Legal news from Saturday, September 2, 2006
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army investigator has recommended that four US soldiers face the death penalty if they are convicted on charges of murdering Iraqi detainees [JURIST report] according to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the report Saturday. Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. concluded that several aggravating [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] EU Justice and Migration Commissioner Franco Frattini [official profile] has told a Spanish newspaper that Spain contributed to a recent spate of illegal immigration between Africa and Europe by a three-month amnesty program [BBC report] for illegals that it launched in February 2005. Frattini said the country's loose approach [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US military on Saturday formally relinquished control of the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] to the Iraqi government, according to an Iraqi spokesperson, after it was emptied of US detainees [JURIST report] last week. The spokesperson said the government has not decided how it will use the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday issued an order directing Ohio voters to ignore threats of criminal penalties on voter registration forms and instructions [PDF text], saying that new state registration rules which took effect in May after the February passage of the controversial HB 3 election reform bill [text] [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] on Friday appointed three experts to investigate alleged international law violations by Israel in the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. The three-person panel was mandated by a resolution [PDF text], adopted by the HRC [JURIST report] earlier in August [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Arguing that the NSA domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] is a necessary weapon in the war on terror, the US Department of Justice Friday filed a motion in federal court asking the court to delay enforcement of an order requiring the NSA to immediately cease using warrantless wiretaps [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Incumbent Mexican president Vicente Fox [official profile] was blocked from delivering the traditional state-of the nation address (known in Spanish as "El Informe") before the Mexican Congress [official website, in Spanish] Friday evening by protesting leftist lawmakers supporting presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] and [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [official website] on Friday agreed to delay for 20 days [judicial order, PDF] enforcement of a tough new local law against illegal immigration while it rewrites the ordinance in an effort to bolster it against legal challenges. The law was challenged [JURIST report; complaint; [read more]

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