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Legal news from Wednesday, October 11, 2006
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Election Assistance Commission [official website] has found little evidence to support claims of voter fraud [status report, PDF] that have been driving the recent push for more stringent voter registration and voter ID policies [JURIST report], USA Today reported Wednesday. The report, released in May but just [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] has asked a federal judge to overturn his conviction, citing a recent federal appeals court ruling overturning the convictions [JURIST report] of four former Merrill Lynch executives found guilty in connection with an Enron Nigerian barge [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers in the Turkish parliament [official website] Wednesday discussed a bill that would label the killings of Algerians by France during the colonial period as genocide [JURIST report] and make it illegal to deny that the French were responsible for the killings. The parliament's Justice Committee nonetheless concluded that [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A nephew of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat [CNN profile] who is now an Egyptian opposition MP associated with the Ahrar party [Wikipedia backgrounder] 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 [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted [press release] Adam Gadahn [ABC profile], a US citizen accused of aiding al Qaeda, on charges of treason and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The indictment [PDF text] marks the first treason charges to be brought against a US [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [offical website] 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 [text] is subject to judicial review in the face of "extraneous consideration[s]" such as caste or religious [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Cunningham v. California [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 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 [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] returned to court Wednesday and questioned the chief judge presiding over his genocide trial [BBC timeline] 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 [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi National Assembly [official website] Wednesday approved a measure [JURIST report] that outlines how federalism could be implemented to divide Iraq into separate regions. The law is backed by Shiite majority leaders, but opposed [JURIST report] by Sunnis who fear that splitting areas of Iraq [JURIST news archive] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday denied a request [JURIST report] by the Croatian government to intervene as amicus curiae in the trial of six former political and military Bosnian Croat leaders [ICTY backgrounder] who are accused [JURIST report] of [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Law Lords [official website], the judicial panel of the UK House of Lords that is Britain's highest court, ruled [opinion] 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 [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST report], defended martial law as unintrusive on the daily lives of Thai [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A South Carolina Senate [official website] committee is contemplating state immigration reform laws [JURIST news archive] that would regulate the hiring practices of businesses who contract with the state, state Sen. Jim Ritchie [official profile] said Tuesday. The committee is considering a mandatory program for state agencies, their contractors, [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Ethics Committee [official website] will hold hearings Thursday on the Mark Foley scandal [JURIST news archive]. 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) [official website] about Foley's inappropriate behavior. [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld a $10,000 fine levied by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) [official website] against a US man who willfully violated the 1990-2003 international embargo [UNESCO backgrounder] against Iraq to deliver medicine and other [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A new child labor law [MOL press release], which criminalizes the hiring of children under the age of 14 as house servants or restaurant workers [MOL notice, PDF], took effect in India [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday. Offending employers are eligible for a maximum penalty of a year in [read more]

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