Legal news from Monday, November 13, 2006
22:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Monday upheld [PDF text] an Ohio regulation requiring a women to meet with a doctor 24 hours prior to an abortion procedure but reversed a District Court ruling [JURIST report] that had sustained a provision limiting minors to one chance [read more]

22:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Monday denied [order, PDF] an application [text, PDF] by US citizen Mohammad Munaf [JURIST news archive] for a temporary injunction postponing his transfer [JURIST report] to Iraqi custody where he faces the death penalty for his involvement in a 2005 kidnapping in Iraq. [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] may effectively extend a death penalty moratorium [Pravda report] for three years if the State Duma [official website, in Russian] passes a bill shifting the deadline for introducing jury trials in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder] from January 1, 2007, to January 1, 2010. The Russian Constitutional [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the independent Human Rights Moroccan Center announced plans Monday to appeal a Moroccan court's conviction [JURIST report] of three former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees accused of involvement in terrorism. Khaled al Charkaoui expressed surprise at last week's convictions of Mohamed Slimani, Najib Houssani and [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanon's cabinet approved a UN draft proposal for an international judicial tribunal to try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], but six pro-Syrian cabinet members have resigned since Sunday, possibly rendering the cabinet decision invalid. Lebanon's constitution [text] requires [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Torture has become widespread in the strife-ridden southern Russian republic of Chechnya [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], with more than 100 known cases in both official and secret detention centers, according to a new report [contents; PDF text] released Monday by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. The HRW report, [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive], outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has indicated that President Bush may have to nominate moderate judges to any future vacancies on the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] following midterm elections that ceded [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian government will request the return of Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] if the US fails to charge him under the revised military commissions framework, Australia's attorney general told a meeting of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) [official website] Monday. In August, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday upheld California's "catch-all" jury instruction for death penalty cases, ruling that the instructions provide adequate opportunity for jurors to weigh evidence that favors the defendant. In a 5-4 decision in Ayers v. Belmontes [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] has started a hunger strike ahead of his trial, scheduled for November 27 at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), demanding [statement, DOC] that the ICTY dismiss his court-appointed lawyers and allow him to prepare [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian bill of rights would frustrate the government's ability to deal with terrorism and other threats, Australia's attorney general told a meeting of Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) [official website] Monday. Australian Attorney General Phillip Ruddock [official profile] told the Commission he is against binding [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Certain portions of British courtroom proceedings could be televised in the near future, according to the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) [official website], which is preparing to outline a proposal in a consultation paper to be released in the next few weeks. Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile], the [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Defense Minister Boonrawd Somtas again suggested Monday that martial law could be lifted by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile] before the PM leaves for an international summit in Vietnam on November 18, and said that a decision would be made in the next day or [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN's top political official has asked Myanmar's military government to release political prisoner and rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile] after meeting with the rights activist [UN News report] over the weekend. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Myanmar for 17 years, [read more]

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