], the Ukraine parliament, on Friday swore in 11 judges [RIA Novosti report] who will compose the Ukrainian Constitutional Court [official website]. Judges are nominated to the court by parliament, the president and by an association of judges. The judges were installed after parliament elected [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Documents made public [ACLU press release] Thursday show the US government ordered the ACLU to censor copies of newspaper articles and several instances of unfavorable Supreme Court language that appeared in ACLU papers over the course of litigation involving the FBI and four Connecticut librarians who challenged a National [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime [text], which is intended to improve information- and evidence-sharing between national governments to prevent crimes on the Internet. The convention has been signed by 38 European countries along with Japan, Canada, and South Africa. The treaty [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ahmad Jannati, head of Iran's powerful Guardian Council [official website], on Friday called for the abolition of the United Nations and the UN Security Council [official website] because of its prejudicial stance towards Iran. Jannati complained that the Security Council failed to pass a resolution condemning Israel for alleged [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A UK court on Friday found a man guilty of illegally fox hunting with dogs in the first criminal prosecution under Britain's Hunting Act 2004 [text]. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) [advocacy website] brought a private prosecution [LACS case materials] against Tony Wright on a charge of hunting [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors said Thursday that they had approved a request from Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] to extradite 13 people accused of terrorist acts in connection with last year's uprising in Andijan [JURIST news archive] that resulted in the massacre of unarmed Uzbek civilians [BBC backgrounder]. Russian officials said that [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] on Friday upheld [text] a High Court decision [text] that nine Afghanistan nationals responsible for the February 6, 2000 Stansted Airport hijacking [BBC report] should have "discretionary leave" to stay in Britain until it is safe for the hijackers to return to [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Republicans said Thursday that they will appeal a federal appeals court decision [PDF text] that former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] must remain on the Texas ballot for the November election to the US Supreme Court. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate passed the Pension Protection Act of 2006 [HR 4 materials] by a margin of 93-5 [roll call] Thursday, a key bill its supporters say will preserve the workability of traditional employer-employee pension benefits packages while at the same time opening new savings options and reducing the [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian authorities arrested a new suspect [press release] Thursday in connection with alleged planned terrorist attacks in Ontario [JURIST report]. The arrest of Ibrahim Alkhalel Mohammed Aboud is the first since authorities arrested 17 in connection with the terror plan [JURIST report] in June. Aboud, like the other 17 [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [official website] on Thursday released a proposed rule [FEC materials] that would exempt certain "grassroots lobbying" communications from advertising restrictions imposed by the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) [FEC materials]. BCRA prohibits interest groups funded by corporations or unions from airing television or radio [read more]

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