Legal news from Friday, December 8, 2006
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct [official website] concluded Friday that although Republican leaders did not break any ethics rules [PDF report] in addressing the misconduct of disgraced ex-Congressman Mark Foley [Congressional profile], they nonetheless failed to protect young pages from inappropriate communications. Following an investigation [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The number of journalists imprisoned for their writings increased for the second year in a row in 2006 and one-third of those jailed are Internet journalists or bloggers, according to a new worldwide report [text] from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website]. The CPJ report notes that [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US government lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; ACLU case file] against outgoing US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] in connection with alleged torture and abused by US personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, arguing Rumsfeld is entitled to immunity. The ACLU [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] War crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] agreed to end his nearly month-long hunger strike [JURIST report] Friday after an appeals chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] ruled that Seselj could represent himself during trial. Last month, the ICTY stripped [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Michigan Department of Corrections [official website] in contempt of court for failing to conform with medical care requirements mandated by the court in a prior ruling. The court ordered [injunction, PDF] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] An internal investigation has found that French police officers improperly handled a case that sparked weeks of rioting [JURIST news archive] outside Paris and around the country late last year, a lawyer involved in the case said Thursday. The mass rioting began in the poor Paris suburbs in October [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A first group of more than 40 detainees held at the US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] were transferred Thursday to a new $37 million dollar maximum-security prison [JURIST report] built [JURIST report] by Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root [JURIST news archive] designed to minimize detainee [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website] on Friday overturned as unconstitutional a 2004 law establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission [ICTJ backgrounder, PDF] in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] to investigate, compensate, and resolve many human rights violations that occurred during the 1966-1998 authoritarian regime of former President Haji Mohammad [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian Supreme Court has ruled that an attempt to remove regional governor Rasheed Ladoja from his position was unconstitutional. Ladoja, governor of Nigeria's Oyo state, was impeached [BBC report] in January 2006 after being accused of corruption and abusing his office. He challenged the impeachment in court, and [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Italian lawmakers are planning to draft legislation that would give some legal recognition to same-sex unions [JURIST news archive], officials from the Italian Senate [official website] said Thursday. Senate leaders have requested that a bill be drafted by January 31 that would give legal status to unions of all [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.