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Legal news from Monday, October 16, 2006

[JURIST] Carla Del Ponte [official profile], chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], once again [JURIST report] on Monday strongly criticized Serbia's lack of progress in the capture and arrest of war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and discouraged … [read more]

[JURIST] A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST backgrounder] has recommended that three ex-employees of Anvil Mining [corporate website], an Australian company, be tried for complicity in war crimes committed by Congolese government soldiers in 2004. The crimes alleged to have been facilitated by the ex-employees, a … [read more]

[JURIST] US Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III appeared in military court Monday to contest charges of kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi civilian in April. Hutchins was the leader of an eight-man squad in Hamdania [JURIST news archive] that allegedly took Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia backgrounder] from his home and shot … [read more]

[JURIST] Dr. Lester Crawford [official website], a veterinarian who served briefly as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] last year, will plead guilty to failure to disclose his financial interest in companies regulated by the agency, his lawyer said Monday. Crawford is scheduled to appear … [read more]

[JURIST] US Army prosecutors argued in a hearing Monday that an officer overseeing interrogations at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] should face a court-martial for his willful blindness toward prisoner abuse, while a defense attorney countered that most of the military police officers who abused prisoners were not … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Missouri [JURIST news archive] on Monday affirmed a trial court decision [JURIST report] striking down a state law [SB 1014 text, PDF; summary] requiring voters to show Missouri-issued photo identification at the polls [Missouri Dept. of Revenue backgrounder]. In a per curiam opinion [summary and … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] on Monday formally signed an interim agreement [press release, PDF] giving the United States access to passenger name record data from European airlines conducting transatlantic flights. The US is expected to formally sign the deal later Monday while the EU will still need to … [read more]

[JURIST] Convicted civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [defense website] received a sentence of 28 months Monday. Stewart was convicted [JURIST report; JURIST video] of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists [18 USC 2339A text] for helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman [Wikipedia profile] communicate with his terrorist followers. Stewart was … [read more]

[JURIST] A national of Bahrain, two Pakistani nationals and one Iranian were transferred from US custody [press release] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] into the hands of their home governments over the weekend, the US Defense Department confirmed Monday. As expected [JURIST report], in addition to the Pakistanis released … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Monday announced the launch [press release] of the Initiative for Safer Communities, responding to growing concern about the increase of violent crime in American cities. In the first increase since 2001, violent crime rose 2.2 percent in 2005 [JURIST report], according … [read more]

[JURIST] The brother of a prosecutor assigned to the second Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] was assassinated Monday morning in front of his house in West Baghdad. Imad al-Faroon was pronounced dead immediately after the shooting, which his wife witnessed. His brother, Muqith al-Faroon, is a chief prosecutor in … [read more]

[JURIST] The family of a Brazilian man who was shot and killed by London police [JURIST report] filed an appeal Monday with the UK High Court challenging a July decision by prosecutors not to bring individual charges [JURIST report] against the police officers involved in the shooting. Lawyers for the … [read more]

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official website] told the press on Sunday that he intends to urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring justice to those who killed independent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC report] on October 7 in her apartment building. Barroso implied that it would reflect … [read more]

[JURIST] Israeli police have recommended that the Israeli attorney general indict President Moshe Katsav [official profile] on charges of rape, sexual harassment, indecent acts using force, and indecent acts without consent following their three-month investigation of at least 10 complaints against Katsav brought by former employees. A police source told … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal [JURIST news archive] convened briefly Monday and announced that the next hearing on the crimes against humanity charges [JURIST report] brought against Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will be on November 5, though the court refused to say whether a verdict will be handed down … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [LII profile] engaged in a rare televised debate [recorded video, via C-SPAN] Sunday with ACLU President Nadine Strossen [ACLU profile]. The two clashed on issues of constitutional interpretation and fundamental rights, with Scalia defending his "textualist" approach [backgrounder] to constitutional interpretation, which asks … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers have filed an emergency motion [PDF text; declaration, PDF] in federal court to prevent the US military from surrendering translator and accused kidnapper Mohammad Munaf, a US citizen, to Iraqi officials to face the death penalty. Munaf was convicted and sentenced to death by an Iraqi judge after … [read more]

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