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Legal news from Sunday, October 8, 2006
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Radical Party [party website, Wikipedia backgrounder] unanimously reelected an indicted war criminal to head it at a meeting in Belgrade Sunday. Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile], a former close ally of late ex-Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], who died earlier this year while in the fifth [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing [advocacy site], an Iraq war veteran, will face a court-martial this week for charges of desertion after leaving his barracks on his return from Iraq last year. Clousing’s attorney said that he has agreed to a plea bargain and intends to plead guilty to [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [BBC profile] expressed doubts about whether non-violent offenders are actually rehabilitated in prison during an interview [text] published Sunday in the British newspaper The Observer. In light of serious overpopulation of British prisons [Times report], the Lord [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian immigration officials have proposed stricter migrant laws hard on the heels of a call [text of speech] by President Vladimir Putin [official profile] to crack down on illegal immigrants at a Thursday cabinet meeting. The proposals include harsher penalties for businesses that employ illegal migrants, restricting border crossings, [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika [official website, in Russian] Sunday took over [RIA Novosti report] the investigation of Saturday's murder of Anna Politkovskaya [BBC report], an award-winning Russian journalist likely killed for her stories about human rights abuses by Russian troops in Chechnya [BBC country profile]. Politkovskaya [BBC obituary], [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Superior Court [official website] Judge Carol Higbee has issued an order [text, PDF] striking down about 50 lawsuits brought by British plaintiffs in the New Jersey state court against Merck & Co. [corporate website], the manufacturer of the drug Vioxx [JURIST news archive], which has caused health [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Khalid al-Dulaimi [JURIST news archive], lead counsel for Saddam Hussein, said Sunday that the defense team will continue its boycott of Hussein’s genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline] when it resumes Monday. The protest began when chief judge Abdullah al-Amiri was replaced by judge Mohammad Oreibi al-Khalifa at [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors Saturday announced the end of their investigation into the alleged CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr in 2003. The cleric, also known as Abu Omar, was seized on the streets of Milan, supposedly by CIA agents with the help [read more]

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