Legal news from Wednesday, August 9, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] A bill that would require asylum seekers arriving in Australia [JURIST news archive] by boat to be processed in offshore camps is expected to be approved by the country's House of Representatives [official website] Thursday, despite opposition from within the governing Liberal Party [party website]. Prime Minister John Howard [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official website] on Wednesday announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will implement new rules to improve the performance of federal immigration courts [DOJ listing] and the Board of Immigration Appeals [DOJ backgrounder]. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) [official website], [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] UK Labour Party MP Jim Sheridan [official website] resigned Wednesday from his government position as Parliamentary Private Secretary of the Defense Team, citing the Blair administration's reluctance to demand an immediate end to the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] and suggesting that the government's decision to allow [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two hundred Mexican judges on Wednesday began a partial recount of ballots cast in the disputed July 2 presidential elections [JURIST report] as supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] continued to stage protests [JURIST report] in Mexico City. The Federal [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] New service regulations will allow US Coast Guard [official website] members to wear religious head coverings [JURIST news archives] under their uniform head covers, according to Coast Guard officials quoted by AP Wednesday. The new regulations have already taken effect verbally, but must still be formally adopted. The Coast [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court in Rome will consider whether to try US Army Specialist Mario Lozano [Wikipedia profile] this November in connection with the death of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile] at an Iraqi checkpoint in March 2005, according to a court source Wednesday. Italian prosecutors requested an [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday submitted its ratification [press release] of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) [text; VRS backgrounder, PDF] to the UN Secretary-General. The CTBT bans any nuclear explosion, for testing purposes or otherwise, and was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996. Thirty-four of [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] denounced Iran [press release] on Wednesday for threatening to prosecute the Iranian Center for Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) [Wikipedia backgrounder], a human rights group based in Tehran founded by 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. Last week, the Iranian Interior Ministry [official website] [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] San Diego city officials and management [city website] broke federal securities laws by failing to fulfill their fiduciary duties in administering the city's pension fund for police officers, firefighters, and other public officials, according to an independent audit presented to City Council [recorded video of Council session} on Tuesday. [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] announced Wednesday that it will hold an emergency session on Friday to discuss the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] and its worsening impact on Lebanese citizens. Responding to a special request from Tunisia on behalf of the UN Group of [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has arrested four Iraqi members of an insurgent kidnapping cell [MNF-Iraq news report] in connection with the kidnapping of Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll [CNN profile]. Carroll was working in Iraq when she was kidnapped on January 7 [CS Monitor report] and released on March [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian government has called for the prosecution [statement] of Bosnian military officer Atif Dudakovic after a Serbian television station broadcast a video Tuesday that allegedly shows Dudakovic ordering his troops to burn a Serb village in 1995. The Dudakovic video follows last week's broadcast of a video that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Jakarta Court of Appeal has ruled that Indonesian Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh was correct to drop a corruption case against former President Suharto [CNN profile], citing Suharto's inability to speak or write due to permanent brain damage [JURIST report]. Saleh appealed a lower court ruling [JURIST report] [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Captain Alex Pickands, a US military lawyer prosecuting four US Army soldiers [JURIST report] for the March 12 rape of a 14-year old Iraqi girl and the murder of the girl and her family in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive], told a military panel in Baghdad during closing arguments on [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Vaughn Walker [official profile] of the Northern District of California on Tuesday temporarily stayed a class action lawsuit [EFF case backgrounder; JURIST report] brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against AT&T, pending the appeal [petition, PDF] of his earlier decision [JURIST report] allowing the case to [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association [official website] approved a resolution [press release] Tuesday condemning President Bush for his "misuse" of bill signing statements [1993 DOJ backgrounder] to bypass particular provisions of a bill that the president considers unconstitutional or a risk to national security. Last month, an ABA task force [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Proposed amendments drafted by the Bush administration to revise the War Crimes Act [text] would protect CIA officers, former military personnel and political appointees from prosecution for humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime detainees, according to a report in Wednesday's Washington Post. The 1996 War Crimes Act makes it [read more]

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