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Legal news from Tuesday, December 12, 2006
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Members of Thailand's National People's Assembly (NPA) [Nation report] will meet next week to select a preliminary list of NPA members who will participate on a committee to draft a new constitution, but a senior Thai military official said Tuesday that only one or two military officers would be [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Lebanese cabinet Tuesday sent the country's National Assembly a draft plan to establish a UN-supported international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] in February 2005. The cabinet approved the draft [JURIST report] late last month despite resignations by all [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) [official websites] announced [press release] Tuesday that they have sent the FBI [official website] a letter [PDF] signed by thirty-three members of Congress asking it to release information from its probe into the 2001 anthrax attacks [GWU backgrounder], in [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile] announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will no longer encourage corporations to turn over confidential records to officials investigating corporate fraud [JURIST news archive]. The new McNulty Memorandum [PDF text] revises portions of the 2003 Thompson Memorandum [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Arar Commission [official website], the official judicial inquiry into the circumstances under which Canadian Maher Arar [advocacy website; CBC timeline] was detained in the US in 2002 and removed to Syria where Arar says he was tortured, recommended Tuesday that a new agency be created to review national [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Miriam [BBC profile] was found guilty of genocide Tuesday at the conclusion of a 12-year in absentia trial. Mengistu and 72 other former officials were charged with genocide, imprisonment, homicide, and illegal confiscation of property for crimes committed during the "Red Terror" [US LOC [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] late Monday postponed the date former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] must report to prison so that the court can consider Skilling's request that he be released on bail while his appeal is considered. Skilling was [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal on Tuesday rejected [judgment text] an attempt to force the government to hold a public inquiry into the UK's decision to go to war in Iraq [JURIST report]. Two mothers of soldiers appealed a lower court decision [text; JURIST report] that they could not [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance [official website] on Tuesday annulled [judgment text; press release, PDF] a decision by the Council of the European Union to freeze the assets of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) [organization website; Wikipedia backgrounder] after EU member states put the group on [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Australian Capital Territory [official website] on Tuesday introduced revised legislation [press release] that would grant legal recognition to same-sex partnerships but would stop short of authorizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell [official profile] introduced the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 [legislative [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will be immediately executed and possibly buried in secret if his death sentence is approved by the court currently considering his appeal [JURIST report], according to an Iraqi government official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity Tuesday. Hussein and two of his co-defendants, [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Lawrence Karlton [official profile] said Monday that the state of California has six months to remedy overcrowding in the state's prison system, which is 70 percent overcapacity with 173,000 total inmates, before he will decide whether to establish a three-member judicial panel to make recommendations to [read more]

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