Legal news from Thursday, October 5, 2006
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Ethics Committee [official website] Thursday opened its investigation into allegations of misconduct related to the House Page program [backgrounder, PDF], issuing nearly four dozen subpoenas for witnesses and documents, according to statements [1, 2, text] issued by the Committee leadership. A special bipartisan subcommittee, set up [read more]

20:10 EDT

[JURIST] California’s First District State Court of Appeal [official website] upheld a state ban on gay marriage Thursday. In a 2-1 decision [opinion, PDF], the court held that the ban was not unconstitutional because it did not violate any "vested fundamental right" of gays and lesbians. The move overturns a [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush attached a signing statement [text] to the 2007 spending bill [DHS press release] for the Homeland Security Department [official website] Thursday, giving himself the authority to make changes to the agency's annual Privacy Office [official website] reports. Congress stated that only the Department's Privacy [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission announced [press release] Thursday that it has reached an agreement for the settlement of pretexting charges [complaint text, PDF; news release] against Virginia-based Integrity Security & Investigation Services [corporate website]. Current federal law allows the government to only collect $2,700 in damages, the entire sum [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's High Court Thursday gave the state five days to explain why it appointed government officials to investigate [JURIST report] its handling of the recent Hezbollah conflict [JURIST news archive] rather than establish an independent inquiry committee. The Movement for Quality Government in Israel [advocacy website] last week called [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A UN Human Rights Council [official website] envoy on Thursday called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court [official website] into whether Israel committed war crimes during the 34-day Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. In a report, UN special rapporteur on food rights Jean Ziegler [official profile] [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment text] that Germany violated the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights [PDF text] by allowing a lawsuit to continue for 30 years. Jurgen Grasser filed a lawsuit against the city of Saarbrucken in 1974 after the [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's High Court [official website] Thursday quashed the four-week suspension of London Mayor Ken Livingstone [official profile], originally handed down by the Adjudication Panel for England [official website] in February. The suspension was ordered [ruling text, PDF] after Livingstone made controversial comments to a Jewish journalist. A High Court [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] issued an emergency proclamation [text; press release] Wednesday to relieve prison overcrowding by allowing inmates to be transferred to other states. Citing severe overcrowding as a threat to the health and safety in 29 of the state's 33 prisons, Schwarzenegger said: "Our prisons [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Another Turkish author went on trial Thursday on charges [AP report] that he "insulted the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of the country's penal code. Ipek Calislar wrote that the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, once left his palace disguised as a woman [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] sharply questioned federal officials Wednesday during oral arguments in the case of a Pakistani man who says he was detained because of his race, religion or national origin soon after the Sept. 11 terrorist [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Christopher Boyko [official profile] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that an Ohio voting rule requiring naturalized citizens to provide proof of citizenship if challenged by poll workers was unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio [advocacy group] assisted a group of citizens in filing a lawsuit [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [official website] said Thursday that the Australian government plans to appeal [press release] a court decision giving Aborigines native title [NNTT backgrounder] to land in the city of Perth, saying the ruling could prevent non-indigenous people from having access to public parks and beaches in [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two US Marines charged [JURIST report] with the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and kidnapping. Pfc. John Jodka and Cpl. Marshall Magincalda are the first of eight soldiers from the Camp Pendleton [official website] military base [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two US Marines charged [JURIST report] with the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and kidnapping. Pfc. John Jodka and Cpl. Marshall Magincalda are the first of eight soldiers from the Camp Pendleton [official website] military base [read more]

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