A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Monday, October 16, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, once again on Monday strongly criticized Serbia's lack of progress in the capture and arrest of war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic and discouraged the European Union from resuming membership talks with …

[read more]
by Jonathan Rhein

A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has recommended that three ex-employees of Anvil Mining, 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 Canadian and two South Africans, include summary executions, rape, torture, …

[read more]
by Melissa Bancroft

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 that allegedly took Hashim Ibrahim Awad from his home and shot him without provocation. A total of eight US military personnel …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

Dr. Lester Crawford, a veterinarian who served briefly as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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 in federal court Tuesday to enter guilty pleas to charges …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

US Army prosecutors argued in a hearing Monday that an officer overseeing interrogations at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison 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 under his client's command. Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan [Wikipedia …

[read more]
by Joe Shaulis

The Supreme Court of Missouri on Monday affirmed a trial court decision striking down a state law requiring voters to show Missouri-issued photo identification at the polls [Missouri Dept. of Revenue backgrounder]. In a per curiam opinion, a 6-1 majority held that requiring voters to present …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

The European Union on Monday formally signed an interim agreement 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 submit the deal for all 25 EU member states to …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

Convicted civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart received a sentence of 28 months Monday. Stewart was convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists for helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers. Stewart was also convicted of defrauding the government for violating rules that …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

A national of Bahrain, two Pakistani nationals and one Iranian were transferred from US custody at Guantanamo Bay into the hands of their home governments over the weekend, the US Defense Department confirmed Monday. As expected, in addition to the Pakistanis released from Guantanamo, US forces freed six other Pakistanis from the …

[read more]
by Jaime Jansen

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday announced the launch 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, according to the FBI's 2005 Uniform Crime Program, and under …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

The brother of a prosecutor assigned to the second Saddam Hussein trial 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 the genocide case against Hussein, where he is …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

The family of a Brazilian man who was shot and killed by London police filed an appeal Monday with the UK High Court challenging a July decision by prosecutors not to bring individual charges against the police officers involved in the shooting. Lawyers for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes said the …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso 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 on October 7 in her apartment building. Barroso implied that it would reflect poorly on Russia's international reputation if Politkovskaya's killers are not …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

Israeli police have recommended that the Israeli attorney general indict President Moshe Katsav 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 the press Sunday that at least four or five of …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

The Iraqi High Tribunal convened briefly Monday and announced that the next hearing on the crimes against humanity charges brought against Saddam Hussein will be on November 5, though the court refused to say whether a verdict will be handed down during the hearing. Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in Hussein's Dujail …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia engaged in a rare televised debate [recorded video, via C-SPAN] Sunday with ACLU President Nadine Strossen. The two clashed on issues of constitutional interpretation and fundamental rights, with Scalia defending his "textualist" approach to constitutional interpretation, which asks what constitutional language meant at the time it was adopted. …

[read more]
by Joshua Pantesco

Lawyers have filed an emergency motion 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 being arrested in Romania on kidnapping charges for …

[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.