Legal news from Saturday, March 17, 2007
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Leandro Despouy [JURIST news archive] has urged the Iraqi government not to execute Saddam-era Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] because of "grave shortcomings" in his legal process. Despouy is the second [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The federal judiciary has approved a pilot program that will allow the public to download free audio recordings of court proceedings over the internet. US District Judge Thomas F. Hogan [profile], executive committee chairman of the policy-making Judicial Conference of the United States [official website], said he views the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers in business suits clashed with police Saturday, throwing rocks after riot police fired teargas to disrupt a gathering to protest the suspension [JURIST report] of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official profile]. The clash took place notwithstanding Friday's move by the country's Supreme Judicial Council [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] African Union [official website] chairman Alpha Oumar Konare [Wikipedia profile] Saturday urged Zimbabwe to "respect human rights and democratic principles" in the wake of this week's arrest and alleged abuse [JURIST reports] of opposition leader and presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Tsvangirai was released [JURIST [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) [official profiles], both of whom watched last weekend's Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) [DOD backgrounder] hearing [JURIST report] at Guantanamo Bay for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile], insisted in a joint statement [text] Friday that his claims that he was [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US military court-martial found 101st Airborne Staff Sgt. Raymond Girouard guilty of three counts of negligent homicide [Article 32 hearing transcript, DOC] Friday, but not guilty of premeditated murder for the deaths of three Iraqi detainees [JURIST news archive] held after a May 2006 raid in Thar Thar, [read more]

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