Legal news from Tuesday, November 21, 2006
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Tuesday approved a proposal for an international tribunal to try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. In a letter from the 15-person body to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Security Council accepted the [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr. was sentenced to a maximum 21-month confinement Tuesday after pleading guilty [press release] at court-martial to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with the alleged murder and kidnapping of an unarmed Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Audio recordings of proceedings from several US Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) [DOD materials] hearings conducted at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in 2004 were made public for the first time Tuesday by National Public Radio after being released to lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees acting under provisions of [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US UN Ambassador John Bolton [official profile] has urged quick agreement [press release] on the creation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] in the aftermath of Tuesday's assassination [BBC report] of anti-Syrian Lebanese [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist rebel leader Prachanda signed [recorded video via eKantipur] a peace agreement [text in Nepali] Tuesday formally ending the decade-long Maoist guerilla insurgency against the government that left over 13,000 people dead. The deal clears the way for Maoists to serve in [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] in Kinhasa was set on fire Tuesday by protestors supporting Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba [campaign website, in French; Wikipedia profile], who on Saturday filed a challenge [JURIST report] to the results of last month's presidential run-off election [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Fiji High Court judge Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against former Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka [Wikipedia profile], charged with inciting a military mutiny [JURIST report]. Although High Court Justice Gerard Winter did not disclose his reason for declaring a mistrial, local media speculated that the [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The tax fraud trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and British lawyer David Mills [Guardian profile] was adjourned Tuesday after the defense applied to have one of the judges taken off the case. Judge Edoardo d'Avossa was involved in other Berlusconi trials, [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court [official website] on Monday urged prosecutors to either charge hospital workers accused of killing four patients in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] or drop the case. Judge Calvin Johnson said he is concerned that no formal indictment [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] ruled 6-1 Tuesday that same-sex marriages [JURIST report] ordained abroad must be recognized by the state [ACRI press release]. The ruling does not allow for same-sex civil marriages to occur in Israel but mandates that the government recognize the unions [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled Monday that the 1996 Communications Decency Act [PDF text - see Title V] protects online users, including bloggers, who republish defamatory statements written by others from liability. Citing First Amendment concerns, the court said in its opinion [PDF text] that plaintiffs claiming [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's use of force during its 33-day standoff [JURIST news archive] with Hezbollah in Lebanon was "excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate" in "flagrant violation" of international law, according to a report issued Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Council [official website]. The report [PDF text] is the product of a [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A draft UN General Assembly [official website] resolution condemning human rights violations in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] has been blocked [press release] in the General Assembly's Third Committee [official website] by a group of mainly developing nations that claim such resolutions are politically motivated. The resolution would have expressed [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington, one of several US Marines facing court-martial in connection with the kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], told a military court Monday that agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service [official website] told him not to [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled [PDF text] Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] can withhold documents and information relating to its Terrorist Surveillance Program [JURIST news archive; US DOJ fact sheet, PDF] requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US judge sentenced Bosnian immigrant Marko Boskic to 63 months in prison Monday for failing to reveal his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] while trying to enter the US as a refugee. Boskic was charged [JURIST report] in August 2004 with five [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General Janet Reno [WP profile] joined seven other former US Justice Department officials Monday in opposing an interpretation of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [PDF text; JURIST news archive] that would deny suspected terrorists held in the US access to the civilian court system. [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [BBC profile] has recommended that Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] stand trial for the 1994 killing of former president Juvenal Habyarimana [Wikipedia profile], which sparked the country's genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] in which some 800,000 people died. Kagame has denied [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Losing leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; BBC profile] held a ceremony Monday to establish himself as the "moral" president of Mexico in his latest attempt to develop a parallel government [JURIST report] for the country. The defeated candidate is hoping to maintain the [read more]

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