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Legal news from Monday, March 26, 2007
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST report] at an appearance before a US military commission Monday after the presiding judge unexpectedly disqualified two of his three lawyers. Judge Colonel Ralph Kohlmann barred civilian lawyer Joshua Dratel [firm [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [text] Monday that suspected Al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] operative Abdul Malik had been transferred to the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison over the weekend. According to the statement, Malik has confessed to participating in the 2002 Paradise Hotel [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine [official website] announced Monday that he has vetoed five bills [press release] promoting the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. House Bill 2750 and House Bill 2347 [bill summaries] sought to make the murder of a judge and the murder of a witness in a [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in the case of Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc. [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-480 [docket], in which a clothing manufacturer requests the Court to overrule a 1911 Supreme Court [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Italian general prosecutor Piero De Petris asked an appeals court in Milan Monday to sentence former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to five years in prison for bribing judges to stop the auction of the SME state-owned food company to a rival in 1985. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Desiré Munyaneza [Trial Watch profile] began Monday in Montreal where the former Rwandan militia commander faces seven charges in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder], including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The first witness, who remained anonymous for her protection, [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] David Stockman [official profile], former director of the US Office of Management and Budget [official website] during the Reagan administration, was charged [DOJ press release, PDF] Monday with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements. The indictment [PDF text], which also listed three others as charged, relates [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Few Egyptians voted Monday in a referendum on proposed constitutional amendments [JURIST report] in the face of a boycott by opposition parties that regard them as an attempt to take away basic rights. Most participating voters were either gathered by the government or were government employees granted breaks to [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Monday in two cases [order list, PDF]. US v. Williams (06-694) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website], considers whether part of the federal anti-child abuse PROTECT [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website, in Japanese; BBC profile] expressed his sympathy and apologized Monday for the "situation" faced by so-called Korean and Chinese "comfort women" [Amnesty backgrounder] who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II. Abe stopped short of explicitly acknowledging the alleged roles [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Thailand filed criminal tax evasion charges Monday against the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive; BBC profile], Pojaman Shinawatra, as well as her secretary and her brother, Bhanapot Damapong. Shinawatra and her brother were arraigned by the Bangkok Criminal Court on two [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Miyazaki District Court in Japan [JURIST news archive] dismissed a lawsuit Monday by a group of Chinese men who claim they were forced to work as slave laborers during World War II because the 20-year deadline for filing compensation claims under Japanese law had expired, according to a [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) Monday denounced a threatened boycott by four international judges appointed to the tribunal set to prosecute former Khmer Rouge [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leaders for genocide as a "childish game" and an excuse to delay the anticipated tribunal. The [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] will be arraigned [JURIST report] Monday as the first prisoner charged under the new Military Commissions Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive] passed by the US Congress last year. Lawyers for Hicks, who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay [read more]

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