Legal news from Thursday, October 26, 2006
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan believed to have ties to two figures connected to the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday after a French criminal court found him guilty of "associating with wrongdoers in connection with a terrorist undertaking," an offense that encompasses a [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] US special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website; JURIST news archive] spent approximately three hours Thursday cross-examining the first witness presented by lawyers representing former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive]. The witness, psychologist Elizabeth Loftus [faculty website], was called to persuade US District [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal court in Atlanta Thursday rejected a government motion to seal unclassified files in the trial of two men with alleged terrorism ties. US citizens Syed Ahmed, 21, a Georgia Tech student, and Ehsanul Sadequee, 20, an employee of the Atlanta based non-profit South Asian advocacy group [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] Nicaraguan lawmakers voted Thursday to prohibit abortions [JURIST news archive] for any reason in the country, including procedures to save the life of a pregnant woman. The measure eliminates a long-standing medical necessity exception to the country's anti-abortion laws. Nicaragua [US State Dept. backgrounder] has a large Roman Catholic [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Alexander Milinkevich [campaign website; Wikipedia profile], the defeated opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential elections in March, was awarded the Sakharov Prize [press release] on Thursday by the European Parliament [official website], for his fight for democracy. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] won over Milinkevich by a [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Israel is breaching international humanitarian law and is violating the rights of Palestinians by placing severe restrictions on family visits with Palestinian prisoners, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B'Tselem) [advocacy website] said in a new report [text; press release] released Thursday. The human [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Thursday reiterated his belief that "marriage is a union between a man and a woman" a day after the New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] ruled that same-sex couples in the state must be afforded the same rights [JURIST report] as heterosexual couples. At a Republican fundraiser [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Corps Pfc. John J. Jodka pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and obstruction of justice charges [JURIST report] in relation to the April 26 death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Jodka was one of eight military personnel originally charged [JURIST report] with [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush Thursday signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 [PDF text; HR 6061 summary] authorizing 700 miles of fencing [JURIST news archive] along the US-Mexico border. The legislation represents the second portion of a two-part plan to tackle illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] in the US; [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand Army Chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin [BBC profile], who seized power from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] in a bloodless military coup [JURIST report] in September, admitted Thursday that investigators are struggling to find evidence of corruption, the ostensible reason for Thaksin's overthrow. The investigative commission [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Danish court dismissed a lawsuit [ruling, in Danish] Thursday filed by Muslim organizations [JURIST report] against the two editors of the Danish newspaper who published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] earlier this year. Worldwide protests among Muslims followed Jyllands-Posten [media website, in Danish] publication of [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department said Wednesday that it is considering plans to increase the number of courtrooms at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in order to begin trying suspected terrorists, a proposal that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars. DOD Deputy Assistant Secretary [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica [official profile] has urged Serbians to vote in favor of the country's new constitution [DOC text, in Serbian] in this weekend's referendum, saying a rejection of the charter would have "grave and unforeseeable" consequences for Serbia's future. If approved, the new constitution will make [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Indiana ruled [opinion text, PDF] Wednesday that Indiana correctly enforced its statute governing prerecorded messages when it chose to prohibit the Republican-backed Economic Freedom Fund (EFF) [advocacy website] from conducting automated attack push polls [SourceWatch backgrounder] in the state during the lead-up to the November [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) [industry website] in West Hollywood, California, has announced that JURIST has won a W3 Gold Award [W3 Awards website] for website excellence in the Law and Legal Services category for 2006. The W3 Awards - evoking the triple "w" in many [read more]

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