Legal news from Wednesday, October 25, 2006
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews [official profile] said Wednesday that the Canadian government will review and perhaps appeal an Ontario Superior Court ruling [text, PDF] that struck down as unconstitutional [JURIST report] a key provision of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder]. In its decision Tuesday, the Ontario court [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Argentina [JURIST news archive] argued before an Argentinean federal judge Wednesday that he should authorize the arrest of several Iranian officials for their alleged roles the AMIA Jewish cultural center bombing [Wikipedia backgrounder] that killed 85 people and wounded over 200 more in Buenos Aries in 1994. [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Quebec Justice John Gomery [CBC profile] told CBC News Wednesday that his recent recommendations on limiting government corruption and abuse of power in the wake of the federal sponsorship scandal [CBC backgrounder] have been lost in a "black hole" due to the inaction of Canada's Conservative Party government, which [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday postponed the trial of Serbian war crimes suspect and former nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] previously scheduled to begin on November 2, citing concerns that Seselj might not have time to adequately [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled [PDF text] that same-sex couples in the state must be afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples, and said that the state legislature must decide whether New Jersey will recognize same-sex marriage or another form of civil unions. In [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian officials investigating the October 7 death of reporter Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary] are focusing their probe on former police officers who Politkovskaya linked to the killing and torture of Chechen civilians, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Wednesday. According to the article, investigators followed up on sightings of two former [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley [official profile] announced Wednesday that government officials have requested a probe into allegations that former Chile dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] stashed approximately nine tons of gold in a Hong Kong bank, as reported [article, in Spanish] by El Mercurio [media [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] An internal memo circulated in the Israeli State Prosecutor's Office has called for an immediate investigation into possible criminal actions taken by Prime Minister Ehmud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] involving bids on a controlling interest in a bank stretching back to 2005. Olmert is suspected of accepting bribery [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] on Wednesday held [opinion, PDF; summary] that state charter or community schools are valid and the statute authorizing them is constitutional "on its face and as applied." Chapter 3314 of the Ohio Revised Code [text] allows the state legislature to fund charter [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnia's ambassador to the United Nations wants the Swedish government to free Biljana Plavsic [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] from the Hinseberg prison for women, where she has been serving an 11-year sentence as the only woman convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced a pro-democracy leader to three years in prison for criticizing the communist government in Internet posts, according to the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy [advocacy website; Wikipedia backgrounder] Wednesday. Li Jianping participated in the 1989 movement for democracy in China [Wikipedia backgrounder] [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Wednesday accused agents of the Burundi [JURIST news archive] National Intelligence Service of widespread abuses [press release] since the new government came into power, including killings and torture [JURIST report]. HRW contended in a new report [text] that President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Atheist Michael Newdow [advocacy website; Time profile], the man who sued [OYEZ case backgrounder; JURIST report] to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance [JURIST news archive], will be able to proceed with a libel lawsuit against a chaplain, according to a ruling [opinion, PDF] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] German intelligence agents personally witnessed the torture of detainees at a secret US prison in Europe two weeks after the Sept. 11 terror attacks [JURIST news archive], according to a German intelligence report leaked to Stern magazine. The leaked report asserts the German agents saw US interrogators beat a [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] is currently reviewing proposed rule changes that would place further restrictions on attorney contact with detainees now held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The rules, submitted in government court filings for use in the case [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion text] that a planned referendum on modifying the country's constitution to abolish the upper house of congress cannot proceed. The referendum would have amended the 1987 constitution [text] to abolish the Philippines Senate [official website] in favor [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Tony Garza, the US Ambassador to Mexico [embassy website], said Tuesday that Mexico has extradited 50 prisoners to the US this year, a record total, for stateside prosecution of crimes committed in the US. The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website] ruled last November that prisoners serving life sentences [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] told reporters in Spain Tuesday that the perception that the US does not support the rule of law is "disappointing." Gonzales acknowledged that the international reputation of the US has been injured by several ongoing news stories, including the [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] has said that he opposes a bill, passed during a preliminary reading in the Iran parliament earlier this month, that would require every American visitor in Iran to be fingerprinted upon entry. Ahmadinejad said Monday that Americans are welcome in Iran [read more]

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