Legal news from Thursday, October 12, 2006
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Three Canadian citizens supported by Amnesty International Canada [advocacy website] demanded an official inquiry into their cases Thursday along the lines of that undertaken for Maher Arar [JURIST news archive] to determine what role Canadian security forces played in their arrest and alleged torture in Syria between 2001 and [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sixteen Afghan men were reunited with their families Thursday after being released [DOD press release] by the US military from four years of detention in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The men denied links to Islamic terror groups and alleged abuse at the hands of their captors as they [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sixteen states have in recent years made it easier for convicted felons to vote, according to new report [official report, PDF] by The Sentencing Project [advocacy website]. Lifetime voting bans in Iowa [JURIST report], Nebraska, and New Mexico have been lifted, and nine additional states have made voting easier [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who was convicted by a German court [JURIST report] last year for his involvement with the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive], could face a third trial, a judge in Germany's highest court of appeals said Thursday. Though Motassadeq was convicted [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] As many as 80 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees could face trial before military commissions, a US State Department legal adviser said Thursday. John Bellinger [official profile] also said President Bush will sign Congress' recently-passed [JURIST report] military commissions bill [JURIST news archive], on Tuesday, allowing military commission [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney Patrick Meehan [official profile] filed an indictment [PDF text, press release] Thursday against stockbrokers Anthony Postiglione, Jr. and William Lennon, co-founders of Foutainhead Fund LP, alleging that they defrauded investors out of almost $2 million. Both men are charged with eighteen counts of mail fraud and one [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Dhiren Barot, a British man accused of planning a series of bombs on US and British targets, pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to murder for his role in the Gas Limos Project bombing scheme [Washington Post report] and a separate plan to explode dirty bombs. Prosecutors alleged that [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] the "continuing detention without a fair trial" at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] "unacceptable in terms of human rights" and "ineffective in terms of counterterrorism." In announcing the release of Britain's 2006 [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] Thursday upheld an earlier High Court ruling [text] and denied a bid [JURIST report] by the families of three Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who were UK residents prior to their detention to require the British government to lobby the US [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The French lower house of parliament, the National Assembly [official website], approved an internationally-controversial bill [legislative materials] Thursday that imposes monetary penalties and jail time on anyone who denies that there was an Armenian genocide [ANI backgrounder] early in the twentieth century. The bill, which passed 106-19, sets a [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's most prominent writer, Orhan Pamuk [JURIST news archive], won the Nobel Prize in Literature [recorded audio; press release] Thursday for his work examining the role of Islam in society. Pamuk, a visiting professor at Columbia University, said he was honored to win the prize. His critics claimed Pamuk [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Five US states permit the use of dogs in prisons to control inmates, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy group] said in a report [text] released Wednesday. Prison systems in Iowa, Connecticut, South Dakota, Utah and Delaware have policies that allow the use of dogs to control inmates in prisons [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] A prominent South Asian rights group has urged [press release] India [JURIST news archive] and Pakistan [JURIST news archive] to abolish the death penalty since it is a "violation of the right to life." South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) [advocacy website], headed by former Indian Prime Minister Inder [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Germany intends to set up a "road map" for the ratification of the EU constitution [official website, text; JURIST news archive] when it assumes the rotating EU presidency on January 1, 2007, German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website; BBC profile] said Wednesday. Merkel acknowledged that the document would not [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Portions of an article on torture in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder] written by murdered reporter Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary] before her death were published Thursday by the Novaya Gazeta [media website, in Russian]. The report detailed allegations of torture, including one man who said he was hung from a ceiling [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Karen Caldwell [official profile] has ruled [PDF text] that a Kentucky ban preventing judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funds is a violation of the First Amendment. The state argued that the ban was in place to promote judicial impartiality, but Caldwell ruled that ethics rules [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] State Farm Insurance [corporate website] on Wednesday filed a motion seeking a change in venue for lawsuits filed in southern Mississippi by individuals who claim insurance carriers failed to pay insured losses to those affected by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The damages requested in the [read more]

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