Legal news from Wednesday, December 27, 2006
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC profile] told reporters Wednesday that "the door remains open" for possible changes to the structure and procedure of a divisive UN-supported international tribunal [JURIST news archive] being proposed to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] in [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday that it could not force the state legislature to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. After lawmakers failed to vote on the ballot initiative in November, Governor Mitt Romney [official profile] sued the Commonwealth [JURIST [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi judges and lawyers Wednesday mulled over a potential constitutional complication in the wake of Tuesday's Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] appeals chamber affirmation of a death sentence [JURIST report] against ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] In the latest corruption scandal involving Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [official website, English version; BBC profile] and his family, a Taiwanese court on Wednesday sentenced Chen son-in-law Chao Chien-min to six years in prison for insider trading. Chao Chien-min, who is married to Chen's daughter, was convicted of using [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile] has initiated a defamation lawsuit against a computer specialist believed to have included his name among a list of people falsely accused of accepting kickbacks to secret bank accounts from an arms deal. Sarkozy rival Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The director of China’s State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) [official website, Chinese; English] claimed Tuesday in an official report that corruption on the part of local government leaders has contributed to the rampant pollution [JURIST news archive] found in many of China’s cities. SEPA Director Zhou Shengxian [official backgrounder, [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former US President Gerald R. Ford [official profile; Ford Library timeline] died [official memorial website] Tuesday at the age of 93. A 1941 Yale Law School graduate who became GOP House Minority Leader during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, he eventually became Vice-President and then the 38th president of [read more]

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