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Legal news from Thursday, November 2, 2006

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie Walton [official profile] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday against allowing the testimony of memory experts in the CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive]. Libby, charged [text, PDF; JURIST report] last year with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Marshals Service [official website] captured over 10,000 fugitives last week, the largest number apprehended in a single enforcement effort in US history, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Thursday. During the press conference [transcript], Gonzales said that the nationwide sweep, entitled Operation FALCON III [US Marshals backgrounder], … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Thursday accused the British government of encouraging torture in a new report [text; summary]. HRW slammed the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair for attempting to lead evidence gained through torture [JURIST report] in court cases; for trying to deport terrorist suspects [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website] ruled [press release, in German] Thursday that because the country was not directly involved in the 1999 NATO bombings that killed 10 Serbs [CNN report] and injured 30, it is not obligated to compensate victims. The 35 Serbs who brought the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Digital Democracy and the US Public Interest Research Group [advocacy websites] have filed a 50-page complaint [PDF text; press release] with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking it to look into allegedly "deceptive and unfair" advertising practices of Internet companies [CDD backgrounder], including web giants … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Computer Associates [corporate website] CEO Sanjay Kumar [Wikipedia profile] received a 12-year prison sentence and an $8 million fine Thursday after pleading guilty in April to charges [press release; JURIST report] of securities fraud and obstruction of justice for his role in the company's revenue-swapping of $2.2 billion … [read more]

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] has refused to meet with Australian consular officials in order to avoid punishment by US guards, his lawyer has told an Australian Senate panel. The lawyer said that Hicks believes he has been punished after previously complaining about his treatment … [read more]

[JURIST] Ohio absentee voters must continue to show proof of ID when applying for an absentee ballot, but absentee ballots already obtained without ID will still be counted after a settlement [PDF text] was reached Wednesday between the state and groups opposed to Ohio's voter ID law [Ohio SOS backgrounder]. … [read more]

[JURIST] UK Information Commissioner Richard Thomas [official website] on Thursday warned that Britain is becoming a "surveillance society" [press release], where the daily lives of citizens are increasingly monitored and privacy is being gradually - if often imperceptibly - eroded. He said governmental, commercial and even private surveillance activities, however … [read more]

[JURIST] The retrial of two British National Party (BNP) [party website; BBC profile] officials on charges of inciting racial hatred began Wednesday in the UK, with hundreds of supporters protesting outside the Leeds Crown Court. BNP leader Nick Griffin [Wikipedia profile] and senior aide Mark Collett face two race hate … [read more]

[JURIST] Thai interim Prime Minister Chulanont Surayud [official website; BBC profile] Thursday promised to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the government of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile]. Speaking to Muslim leaders in the southern Pattani province, Surayud apologized for the former government's crackdown on an Islamic … [read more]

[JURIST] The United States is violating its universal human rights obligations by its failure to protect millions of illegal immigrant workers from exploitation and discrimination in the workplace, according to a petition [PDF text; press release] filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] Wednesday. The petition … [read more]

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] has refused to rule on whether the European Constitution [official website] conforms with the German Constitution until a final decision on its ratification has been made. The German parliament ratified the document last year, but German President Horst Koehler [official website, … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers representing detainees held in the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Wednesday petitioned [brief, PDF; second brief, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to declare a portion of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [PDF text; JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] US Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez [Wikipedia profile] retired from the military Wednesday saying he was "forced" to leave [Monitor report] because of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal [JURIST news archive] which occurred during his tenure as the commander of all US forces in Iraq. In an interview with … [read more]

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