Legal news from Monday, September 25, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three US Marines charged with murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian [JURIST report] in April in Hamdania [JURIST news archive] will face courts-martial, the Marine Corps [official website] announced Monday. The decision follows preliminary hearings [JURIST report] for the three Marines, all of whom are based at Camp Pendleton, California: [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pressure from the Bush administration and the congressional leadership to fast-track a military commissions bill [JURIST news archive] met bipartisan resistance Monday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing [committee materials]. Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive] called the habeas corpus provision of the draft legislation [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Israel Defense Forces [official website] court denied bail Monday to 18 Palestinian lawmakers on trial for charges of membership in a terrorist organization [JURIST report]. The ruling, postponed from last week, reverses an earlier military court decision that prosecutors appealed [JURIST reports]. In his opinion, Judge Col. Shaul [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission [official website] President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] suggested Monday that the EU temporarily halt membership enlargement [EC materials] after Bulgaria and Romania [EC profiles] join while the EU works to resolve institutional and constitutional problems. Though the Commission will likely announce on Tuesday that Bulgaria and [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Thailand's new military leadership which seized power [JURIST report] in a bloodless coup last week has said that the new government wants to bring deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile] to justice and could seek his extradition from the UK. Thaksin, a billionaire, maintains a [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan women's rights advocate and director of the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kandahar [Wikipedia backgrounder] Safia Hana Jan was killed by armed gunmen in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Monday. Local officials launched an immediate investigation into the attack, presuming it was coordinated by the [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York US District Judge Jack Weinstein Monday certified [memorandum and order, PDF] a class action lawsuit for "light" cigarette smokers against tobacco companies accused of leading smokers to believe that light cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes. The class action, which includes anyone who has ever bought light [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] China's ruling Communist Party announced the firing of a top party leader on Monday for his involvement in a pension plan scandal [AP report]. Shanghai Municipal Committee secretary Chen Liangyu [People's Daily profile] has been under investigation since June for allegedly mishandling funds earmarked for social security accounts and [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] Monday began the trial of a former deputy state prosecutor who later worked as an ICTR investigator under an alias by formally charging him with four counts [ICTR press release] of genocide, murder, extermination and other crimes against humanity. In [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein was thrown out of court again Monday for failing to observe courtroom discipline in his genocide trial [JURIST news archive], his second ejection in as many sessions. The ousted Iraqi president was represented by eight court-appointed lawyers as his regular defense team carried out their threat to [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for a former associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile] Monday began their appeal of a corruption conviction [JURIST report] against businessman Schabir Shaik that could help to clear Zuma's name and help to rehabilitate him as a potential presidential candidate. President Thabo Mbeki [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan's appointed Senate, the upper house of the National Assembly [official website], amended a bill regulating mosques Sunday so as to require preachers to obtain written government permission before being allowed to lead services or teach the Quran. Unauthorized preachers would face up to a month in prison and [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) [JURIST news archive] told [transcript] CNN's Late Edition program Sunday that he believes the habeas corpus provision of the latest draft [text, PDF] of the military commissions bill [JURIST news archive] based on an agreement [JURIST report] Thursday between Senate [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A proposed federal shield law for journalists is on hold after the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Friday postponed further consideration of the bill in the wake of strong opposition [JURIST report] from Justice Department officials voiced in a hearing Thursday. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile] [read more]

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