Legal news from Wednesday, January 3, 2007
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Awad Hamed al-Bandar [Wikipedia profile], former chief judge of Iraq's Saddam Hussein-era Revolutionary Court, and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al Tikriti [GlobalSecurity profile] Wednesday mounted last-minute legal challenges to prevent their clients' executions, currently expected [JURIST report] to take place Thursday before dawn. Both men [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Richard Causey [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive], former Enron chief accounting officer, has reported to the Bastrop Federal Correction Institution [official website], a low-security facility in Texas, to begin serving his prison sentence for his role in the Enron accounting scandal [JURIST news archive]. Causey was sentenced to [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US ambassador-at-large for war crimes Clint Williamson [official profile] told a Sarajevo newspaper in an interview published Tuesday that the United States would consider it "absolutely unacceptable" for fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY backgrounder; BBC profile] and his military commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US forces left security during Saddam Hussein's execution [JURIST report] to Iraqi authorities Saturday but would have handled the hanging "differently", US Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said during a press conference [recorded video; transcript] in Baghdad Wednesday. Caldwell said that US-led coalition forces transported Saddam to the execution site, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of written decisions, reaching a low of 59 decisions in 2006 compared to 144 in 1990, according to statistics gathered by the Toronto Globe and Mail. The court has steadily decreased the number of [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama [BBC profile], the Fijian military commander who led a military coup [JURIST report] against former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [Wikipedia profile] early last month, has suspended the activities of Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki and Chief Magistrate Naomi Lomaiviti pending investigations into possible corruption in the judiciary. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants also sentenced to death [JURIST report; BBC verdict summary] in the Dujail trial [JURIST news archive] will be executed Thursday, according to an Iraqi government official. Former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US FBI agents reported numerous instances of military personnel and contractors using harsh interrogation practices at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], including wrapping a detainee's head in duct tape and a female guard wiping menstrual blood on detainees' faces, according to new information [report, [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] An official who supervised the execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was arrested Wednesday in connection to the taping of a camera phone video [WARNING: graphic images; JURIST report] showing Hussein's death and the unruly process surrounding the execution, according to an advisor to Iraqi Prime [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials in Mexico have approved a plan to issue Mexicans crossing the US border illegally satellite tracking devices [Sunday Telegraph report] to ensure their safe arrival in the United States. Even with a knowledgeable guide — called a "coyote" — paid to lead the way, it is believed [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Spokesmen for European governments Tuesday publicly deplored the way the execution of Saddam Hussein [JURIST report] was conducted, adding criticism of the process revealed by an unofficial video [WARNING: graphic images] - and the making of the video itself with a camera phone [JURIST report] - to their previous [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A New Jersey state commission recommended Tuesday that the state abolish the death penalty, replacing it with a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A report [text, PDF] endorsed by 12 of the 13 members of the New Jersey Death Penalty Commission [official website] concluded that there was [read more]

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