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Legal news from Sunday, January 28, 2007
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile], the cousin of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] also known to the Western media as "Chemical Ali," unapologetically admitted in court Sunday that he gave orders for the destruction of dozens Kurdish villages and the relocation of thousands of Kurds in the 1980s. The [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian draft law [notes, in Italian] published Friday proposing prison sentences for race-based hate crimes but not making Holocaust denial [JURIST news archive] an explicit crime in itself may complicate a German-initiated move to criminalize such Holocaust denial throughout the European Union. The Italian law, written by Justice [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Civil rights groups have been pushing Democratic lawmakers to reconsider a bill banning racial profiling by any government entity since an airline's decision to remove a group of imams from a flight [Detroit News report] in November. Rep. John Conyers [official website] (D-MI), chairman of the US House Judiciary [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Israeli parliamentary subcommittee approved day an amendment Saturday that would require Knesset [official website] members to cast open rather than secret ballots in presidential elections. The "Peres law," so called because it would greatly favor presidential candidate Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres' [official profile] chances of winning, was [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The White House plans to tell Congress on Monday that Israel's use of US-made cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder; Cluster Munition Coalition advocacy website] in southern Lebanon last year may have violated several decades-old agreements requiring that the weapons only be used against clearly defined military targets or the Arms [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army confirmed Saturday to AP that it has up to 50 criminal investigations underway into alleged frauds involving private contractors running operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. The Pentagon [official website] currently outsources many military tasks from laundry to weapons system repair work, but the military's inability [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge held late last week that overcrowded Philadelphia jails violate inmates' constitutional rights and therefore require court monitoring. The ruling from US District Judge R. Barclay Surrick came in response to a lawsuit filed last year by University of Pennsylvania law professor David Rudovsky [faculty profile] on [read more]

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