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Legal news from Saturday, December 2, 2006

[JURIST] Some 30,000 Serbs gathered in front of the US embassy in Belgrade on Saturday insisting that the United States and the United Nations are trying to kill ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS) [party website, in Serbian] leader and war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder]. Seselj … [read more]

[JURIST] The New York Times has asked US District Judge Claude M. Hilton to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought by Dr. Stephen J. Hatfill, a former Army germ-warfare researcher who was named a "person of interest" by the FBI [JURIST news archive] in its investigations of anthrax mailings shortly after … [read more]

[JURIST] Software-dependent electronic voting machines, "are not viable for future voting systems" and "in practical terms cannot be made secure," according to a draft report [PDF text; press release] prepared by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) [official website] and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) [official website]. … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN Human Rights Council [official website] commission of inquiry has recommended [report, PDF] that Israel be made to compensate Lebanon for damages the Israeli military inflicted during the 33-day conflict in the Middle East [JURIST news archive]. Specifically, the panel recommended that the Council create "a commission competent … [read more]

[JURIST] Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Chairman Kevin Martin has asked the FCC general counsel to consider whether one commissioner with a potential conflict of interest may be allowed to consider a proposed $82.2 billion merger of BellSouth and AT&T [corporate websites]. The merger has been delayed three times … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawsuit brought against the New Hampshire Republican State Committee [official website] for the jamming of Democratic phone lines in the 2002 Senate race has been settled, according to a statement Friday from GOP state Committee Chairman Wayne Semprini. The New Hampshire Democratic Party [official website] filed civil suit … [read more]

[JURIST] Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed Friday to vote on a compromise offshore drilling bill [S 3711 text; CRS summary] on Tuesday under special rules that limit amendments and generally speed up proceedings, but require a two-thirds majority for approval. If passed, the bill would allow oil … [read more]

[JURIST] Argentinean judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral declared former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [official website, in Persian; BBC profile] and eight other Iranian officials fugitives from justice on Friday. The nine failed to respond to arrest warrants [JURIST report] issued in Argentina in November for their alleged roles the AMIA … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court Friday denied the request of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST archive] to remove the judge presiding over his tax fraud trial. Berlusconi and co-defendant David Mills [Guardian profile] had asked that Judge Edoardo d'Avossa be removed [JURIST report] from the current … [read more]

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