Legal news from Friday, November 3, 2006
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] said [press release] Friday that commanders on the ground have prevented Army Sgt. Santos A. Cardona [JURIST news archive], found guilty in June of abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive], from being redeployed to Iraq out of fear for his [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] British-based bank Barclays PLC [corporate website] announced [press release, PDF] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to settle litigation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website; case documents] relating to Enron’s bankruptcy estate. Barclays [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews [official website] said Friday that the Canadian government will not appeal an October 19 Ontario Superior Court decision [JURIST report] that threw out secrecy-related provisions of the Security of Information Act [CSIS backgrounder; text] as unconstitutional. The Canadian Department of Justice [official website] announced [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website; HRW backgrounder] Friday convicted former Bosnian Serb military commander Marko Samardzija [press release; case backgrounder] of crimes against humanity for ordering the massacre of at least 144 Muslisms from the Kljuc region in 1992 during the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's defense minister Friday canceled leave for Iraqi soldiers and summoned all military personnel currently on leave to return to station in preparation for potential violence after the anticipated announcement of a verdict in the first Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] on Sunday. The order was given in [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has warned federal prosecutors about leaking information on ongoing investigations of legislators to the media in advance of the upcoming mid-term elections. In recent months, several news outlets have identified federal officials as sources for reports about probes into allegedly improper [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The new government of Thailand [JURIST news archive] has dropped charges against 92 Muslim participants in a 2004 anti-government protest. The news comes a day after interim Prime Minister Chulanont Surayud [official website, BBC profile] apologized to Muslim leaders in the southern Pattani province for the former government's crackdown [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Medicaid [official website; JURIST news archive] assistance will be available to infants under the age of one year born in the US to illegal immigrants only if they have citizenship documentation, according to Bush administration officials quoted in the New York Times Friday. The new policy requires illegal immigrant [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The first lady of Taiwan [JURIST news archive] has been indicted on charges of embezzling $448,000 in state funds and falsifying documents. The state prosecutor's office says there is enough evidence of wrongdoing to also indict her husband President Chen Shui-bian [official profile, BBC profile], but Article 52 of [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Senegal indicated Thursday that it will reexamine its local laws in order to bring to justice former Chad dictator Hissene Habre [JURIST news archive, BBC profile], now living in Senegal. In 1992 a Chadian Truth Commission report accused Habre of committing some 40,000 acts of murder [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] delayed a vote on the proposed $82.2 billion merger of BellSouth and AT&T [corporate websites] for the third time Thursday. The measure was previously delayed [JURIST report] to allow Democrats on the commission more time to study the proposal. An FCC official [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] urged voters at campaign rallies in Montana and Nevada Thursday to vote Republican so that the Senate can continue to confirm key judicial nominees "who will not legislate from the bench." Bush pointed to Chief Justice John Roberts [OYEZ profile; JURIST [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The investigation into abuses committed during Argentina's Dirty War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has been expanded to include the tenure of former President Isabel Peron [Wikipedia profile], a government minister said Thursday. Peron, the wife of late President Juan Peron [Wikipedia profile], took office in 1974 but was [read more]

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