Legal news from Tuesday, January 9, 2007
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed its first piece of legislation for the 110th Congress late Tuesday, a bill [HR 1 text] to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission [official website] remaining after the enactment of the Intelligence Reform bill [JURIST report] in 2004. The bill [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton denied a request Tuesday from several news organizations seeking the daily release of audio recordings of arguments and testimony in the upcoming CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Walton [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi government officials have discovered the identity of the individual who shouted out the name of Moqtada al-Sadr [BBC profile], a militant Shiite cleric and head of the Mehdi Army militia, during the December 30 execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], according to a government spokesperson [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Four US federal appeals court nominees requested Tuesday that their names be withdrawn from consideration by the Senate [official website], according to Republican party officials. Each of the nominees, Michael Wallace, William Haynes, William Myers and Terrence Boyle [official profiles], were opposed by Democrats and failed to gain confirmation [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Faced with possible indictment by an Italian judge, US and Italian intelligence agents implicated in the 2003 kidnapping and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] from Milan of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday pressed for a political resolution of their case. Hearings [JURIST [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in three cases Tuesday, including US v. Resendiz-Ponce [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court upheld the conviction of Juan Resendiz-Ponce on charges of attempting to re-enter the United States illegally from Mexico after being [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Pitcairn Supreme Court [Wikipedia backgrounder] found two more men guilty Tuesday of rape and related offences against children as young as seven. The latest conviction of Shawn Christian and Brian Young follow the six other men convicted in October 2004 of committing sexual abuse [JURIST report] against women [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Fazul Abdullah Mohammed [FBI profile], one of the FBI's most wanted terror fugitives, was the target of two US air strikes in Somalia [AFPS report] on Monday. Believed to be a member of al-Qaida and to have trained with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, Fazul is listed as the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The former head of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity Ayham al-Samaraie [Wikipedia profile], who escaped from a Baghdad prison [JURIST report] in December, has said he plans to return to his home in the United States. Al-Samaraie, a member of the 2004-2005 interim Iraqi government [BBC backgrounder], was serving [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Opening statements were made Tuesday in insurance lawsuits brought against State Farm Fire & Casualty [corporate website] brought by policyholders who were denied claims after Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Judge L.T. Senter Jr. of the US District for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] denied State Farm’s [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President George Bush announced Tuesday that Fred F. Fielding [official profile] will serve as the new White House counsel [statement text]. Fielding, who has advised Bush throughout his presidency and sat on the 9/11 Commission [official website], will replace Harriet Miers [official profile], who announced her resignation [JURIST [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] German Federal Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries [official profile, in German] said at a press conference Monday that Germany will attempt to make denial of the World War II-era Holocaust in which millions of Jews died at the hands of the Nazis illegal throughout the European Union. The plan [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The number of detainees on hunger-strike at Guantanamo Bay has increased this month to 11 from five as the detention center's fifth anniversary [Amnesty International press release] approaches on Thursday. US military spokesman have in the past insisted that hunger strikes are a typical tactic of Al-Qaeda members, designed [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for 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; BBC profile], the two Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] co-defendants sentenced to death [JURIST report] alongside Hussein for crimes committed in the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] British judges have rejected a UK government proposal that government ministers say would simplify sentencing and increase judicial discretion in dealing with serious criminals, calling it a "kneejerk reaction" to an earlier sentencing scandal [JURIST report] over the possibility of parole within six years for a sex offender convicted [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday sentenced a Pakistani man to 30 years in prison after he was convicted [JURIST report] of conspiring to bomb a New York City subway station in retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive]. Lawyers for Shahawar Matin Siraj [Wikipedia [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] Monday unanimously approved lifting a freeze on pay increases [S. 197 text] for federal judges. The freeze was imposed last month when a bill was passed by Congress to halt yearly cost-of-living raises for lawmakers and judges until February 15. The measure was passed [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The voices of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile], known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali", were heard discussing the use of chemical weapons to kill thousands in audio tapes played Monday before the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] during its [read more]

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