Legal news from Monday, December 11, 2006
18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland [diocesan website; diocesan website on clergy abuse] has settled child sex abuse lawsuits with about 150 people, court-appointed mediators US District Judge Michael Hogan and Oregon Circuit Judge Lyle Velure announced [news release, PDF] Monday. They reported that "the vast majority of [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] on Monday urged the US not to abandon "its own ideals and objectives" in the war against terrorism, stressing that "human rights and the rule of law are vital to global security and prosperity." In his last speech [transcript] as secretary-general, delivered [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has accepted the prosecution's latest proposal to limit the amount of detail former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] can introduce at trial concerning classified intelligence. In a sealed ruling Monday, US District Judge Reggie Walton tempered an earlier ruling [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court has set a hearing for January 9 to determine whether to issue indictments for over 30 US and Italian intelligence agents in the alleged kidnapping and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. Italian prosecutors last [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] urged China Monday to "repeal restrictions on lawyers handling collective disputes and representing protesters." In a new report [text; press release], HRW slammed rules adopted by the government-controlled All China Lawyers Association [group website, in Chinese; English backgrounder] in March, which place restrictions on [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two cases Monday, including Carey v. Musladin [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that a federal appeals court improperly overturned a state court ruling allowing a murder victim's family to wear buttons [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Over 20,000 people protested in Pakistan Sunday calling on the government to withdraw new legislation that allows rape cases to be tried in either secular or Islamic courts. The Protection of Women Bill, signed [JURIST report] by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile] earlier this month, amends [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Romanian prisoners protested Sunday demanding improved conditions in overcrowded prisons after a bill was rejected last week by a committee of the Romanian Parliament [official website]. The bill would have granted early release to approximately 10,000 prisoners with less than five-year sentences. Nearly 6,000 inmates in 24 [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chileans reacted to the death [JURIST report] of former dictator General Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in divergent ways Sunday, with some protesting that he died without ever facing trial for human rights violations committed during his regime, others celebrating the news of his death with champagne, [read more]

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