Legal news from Wednesday, August 23, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Tashkent City Court in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Wednesday ordered the closure of another US nongovernmental organization (NGO) operating in the country, stating the group's failure to provide accurate information about its activities as one of the chief reasons. Crosslink Development International [NGO website] is the most recent [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] said Wednesday that US Border Patrol [official website] officials are now detaining nearly all non-Mexican illegal immigrants [DHS fact sheet] caught crossing the US-Mexico border for an average of 21 days before releasing them to their home countries. Fulfilling a promise [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A High Court judge in London on Wednesday granted requests by Scotland Yard [official website] to extend the detentions of 9 of 11 uncharged suspects in custody in connection with an alleged airline bombing plot [JURIST report] said to have been foiled by police. Eight suspects had their detentions [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Telecom giant AT&T [corporate website] sued 25 "John Doe" defendants [press release] in US federal court on Wednesday, alleging that the defendants had posed as customers to obtain personal customer information for use in domestic and legal disputes. The AT&T complaint alleges that the so-called "data brokers" fraudulently obtained [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has been kept in solitary confinement at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for about five months and his health is deteriorating, Hicks' US military lawyer Major Michael Mori said Wednesday. Mori insisted that Hicks is among the best-behaved inmates at the US [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz [official profile] on Tuesday sent Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] a memo detailing the pros and cons of all possible legal methods the government may use to investigate the country's conduct in the Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. The memo, which [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The kidnappers of two Fox News journalists who were abducted in Gaza City [Reuters report] on August 14 have demanded that the US release "Muslims detained in American prisons" within 72 hours in exchange for the safe release of the journalists. The self-named "Holy Jihad Brigades" faxed their demand [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL [official website], will be authorized to use force to protect civilians under immediate threat and act in preemptive self defense according to a draft copy of its proposed rules of engagement obtained by wire services. UNIFIL was given an expanded mandate under [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] may not tax monies that Washington, DC plaintiffs receive to compensate for emotional distress injuries, according to a ruling [PDF text] released Wednesday by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website]. The plaintiff in the case [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused Israel of deliberately inflicting unnecessary damage [press release] on Lebanese civilian infrastructure during the Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive], acts which Amnesty says rises to the level of war crimes. In its report [text], Amnesty cited as evidence instances of Israeli [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] has assigned counsel [decision, PDF] for Vojislav Seselj [ICTY case backgrounder], ruling that Seselj may not conduct his own defense in his war crimes trial. According to the ICTY press release [text]:In coming to its decision, the Trial Chamber [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Faheem Khalid Lodhi, a 36-year-old Pakistan-born Australian immigrant, on Wednesday was sentenced [judgment text] to 20 years in prison with a minimum of 15 years served for his plan to wage a "holy war" by detonating homemade bombs around Sydney. New South Wales Supreme Court [official website] Justice Anthony [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Xia Shuqin [witness profile], a survivor of the 1937-1938 Nanjing Massacre [BBC report; memorial website], was awarded $200,000 by a Chinese court Wednesday in a lawsuit against two Japanese historians who claimed she fabricated her recollection of the atrocities. Shuqin claims to have suffered psychological trauma and damage to [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court has affirmed the right of the city of Moscow to reject an application by organizers of a gay pride parade, ruling that there was a legitimate safety concern in banning the parade, though lawyers for the parade organizers said the ban infringes on gay rights. A [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Supreme Court [official website] Justice Nathan Hecht [official profile], who was reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct [official website] in May for his support of former US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive], defended his actions to an appeals court Tuesday. Hecht was issued [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] has said that he will divert additional resources [prepared remarks] to New Orleans to address the city's high crime rates following the Hurricane Katrina disaster [JURIST news archive]. The additional resources include ten temporary prosecutors to handle gun, drug [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Testimony from Kurdish survivors of the 1987-1988 Anfal campaign [HRW backgrounder] in Iraq continued Wednesday during the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], where Hussein and six co-defendants face genocide and crimes against humanity charges [JURIST report]. Following testimony the day before describing chemical attacks [JURIST report], Adiba [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A plan by the US Forest Service [official website] to allow commercial logging inside Central California's Giant Sequoia National Monument [USFS materials] violates environmental laws [press release], US District Judge Charles R. Breyer held Tuesday. Breyer had previously issued an injunction [PDF text] to stop the logging in response [read more]

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