Legal news from Friday, January 19, 2007
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The organizers of a Moscow Gay Pride parade that was denied a permit [JURIST report] in May by Moscow's mayor, and then when held anyway in protest was marred by anti-gay violence, are considering filing a lawsuit against the Moscow city government [official website, in Russian] in the European [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced Friday to 30 months imprisonment for receiving gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors. Ney pleaded guilty [plea agreement, PDF; JURIST report] last October to conspiracy and making false statements in relation to his dealings with lobbyist [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Members of a German parliamentary committee investigating the detention of German-born Turk Murat Kurnaz [Wikipedia profile] at Guantanamo Bay alleged Thursday that the government of German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder [BBC profile] allowed him to remain a prisoner for years, even after US officials offered to release him into German [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 22-year-old Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil [advocacy website], who has been in detention since November on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife in his blog [website, in Arabic], has begun in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Nabil’s writings are often critical of Islamic authorities [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in California could not reach a decision on the third of a series of questions on a verdict form in the consolidated cases of two men who blamed their heart attacks on the painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive], leading Judge Victoria Chaney [FindLaw profile] of the Superior [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] has placed 10 more potential jurors on standby in the CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive]. On Thursday the court still did not have a full jury [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish-Armenian author Hrant Dink, journalist and editor of the newspaper Agos [media website, English version], was shot and killed Friday in Istanbul. Dink was one of several writers to have been charged recently with "insulting the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 [JURIST news archive; Amnesty International backgrounder] [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Speaker of the US House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] committed House Democrats to joining the Senate Democrats Thursday in supporting nonbinding legislation declaring that "it is not in the national interest of the United States to deepen its military involvement in Iraq, particularly by escalating the United [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] gave preliminary approval Thursday to a measure that would allow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] to rule by decree for 18 months. The initial vote was unanimous and the measure is expected to pass easily next [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwandan cabinet has agreed to abolish capital punishment, the country's justice minister said Friday, clearing the way for the extradition of defendants facing trial for the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC report], during which over 800,000 people were killed. The ban must still be approved by parliament, but since [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate passed the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 [PDF text; CRS summary] by a 96-2 vote [roll call] Thursday, but declined [roll call] to create a Senate Office of Public Integrity to investigate ethics breaches. The bill was the first major initiative taken by the [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] A second US soldier has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, and is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in the Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya") area last March, his attorney [read more]

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