Legal news from Saturday, October 28, 2006
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A two-day referendum on a proposed new Serbian constitution [DOC; text] which includes a controversial preamble asserting Serbia's ongoing claim to Kosovo got underway on Saturday, but only a small number of voters turned out in its early stages. The Serbian Election Commission [official website, in Serbian] announced [press [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] Friday withdrew a three-year-old lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging Section 215 [ACLU backgrounder] of the Patriot Act [PDF; JURIST news archive]. Congressional amendment of the Act [JURIST report] in March 2006 was cited as the reason for dropping the suit. Before amendment, [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Friday that Iraqi-American Mohammed Munaf had to be given ten days to appeal his case to the US Supreme Court and then the high court had to be accorded time to rule on that before the US military can [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House official David Safavian [Wikipedia profile], convicted in June of lying and obstructing justice [JURIST report] in connection with the Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] lobbying scandal, received an 18-month prison sentence [US DOJ press release] Friday. In January, Abramoff pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to fraud and [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Florida appeals court overturned [ruling, PDF] a lower court ruling [JURIST report] Friday and granted state election officials permission to post polling area signs telling voters that ballots cast for Mark Foley would count as votes for his Republican replacement candidate. Foley's name appears on the ballot because [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Friday rejected a claim by US Air Force Academy [official website] graduates that a military chaplain illegally forced Christianity on them [JURIST report]. US District Judge James A. Parker dismissed [opinion, PDF] the case because the cadets could not give specific examples of when cadets were [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush insisted Friday that the US does not torture prisoners when asked [White House press release] whether he agreed with a comment by Vice President Dick Cheney that a "dunk in the water" is a "no-brainer" when it comes to interrogating terror suspects. Scott Hennon of [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge issued [ACLU press release] a temporary restraining order Friday designed to alleviate crowded conditions in California's Los Angeles County jail system [LASD website]. The order from US District Judge Dean D. Pregerson came in response to a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] agreed to hear four cases Friday, including one where the Court will decide whether the parents of an autistic child must hire a lawyer or whether they can represent themselves in an accommodation lawsuit against a school district. In Winkelman [read more]

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