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Legal news from Tuesday, January 2, 2007
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] New UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Tuesday that resolving the crisis in Darfur [JURIST news archive] was "very high" on his agenda [remarks] and would be one of his top priorities. Ban, whose tenure as secretary-general officially began Monday, said that he has already spoken to Jan [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A top Iraqi legal official whose presence at the Saddam execution [JURIST report] was required by law told Reuters Tuesday that he threatened to walk out of the execution after Shiite supporters began jeering the ousted leader. Munkith al-Faroon said that hecklers began chanting support for militant Shiite cleric [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts lawmakers Tuesday pushed forward a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Sixty-two members of the Massachusetts legislature [official website] voted for the measure and 132 against on a second vote, putting it 12 votes over the 50 vote threshold it needed to stay alive for further consideration by [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi [official website; BBC profile] said Tuesday that he would push the United Nations to adopt a universal ban on the death penalty [press release, in Italian] after this weekend's execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. Italy, which assumed a two-year non-permanent [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Phillip Ruddock [official profile] said Tuesday that Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] will be among the first of the Guantanamo detainees to be brought to trial before new US military commissions. In a news conference [transcript], Ruddock said that US counterpart Alberto [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A government official in Nepal [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that the country's interim constitution [eKantipur highlights; JURIST news archive] will be promulgated by the middle of January when the requisite arms management process outlined in the Nepalese peace plan [JURIST report] begins. Nepal's House of Representatives must first [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] initiated an investigation Tuesday into the taping and distribution of a graphic camera phone video [JURIST report] showing the actual Saturday execution [JURIST report] of ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC obituary] and the unruly process [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Sunnis demonstrated in the streets of Iraq Monday in continuing opposition to the Saturday execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC obituary], which was captured on camera phone video [JURIST report] taken at the scene. Most notably, Sunni protestors in Samarra stormed into a damaged Shiite [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Rizgar Mohammed Amin [JURIST news archive], the Iraqi Kurdish judge who presided over the Saddam Hussein Dujail trial [JURIST news archive] before resigning [JURIST report] in early 2006 over criticisms of his handling of the case, has said that Hussein's execution [JURIST report] violated Iraqi law banning executions during [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Federal courts are closed Tuesday under a proclamation [text] issued last week appointing Tuesday as a National Day of Mourning for former US President Gerald R. Ford [official profile; Ford Library timeline], who died [JURIST report] last week at the age of 93. President Bush ordered [text] most federal [read more]

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