Legal news from Friday, September 29, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The major political parties in Serbia [JURIST news archive] have reached an agreement on the text of a draft constitution after weeks of negotiations, Local Government and Administration Minister Zoran Loncar said Friday. Although parliament is scheduled to consider the document on Saturday, few details about it have been [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] In his first major speech to parliament since taking office last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official profile; BBC profile] followed through on a promise [IHT report] to make amending the country's pacifist constitution a priority. The constitution [text], effectively imposed on Japan after World War II by [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] told a gathering of legal scholars Friday that the Constitution "provides the courts with relatively few tools" to review presidential decisions about the military and foreign policy in wartime and cautioned judges against "supplement[ing] those tools based on their [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A state trial court judge in Boston ruled Friday that two women from Rhode Island may marry in Massachusetts [JURIST news archive] despite the Commonwealth's 1913 statute [text] forbidding the marriage of couples who can't legally wed in their home states. Judge Thomas Connolly of Suffolk Superior Court ruled [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC; JURIST news archive] said Friday that the military commissions bill [JURIST news archive] approved [JURIST report] by the US Senate Thursday could lead to abuses because it does not sufficiently constrain harsh interrogation methods and strips detainees of the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. [official profile] ruled Thursday that 230,000 recipients of Medicare premium refunds issued in error be given an opportunity to apply for an exemption from repayment [press release, PDF] before the government can collect the money. Kennedy issued a preliminary injunction Dr. Mark [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in Atlanta has ruled [opinion, PDF] ruled that a plaintiff is permitted to bring a class-action lawsuit against a carpet manufacturer under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 (RICO) [text]. The plaintiff claims that Mohawk Industries [corporate [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] accused Pakistan [JURIST news archive] Friday of committing numerous human rights violations in support of the US-led "war on terror," including arresting terror suspects and holding them in secret locations until they can be sold to US authorities for bounties [US flyer offering rewards]. In [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website, in English] said Thursday that it was "deeply worried" about the proposed construction of a 700-mile border fence [JURIST news archive] between the US and Mexico, fearing it would "increase tension in border communities." Mexico [JURIST news archive] reiterated the need for [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A brother-in-law of the new chief judge in the Saddam Hussein genocide trial [JURIST news archive] was shot and killed Friday in Baghdad. His nephew was seriously wounded in the same attack. Police were not certain whether the attack was a result of Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa's position on [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act [HR 5825 text, PDF] Thursday night, voting 232-191 [roll call] mostly along party lines. The bill, approved by the House Judiciary Committee [JURIST report] last week, specifies when and how the president can order the use of warrantless [read more]

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