Legal news from Thursday, August 10, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge T.S. Ellis has upheld the constitutionality of the 1917 Espionage Act [18 USC 793 text; Wikipedia backgrounder], refusing to dismiss charges against two former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [advocacy website]. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman were indicted [PDF text; JURIST report] last [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation [official website] has ordered [PDF text] that seventeen cases challenging the legality of the NSA's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] be transferred to the chief judge of the US Northern District of California [official website]. In an order issued Wednesday, the panel [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal appeals court opinion [PDF text] upholding the convictions of five accused Cuban spies [advocacy website] prompted condemnation from the Cuban government Thursday, who called the decision political and unfair. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting en banc, on Wednesday handed down a [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Argentina [JURIST news archive] have arrested three former officials suspected of human rights violations during the country's "Dirty War" [ backgrounder], the former military junta's campaign against its domestic opponents - at least 13,000 of whom "disappeared" from 1976 to 1983. Authorities arrested Raul Antonio Guglielminetti, a [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile] on Thursday called for the resignation of Ishmael Wadi, Director of Public Prosecutions, who in July dropped [JURIST report] corruption charges against former President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] on the eve of Muluzi's trial. Mutharika, who was elected as Muluzi's hand-picked successor [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors have charged a Rwandan immigrant arrested in Amsterdam with committing war crimes and torture in Rwanda, officials said Thursday. Specifically, prosecutors alleged that "Joseph M." ordered the killing of several Tutsis that were dragged out of an ambulance and shot during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder]. [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Justice Ministry [official website] has decided to grant US investigators access to information about bank accounts of terrorism suspects, a justice ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] requested the information in a four-year old investigation [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The human rights situation continues to deteriorate [press release] in some parts of Darfur [JURIST news archive] despite the Darfur Peace Agreement [DS backgrounder] signed in May by the Sudanese government and the main rebel group in the region, the Sudan Liberation Movement [ backgrounder], according to a report [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian House of Representatives [official website] approved the Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill [PDF text] by a margin of 78-62 Thursday, a bill that will require asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat to be processed in offshore camps. As expected [JURIST report], the bill passed despite [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Efraim Zuroff, a director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website], urged Serbia on Wednesday to request the extradition [press release] of Ivo Rojnica and Milivoj Asner [Wikipedia profile], two Croatian-born men accused of committing atrocities against Jews, Serbs and Gypsies during World War II. As part of Operation: [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An attorney for former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] has indicated that he intends to ask a federal court to vacate Lay's criminal convictions and dismiss the indictment in the case. Lawyer Samuel Buffone filed a motion in federal court Wednesday to supplant Lay's [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] on Wednesday introduced plans to give small public US companies and some foreign companies [SEC releases, PDF] additional time to comply [press release] with restrictive internal control requirements relating to financial reporting. The requirements were adopted by Congress in 2002 as [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The London Metropolitan Police Service [official website] announced Thursday that it had foiled an alleged terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several planes traveling from London's Heathrow airport [corporate website] and surrounding airports to various destinations in the United States and had arrested 21 people suspected to be involved. [read more]

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