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Legal news from Tuesday, September 5, 2006
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy [LII profile; JURIST news archive] underwent a "routine" stent replacement procedure at Washington Hospital Center [hospital website] on Saturday after complaining of chest pains, spokesperson Kathy Arberg revealed in a Tuesday statement [via SCOTUSblog, DOC]. The 70-year-old Kennedy had a similar procedure performed [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian parliament [official website, in Persian] on Tuesday approved a draft of a bill to bar inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] from entering the country if the UN Security Council [official website] imposes sanctions on Iran for continuing to enrich uranium past the [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York Times researcher Zhao Yan [HRIC profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] is appealing the three-year prison sentence [JURIST report] he received last week from a Beijing court that convicted him of fraud. Zhao was charged with accepting $2,500 from an official, and his appeal maintains that he was [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] Danish police Tuesday charged seven men with planning a terror attack in the country after arresting them and two others in a raid on an Odense suburb [Danish Justice Ministry press release, in Danish] populated largely by immigrants. Justice Minister Lene Espersen [official profile] told AP that "the clues [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Adlai Hardin [official profile] Tuesday approved [Delta press release] a request by Delta Airlines [corporate website] to end its pension plan for pilots. Delta reached a settlement with a group of retired pilots on Monday, agreeing to pay $500,000 for fees and expenses if the group [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] A lawsuit by former Australian Guantanamo detainee Mamdouh Habib [BBC profile] against the Australian government could become the first court challenge to new security secrecy laws passed in 2004 [text]. Australian prosecutors say that some of the evidence used in any trial of Habib's case may be secret, but [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two owners of a Louisiana nursing home who were charged [JURIST report] last year with negligent homicide for the deaths of 34 people [NYT report] in flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] have sued a number of state and local government officials claiming that they did not [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has confirmed that the Rwandan Parliament [official website] would be presented a bill in December aimed at abolishing capital punishment in the African nation. The legislation, immensely unpopular with the majority of Rwandan citizens, is necessary to qualify Rwanda as [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Tuesday handed down the first sentence in connection to the 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report] of three restaurants, which killed two dozen people and injured 200 others. Abdul Aziz, convicted of harboring Noordin Mohammed Top [Wikipedia profile], a suspected terrorist linked to other bombings, was [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday certified Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] as the winner of Mexico's disputed July 2 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Calderon's opponent, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], who argued before [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi National Assembly [official website] voted on Tuesday to renew the country's state of emergency, in place since November 2004 [JURIST report], for an additional 30 days. The emergency measures are applicable throughout the country, except for the northern autonomous Kurdish region. After a month long summer recess, [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] of the European Parliament [official website] approved a report Monday taking Turkey to task for slow progress on a variety of legal and other reforms agreed to by Ankara as part of its bid [EU backgrounder] for membership in the European Union [JURIST [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have asked that a judge sentence civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [defense website] to 30 years in prison, saying that Stewart's "egregious, flagrant abuse of her profession ... deserves to be severely punished." Stewart was convicted [JURIST report; JURIST video] of conspiracy and providing material support to [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] has promised to go ahead with Tuesday's planned deportations of 32 Iraqis who sought asylum in the UK, saying that only a court injunction will prevent the plane carrying the Iraqis from leaving and that his office "may decide not to defer [read more]

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