Legal news from Friday, March 23, 2007
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal judge Friday refused to dismiss terrorism support charges [indictment, PDF] against Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], finding that Padilla's 3 1/2 years in custody as an "enemy combatant" [JURIST news archive] did not violate his constitutional rights. US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] said that [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ruled Friday that the Republican Party [party website, in Russian] one of Russia's oldest opposition parties, was too small to be considered a political party under a 2004 Russian law and should be closed down. Republican Party co-Chairman Vladimir Ryzhkov [personal [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] As part of a plea deal, former Deputy US Secretary of the Interior J. Steven Griles [Wikipedia profile] pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice charges Friday for lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee [official website] in 2005 about his relationship with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website] appointed the senior-most judge on the Pakistani Supreme Court [official website] as acting chief justice Friday, as thousands of lawyers across the country protested the suspension of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive] and campaigned for his reinstatement. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] announced Friday that it has amended its case against former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld [press release; amended complaint, PDF] to include as plaintiffs two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who claim that even after the military's Combatant Status [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] plan in April to execute 6 Islamic militants convicted in the 2005 murders of two judges [JURIST report], according to reports Friday in the Independent and Jugantor newspapers. According to anonymous prison sources, Deputy Inspector General of Prisons Maj. Shamsul Haider Siddiqui said [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] issued an arrest warrant Friday for Jean-Pierre Bemba [campaign website, in French; BBC profile], a former warlord turned senator, whose private militia clashed with government security forces on Thursday. Bemba was elected to the Senate [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge L.T. Senter, Jr. refused to certify [opinion, PDF] a class in a suit against State Farm Insurance [corporate website] brought by policyholders whose claims were rejected following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The "slab case" plaintiffs, whose homes were reduced to slabs by the hurricane, had [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A German judge who cited the Koran as part of her rationale for denying a Muslim woman a fast-track divorce has provoked criticism from German lawmakers and Muslim clerics. The woman, a German citizen of Moroccan descent, had a restraining order against her Moroccan husband and sought a divorce [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] New US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] argued during his first few weeks in the position that the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] should be shut down and detainees transferred to the US, according to a report in Friday's New York Times. Gates told [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The federal trial of a lawsuit launched by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] challenging the constitutionality of two laws passed by the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [official website; legal defense website] that make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live or work in the town [read more]

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