A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Tuesday, December 19, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the state's lethal injection procedures are subject to the state's Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and therefore must be developed under the guidance of the Maryland attorney general, a legislative committee and with review and comment by the public unless the legislature acts to explicitly exempt lethal injection …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined plans Tuesday to reform the country's pacifist constitution during his time in office. A national referendum would be required before the constitution could be amended and Abe promised Tuesday to pass a "National Referendum Bill" and accompanying procedures during the 2007 parliamentary session. Abe took office in September …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

A defense lawyer for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said Tuesday that Libby will call Vice President Dick Cheney to testify in Libby's upcoming trial on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Libby is charged in connection to the Justice Department's investigation of the leak of …

[read more]
by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has filed a new bankruptcy plan with the US Bankruptcy Court anticipating a payment of $75 million to settle outstanding sex abuse claims against some of its clergy. Under the plan submitted Monday, $40.7 million will go to 143 people, another $13.75 million …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Peruvian President Alan Garcia has called on lawmakers to authorize the death penalty for terrorism offenses. In a speech to the Peruvian Congress Monday, Garcia urged lawmakers to "give the necessary tools to the judges and to the executive branch to definitely eliminate" the Shining Path rebel group. Shining …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Serge Brammertz, the deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court who is heading the UN's independent investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri told the UN Security Council Monday that he has made progress in "developing crime scene evidence and investigating potential perpetrators." While briefing the Council …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Prosecutors at the Iraqi High Tribunal showed video footage of the aftermath of the so-called "Anfal" campaigns as Saddam Hussein's genocide trial continued in Baghdad Tuesday. The footage included images of warplanes bombing ethnic Kurdish villages in Northern Iraq, families fleeing the attacks and the bodies of children killed …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Jackie Arklov, a Swedish citizen who volunteered with a Croatian militia during the Bosnian war, was convicted of war crimes Monday in what the Stockholm District Court called the first occasion in modern times that a Swedish court has convicted someone of violating international law. Arklov was found guilty of torturing Bosnian Muslim prisoners of war …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Robert M. McDowell, one of five commissioners that make up the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has said that he will not vote on the proposed $82.2 billion AT&T-BellSouth merger [AT&T materials] despite being cleared to do so by FCC general counsel Samuel Feder. Feder issued a memorandum last week concluding that …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

A lawyer for a US Marine captain implicated in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November said Monday that his client has been informed that he will face criminal charges. Capt. Lucas McConnell has been told that he will face dereliction of duty charges, but his lawyer expressed surprise at the pending charges, saying …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have said that a program providing temporary housing to victims of Hurricane Katrina could resume this week. US District Judge Richard Leon last month ordered FEMA to reinstate certain housing payments for Katrina victims due to the agency's failure to …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Turkish writer Ipek Calislar was found not guilty Tuesday of "insulting the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 of the country's penal code. Calislar went on trial in October for writing that the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, once left his palace disguised as a woman to evade an assassination attempt. He …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Romanian President Traian Basescu has told the country's parliament that the "criminal and illegitimate" former Communist regime committed massive human rights violations and crimes against humanity, killing and persecuting as many as two million people between 1945 and 1989 Presenting the 650-page report of a special government commission …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday ordered his administration to "correct court-identified deficiencies in California's lethal injection protocol to ensure the death penalty procedure is constitutional." In a memorandum of intended decision issued last week, US District Judge Jeremy Fogel said that California's lethal injection protocol creates "an undue and …

[read more]
by Jeannie Shawl

Five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor were convicted and sentenced to death Tuesday for knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus. This is the second time a Libyan court has convicted the medics; the initial guilty verdict was overturned by the Libyan Supreme Court in 2005 and a retrial ordered. Defense …

[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.