Legal news from Saturday, June 2, 2007

[JURIST] Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev [official website] said Saturday that he had accepted the resignation [press release, in Bulgarian] of Justice Minister Georgi Petkanov [official profile, in English] ahead of an expected European Commission report on the country's ongoing judiciary reforms [JURIST report]. Petkanov said Wednesday that he was … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Friday announced draft legislation [press release] to combat violent crime that would increase penalties, extend the statute of limitations for prosecution, and create separate statutory prohibitions against violent crime by illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The proposed Violent Crime and Anti-Terrorism Act of 2007, … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] declined to exclude FBI wiretap evidence from the trial of accused terrorist supporter Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] Friday, rejecting arguments by defense attorneys that phone conversations that mentioned Osama bin Laden were irrelevant and threatened to prejudice the jury. Padilla and … [read more]

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush continued to push for passage [transcript; video] of the latest comprehensive immigration reform bill [S 1348 summary; JURIST report] Friday, denying conservative claims that the bill is "amnesty" by insisting it brings consequences for those who entered the US illegally. Bush recognized bipartisan complaints … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine's parliament [official website, in Ukrainian] Friday approved a series of bills paving the way for early parliamentary elections on September 30. The bills, reflecting an earlier political compromise [JURIST report] between rivals President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; JURIST news archive] and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] that … [read more]

[JURIST] Thousands of Pakistanis rallied in support of suspended [JURIST report] Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] Saturday, defying a government ban on unauthorized rallies [JURIST report] of more than five people declared Friday. The rally began in the capital city of Islamabad, and proceeded south … [read more]

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