Legal news from Monday, March 19, 2007
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of email documents released by the US Department of Justice [official website] late Monday show that, contrary to its earlier claims, the White House was deeply involved in discussions to fire eight US Attorneys last year, according to ABC News. There are no emails directly from US Attorney [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chiquita Brands International, Inc. [corporate website] pleaded guilty [US DOJ press release] Monday to one count of engaging in transactions with a specially-designated global terrorist organization after admitting to deals with Colombian terrorists. The Cincinnati-based company is charged with having paid approximately $1.7 million to Colombian terrorist group United [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Air Force Maj. Gen. Robertus Remkes [official profile], Director of Strategy, Policy and Assessments at US European Command [official website], has expressed concern about negative military repercussions if the US House of Representatives passes resolution HR 106, [text, PDF; key excerpts] identifying the World War I-era killings by [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] State Farm Insurance [corporate website] will accelerate settlement payouts to Mississippi Gulf Coast residents whose homes were affected by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], according to Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale [official profile] Monday. Dale told Reuters that after the court delayed certifying a proposed settlement, he negotiated with [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] will be hanged Tuesday, according to Iraqi legal sources quoted by wire services Monday afternoon. The Iraqi government has scheduled the execution despite defense lawyers' contention that the government must wait at least 30 days after [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense reported [AFPS report] Monday that Guantanamo detainee Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash admitted to collaborating on the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Kenya [Wikipedia backgrounder] and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole [Wikipedia backgrounder; US DOD inquiry report; JURIST news archive] [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Morse v. Frederick [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-278 [docket], where the court must decide whether a student's First Amendment [text] rights had been violated when a principal suspended him after he [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] began jury selection Monday in the trial [materials; docket] of former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [AP profile]. Nacchio was indicted on 42 counts of insider trading [JURIST report] in December 2005 for allegedly selling off [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh [Wikipedia profile], who was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in July 2002 for kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl [DPF profile; JURIST news archive], will use a Guantanamo Bay detainee's confession to support his appeal, his lawyer said Monday. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profiles] may one day face war crimes charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] at The Hague, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile; BBC profile]. Moreno-Ocampo said Sunday that the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of NGOs appealed to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) Monday, urging it to reconsider its requirement that participating international lawyers in the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] genocide trials join and pay a membership fee. The question of fees was left unresolved after [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The constitutional crisis in Pakistan over President Pervez Musharraf's suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive] deepened Monday with the resignation [Reuters report] of seven of the country's judges, including a top judge in Pakistan's populous Punjab province. Meanwhile protests sparked by the suspension [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US military lawyer for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] said Monday that his client was sedated for 24 hours last month before being told about new charges against him. Maj. Michael Mori [Wikipedia profile] said Hicks was given a drug to ease his complaints [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) [advocacy website] urged the US and Afghanistan governments Sunday to establish a better legal framework to guide US military actions in the fight against the Taliban, criticizing US forces for civilian deaths in Afghanistan. The AIHRC said the Afghanistan Constitution [text] and [read more]

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