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Legal news from Saturday, November 4, 2006

[JURIST] The judge presiding at the Libyan trial [JURIST news archive] of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian physician for allegedly infecting over 400 children with the HIV virus announced Saturday that the verdict in the case will be rendered December 19. The six medical professionals have been held prisoner … [read more]

[JURIST] A top Pakistani judge has forbidden female lawyers to wear the Muslim hijab [III&E backgrounder; JURIST news archive] (veil) in his courtroom, according to the Saturday edition of Pakistan's Daily Times [media website] newspaper. The Times quotes Chief Justice Tariq Pervaiz Khan [official profile] of the Peshawar High Court … [read more]

[JURIST] Thousands of lawyers working for political parties, government and interest groups are preparing to go into action across the United States Tuesday when Americans vote in mid-term elections. At stake is control of Congress [NYT backgrounder] and a series of key state ballot initiatives [Stateline.org list, PDF] on hot-button … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] is attempting to block lawyers' access to Majid Khan, one of 14 "high value" prisoners [DNI profiles, PDF] previously held at a CIA secret prison [JURIST report] but recently transferred to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST archive]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) [advocacy website], and other rights groups filed a lawsuit [PDF] Friday attempting to block an ordinance [2006-38R text, TIF] in Escondido, California [official website], designed to prevent landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. In October, Escondido lawmakers approved … [read more]

[JURIST] US Rear Adm. Harry Harris [official profile], chief of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility, has said that compulsory interrogations are no longer employed to elicit information from detainees due to their ineffectiveness as compared to "rapport building" techniques. Harris, who took command of the camp in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari in two cases Friday to clarify the law on federal sentencing guidelines. The cases, Claiborne v. United States, 06-5618, and Rita v. United States, 06-5754, were selected from dozens of similarly-themed appeals to address the issue of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] Friday began transferring inmates to private detention centers in other states to alleviate overcrowding under the terms California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's October 4 emergency proclamation [JURIST report]. The first transfer flight of 80 inmates was delayed while a lawsuit … [read more]

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's defense team asked the Iraqi High Tribunal Friday to delay its now-expected Sunday verdict in the Dujail crimes against humanity case [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline] against the ousted Iraqi leader, saying in a letter obtained by AP that it needed more time to make final arguments. … [read more]

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