Legal news from Monday, June 4, 2007
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) member James Ford Seale [Wikipedia profile], accused of kidnapping and killing two black men in Mississippi in 1964, began Monday. Seale, now 71 years old, was originally arrested in 1964 on suspicion of kidnapping Henry Dee and Charles Moore, who were [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official website; JURIST news archive] was indicted [DOJ press release] Monday on 16 counts, including charges of bribery, racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Jefferson allegedly solicited bribes from numerous companies both in the US and in Africa, setting up a fake company [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled unanimously Monday that Michigan's ban on what opponents of the procedure call "partial-birth" abortion is unconstitutional [opinion text, PDF] because it "fails to comply with the explicit limitations that the Supreme Court has [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of Texas sentenced Enron [JURIST news archive] Broadband Services former COO Kevin Hannon to two years in prison Monday. Hannon, who was charged along with four other former Enron executives and mid-level employees for conspiracy, fraud and insider trading, faced a [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled unanimously Monday that Missouri's lethal injection procedures do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment [opinion text, PDF], making it possible for lethal injections to resume in that state. The court said that there [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York on Monday vacated [opinion, PDF] a determination [FCC order] by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] that Fox Television broadcasts violated the FCC's indecency and profanity prohibitions. The appeals court ruled that the FCC's "fleeting [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case where the Court must decide whether an age discrimination lawsuit against FedEx [corporate website] was filed properly. In FedEx v. Holowecki (06-1322) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], FedEx seeks to overturn a [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Violent crime in the US increased 1.3 percent last year, according to the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for 2006 [text; press release, PDF], released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] Monday. Property crime decreased 2.9 percent, but the increase in violent crimes marks the second straight [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The military judge presiding over military commission proceedings against Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] Monday dismissed all charges [order, PDF] against Khadr, citing a lack of jurisdiction. A Guantanamo Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials] found that Khadr was [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Monday returned a government complaint against lawyers who allegedly made "humiliating" statements against the military and judiciary at a seminar that was attended by suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive], saying that it was incomplete, failed to [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court Sunday ordered the continued detention of Abdul Jalil, the secretary general of the Bangladesh political party Awami League [party website], on charges of corruption and misuse of power despite Jalil's lawyers' request that he be released on bail due to poor health. The investigation against Jalil [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The treason trial of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and ten other opposition members resumed Monday, after a year-long delay following the voluntary withdrawal of two judges. Besigye, who has been charged [JURIST report] with plotting to forcefully overthrow the Ugandan government between 2001 [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in three argued cases Monday, including Uttecht v. Brown [Duke Law case backgrounder] where the Court held that federal courts reviewing claims that a juror was improperly dismissed due to their views on capital punishment "owe deference [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed a class action lawsuit against the United Nations and the Netherlands Monday, alleging that both are liable for their failure to protect civilians, many of whom were refugees that relocated to the Srebrenica enclave declared [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] boycotted the opening of judicial proceedings against him Monday at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website], saying in a letter to the court that his confidence in the SCSL's "ability to dispense justice" was "misplaced" [read more]

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