Legal news from Sunday, December 10, 2006
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) has indicated that it will seek congressional approval for its planned $100 million Guantanamo Bay legal facility [JURIST report] rather than expedite construction by declaring it an emergency expense. US Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, in a November letter [PDF text] to [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile] slammed the Baker Iraq Study Group report [download page; JURIST report] during a Sunday news interview, says it contained "some very dangerous articles which undermine the sovereignty of Iraq and the constitution." Talabani objected to a proposal to place [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has died, according to an announcement from a military hospital [hospital website] in Santiago. Pinochet, 91, suffered a major heart attack [JURIST report] last Sunday; he was stabilized after emergency surgery but later [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission [official website; JURIST news archive] is set to vote on the proposed $82.2 billion AT&T -BellSouth merger [AT&T materials] after FCC general counsel Samuel Feder authorized Commissioner Robert McDowell to vote on a merger despite a possible conflict of interest. In an 8-page memorandum [PDF [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] has called for greater efforts to protect human rights worldwide in a speech [text; recorded video] marking International Human Rights Day [official website]. Annan on Friday acknowledged that the UN has often failed to live up to its own responsibility in the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website] has effectively extended [JURIST report] a national moratorium on the death penalty [Pravda report] until 2010 by postponing until then the establishment of jury trials in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder], the only territory in Russia that still uses three-judge panels in criminal hearings. The [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Legislation extending the mandate of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) [official website] passed both houses of the US Congress last week at the end of its current session, and the agency will continue to monitor US spending in Iraq until the fall of 2008 pending President [read more]

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