Legal news from Friday, August 25, 2006
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction blocking a planned strike by flight attendants for Northwest Airlines [corporate website]. Urged to intervene by both the airline and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US District Judge Victor Marrero set a Wednesday deadline for parties to determine whether continued [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's Interim Constitution Drafting Committee (ICDC) on Friday presented a draft constitution [PDF text, in Nepali] to government officials and Maoist rebel representatives participating in the negotiations. The interim draft encompassing 172 articles is designed to replace the current constitution [text] until a new representative body is elected and [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Brady has issued a preliminary injunction [ruling, PDF] preventing Louisiana state officials from enforcing a recently enacted statute [PDF text] banning the sale of violent video games to minors. Brady ruled that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) [trade website] and [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Law enforcement agencies in Kyrgyzstan have been detaining asylum seekers from neighboring Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] in recent weeks as part of Kyrgyz counterterrorism sweeps, and several asylum seekers have disappeared and have possibly been forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said Friday. HRW expressed concern [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court of Friday sentenced New York Times researcher Zhao Yan [HRIC profile, PDF] to three years in prison for fraud charges, but also dismissed more serious charges of illegally leaking state secrets. Zhao was convicted of taking $2,500 from a village official. He was initially also charged [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] has opened an investigation into whether Israel used cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder; Cluster Munition Coalition advocacy website] in Lebanon during the most recent Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] in violation of several US-Israel agreements restricting the use of the weapons, the New [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] expressed disappointment Thursday in recent court decisions preventing the Texas Republican Party from removing his name as a congressional candidate in the November elections, saying that he was "very disappointed in our justice system." DeLay was forced to withdraw [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Lt. Col. Mark Keith, the investigating officer with recommending whether 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile] will face a military trial for refusing to deploy to Iraq, will recommend Friday that Watada face court-martial on charges [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] of missing his unit's [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department said Thursday that Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish citizen who is also a legal resident of Germany, has been transferred [press release] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] into German custody. Kurnaz's release, which was expected [JURIST report], comes at the [read more]

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