A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Wednesday, October 11, 2006
by Robert DeVries

The US Election Assistance Commission has found little evidence to support claims of voter fraud that have been driving the recent push for more stringent voter registration and voter ID policies, USA Today reported Wednesday. The report, released in May but just made public Wednesday, evaluated claims of fraud and voter intimidation …

[read more]
by Jonathan Rhein

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling has asked a federal judge to overturn his conviction, citing a recent federal appeals court ruling overturning the convictions of four former Merrill Lynch executives found guilty in connection with an Enron Nigerian barge scam. Skilling was convicted in May of 19 …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

Lawmakers in the Turkish parliament Wednesday discussed a bill that would label the killings of Algerians by France during the colonial period as genocide and make it illegal to deny that the French were responsible for the killings. The parliament's Justice Committee nonetheless concluded that there was little support for the bill and deferred it …

[read more]
by James M Yoch Jr

A nephew of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat who is now an Egyptian opposition MP associated with the Ahrar party appeared before an Egyptian military court Wednesday on charges of making defamatory remarks regarding the 1981 assassination of his uncle. Last week, Talaat Sadat remarked that senior military officials and the president's bodyguards were involved …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Adam Gadahn, a US citizen accused of aiding al Qaeda, on charges of treason and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The indictment marks the first treason charges to be brought against a US citizen in over half a century. The DOJ alleges that …

[read more]
by James M Yoch Jr

The Supreme Court of India Wednesday ruled that the power of the country's president to pardon a person convicted of a capital offense in Article 72 of the Indian Constitution is subject to judicial review in the face of "extraneous consideration" such as caste or religious or political affiliation. The decision stems from the case of …

[read more]
by James M Yoch Jr

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Cunningham v. California, 05-6551, a case that asks justices to decide whether judges can exercise discretion to tack on additional years to prison sentences beyond that determined by a jury without violating a defendant's right to a …

[read more]
by Holly Manges Jones

Saddam Hussein returned to court Wednesday and questioned the chief judge presiding over his genocide trial as to why he has not been allowed to speak and defend himself during prior court sessions, saying it was a judge's "duty" to listen. Chief Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa cut off Hussein's microphone and subsequently threw him …

[read more]
by Holly Manges Jones

The Iraqi National Assembly Wednesday approved a measure that outlines how federalism could be implemented to divide Iraq into separate regions. The law is backed by Shiite majority leaders, but opposed by Sunnis who fear that splitting areas of Iraq would cause a civil war by increasing the sectarian and …

[read more]
by Holly Manges Jones

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Wednesday denied a request by the Croatian government to intervene as amicus curiae in the trial of six former political and military Bosnian Croat leaders who are accused of torturing, killing, imprisoning, and expelling Muslims in Bosnia during 1991-94. …

[read more]
by Holly Manges Jones

The Law Lords, the judicial panel of the UK House of Lords that is Britain's highest court, ruled Wednesday that media in Britain should not be subject to libel charges if they publish allegations against public figures as long as they act responsibly and in the public interest. The case was an appeal brought by the …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

Thai Defense Minister Boonrawd Somtas said Wednesday that Thailand will remain under martial law for at least a month as a safeguard against political turmoil, while Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, who led the Sept. 19 bloodless coup, defended martial law as unintrusive on the daily lives of Thai citizens. The comments from the military follow Tuesday's declaration from …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

A South Carolina Senate committee is contemplating state immigration reform laws that would regulate the hiring practices of businesses who contract with the state, state Sen. Jim Ritchie said Tuesday. The committee is considering a mandatory program for state agencies, their contractors, and subcontractors where the citizenship of all employees would be …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

The US House Ethics Committee will hold hearings Thursday on the Mark Foley scandal. Former Foley chief of staff Kirk Fordham is set to testify about when he notified the staff of US House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) about Foley's inappropriate behavior. Fordham has maintained he notified Hastert in either 2002 or …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a $10,000 fine levied by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against a US man who willfully violated the 1990-2003 international embargo against Iraq to deliver medicine and other humanitarian supplies. Bertram Sacks sued OFAC, challenging the …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

A new child labor law, which criminalizes the hiring of children under the age of 14 as house servants or restaurant workers, took effect in India on Tuesday. Offending employers are eligible for a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $217 fine. Proponents of the law say …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.