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Legal news from Monday, October 23, 2006
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia [JURIST news archive] will release two prisoners convicted of the 2002 bombings that killed over 200 people at a Bali nightclub [BBC report], prison officials said Monday. The convicts will be freed Tuesday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr [BBC backgrounder], the end of Ramadan [BBC [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] defended the new Military Commissions Act of 2006 [PDF text; summary] Monday before an audience of senior military lawyers, insisting it gives enemy combatants detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] "greater legal rights than are provided to lawful [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Sim Lake on Monday sentenced former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] to 24 years in prison and determined that $45 million of Skilling's assets will be seized to be distributed to former Enron employees. Skilling, convicted [JURIST report; verdict [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for John W. Hinckley, Jr. [Wikipedia profile] argued Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981 [PBS backgrounder] should be allowed more time away from a mental institution. Late [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Croatia [JURIST news archive] has ordered state officials to arrest parliamentarian Branimir Glavas [official profile, in Croatian; Wikipedia profile] on suspicion of war crimes commited against Serbs, including abduction, torture and murder in the eastern city of Osijek [backgrounder] in 1991-92 during Croatia's war of independence [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The interim Thailand government installed following a military coup [JURIST report] in September indicated Monday that it will not lift martial law until supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile] reduce their efforts to destabilize the political structure. Defense Minister Gen. Boonrawd Somtat said that the government [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The federal bench trial of a lawsuit [ACLU materials; press release] challenging the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA) [text] began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website]. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] brought the suit on behalf of [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US citizen with a Canadian wife and family who was convicted of third-degree sexual abuse began serving a plea deal Monday where he must avoid the US except to meet with his parole officer. Teacher Malcolm Watson's effective exile to Canada, where he already resides, has drawn attention [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants in the so-called Anfal trial [JURIST news archive; HRW backgrounder] said Monday that he will boycott the trial when it resumes on October 30 because some 1,000 pages of his documents were stolen from the lawyer's lounge in the Iraq Supreme [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Trevor Phillips [official profile], chairman of the UK Commission for Racial Equality [official website], warned Sunday that if communication about social differences does not improve in Britain, riots could erupt there in the wake of a religious dress [JURIST news archive] debate prompted by comments from House of Commons [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Legal Counsel Nicolas Michel [official profile] has submitted a final draft to the Lebanese government and the UN Security Council of a plans to establish an international tribunal [JURIST report] to investigate the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], according to an unnamed [read more]

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