Legal news from Wednesday, August 16, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] A British judge Wednesday night gave Scotland Yard [website] five to seven more days to question and hold without charge 23 men currently in custody in connection with an alleged plot to bomb US planes leaving the UK for US destinations [JURIST report; BBC Q&A]. Detectives may now question [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal appeals court has ruled that a non-citizen cannot sue a US corporation for discrimination that allegedly occurred while he was working outside the US. The decision [text, PDF] by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] issued on Tuesday is significant because it means [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine legislators on Wednesday quashed a second impeachment complaint [press release] against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder]. The House Committee on Justice [official website] on voted 56-24 to dismiss the impeachment complaint against Arroyo for lack of evidence, though opposition leaders say they have seven [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] has temporarily halted the extradition of 13 Uzbeks [JURIST report] accused of terrorist acts in connection with last year's uprising in Andijan [JURIST news archive] that resulted in the massacre of hundreds unarmed Uzbek civilians [BBC backgrounder] by Uzbek government troops, pending an appeal to [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The British government will likely pardon 306 British soldiers - a number that includes 25 Canadians, 22 Irishmen, and 5 New Zealanders - who were executed for cowardice and desertion during World War I [backgrounder], ending a 16-year campaign mounted by families to have the deceased posthumously pardoned, UK [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] told journalists on Wednesday that in response to threats of terrorism, the civil liberties of individuals must be "balanced" against the "collective right to security." Reid's comments followed his Wednesday appearance before a meeting of top European Union [official website] justice officials [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Patrick Chauke, chairperson of the South African Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs [official website], on Wednesday ruled out an amendment to the South African Constitution [text] legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Chauke said, however, that a bill legalizing same-sex partnerships will be presented to Parliament by October, just [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lu Jianhua, a Chinese sociologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences [academic website, English version] accused of an unspecified crime involving state secrets, went on trial Wednesday at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court. Though the facts of the closed-door case were not disclosed to the public, [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] British police officials and rights groups have spoken out in response to reports that the UK Department For Transport (DFT) [official website] may implement an airplane passenger profiling program to identify potential terrorists in the wake of last week's foiled terror plot [JURIST report] to bomb US-bound passenger planes. [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Sim Lake on Tuesday granted a request [JURIST report] by a lawyer for former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] to supplant Lay's name in court records with Lay's estate. As probate law permits a legal representative of an estate to [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion text, PDF] Tuesday that a Bible included in a monument in front of a Harris County, Texas [official website] civil courthouse [official website] promotes Christianity and thereby violates the US Constitution. The monument [image] had a [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Major General James Thurman [official profile] will decide in September whether four US soldiers accused of raping and murdering [JURIST report] a 14-year old Iraqi girl and killing three family members in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive] will face a court-martial, a US military spokesman said Wednesday. Thurman, [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district court judge on Tuesday ordered San Francisco Chronicle reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada [SF Chronicle profiles] to reveal the source of leaked grand jury testimony they used as background for newspaper reports and a book the two wrote about Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An attorney representing Valerie Plame, the undercover operative whose revealed identity precipitated the CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive], announced Tuesday he would use legal precedent from former President Bill Clinton's sexual harassment trial in a bid to force Vice President Dick Cheney and White House aide Karl Rove [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An attorney representing Valerie Plame, the undercover operative whose revealed identity precipitated the CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive], announced Tuesday he would use legal precedent from former President Bill Clinton's sexual harassment trial in a bid to force Vice President Dick Cheney and White House aide Karl Rove [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday sued the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [ACLU press release; complaint, PDF; ACLU materials] on behalf of 11 city residents and business owners over the city's tough new [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.