Legal news from Wednesday, June 27, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] reported Wednesday that several member states frequently fail to comply with judicial decisions against public authorities handed down by their own domestic courts. A COE expert panel [program, PDF] determined last week that general non-enforcement of court decisions is widespread in Georgia, [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] signed legislation Wednesday amending Kyrgyzstan's criminal codes and abolishing the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. According to the law, death penalty sentences will be replaced with life sentences. The legislation also mandates that arrest warrants be issued by courts and that prison sentences [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Wednesday voted down two proposed amendments to the comprehensive immigration reform bill [S 1639 summary] formally revived [JURIST report] Tuesday. Both proposals were part of Amendment 1934 [summary], sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). A proposal by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) [official website] to limit permanent [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] Wednesday ruled 5-4 against reinstating a conspiracy charge [opinion, text; other opinions and filings] against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official profile; JURIST news archive] and two of his former associates. The holding affirmed a lower court decision that the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] issued formal subpoenas [press release] to the White House, the Vice President's Office, the Department of Justice, and the National Security Council [subpoenas, PDF] Wednesday, seeking documents related to the warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana State Legislature [official website] Tuesday approved a ban on dilation and extraction (D&X) abortions [HB 614 information], establishing fines between $10,000 and $100,000 and a jail term from one to ten years for any physician who performs the procedure when it is not necessary to save the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Wednesday called on member states to act with greater transparency [Resolution 1562 text; Recommendation 1801 text; press release] and exercise greater oversight of military and foreign intelligence services, giving support to a report [text; JURIST report] delivered earlier this month that accused [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website] announced Wednesday that the US prison and jail population, already the largest in the world, increased by 2.8 percent to reach over 2.2 million prisoners in 2006 [press release]. The findings, released in the DOJ's annual Prison and [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Adelphia Communications [corporate website] founder John Rigas and his son Timothy were ordered Wednesday to begin serving their prison sentences on August 13th; the two men have been free on bail since their 2004 convictions as they appealed their case. Judge Leonard Sand of the US District Court for [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani government lawyer Malik Muhammad Qayyum told reporters Tuesday that he supports giving suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] a public trial, saying that the government should respect Chaudhry's desire that the proceedings be open to public access. Government lawyers have previously opposed a [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] chairman Christopher Cox [official profile] defended the SEC's record from Democratic and Republican criticism before the US House Financial Services Committee [official website] Tuesday, testifying [transcript] that the SEC should not be perceived as being either pro or [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] reported Wednesday that new EU members Bulgaria and Romania need to do more to achieve judicial reform, fight corruption and organized crime [press release]. A report [PDF text; summary] on Bulgaria's progress in adhering to EU norms noted its passage of constitutional amendments [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Seoul Administrative Court granted asylum Tuesday to a Chinese dissident who exposed allegations of human organ trading, overturning a ruling by the Ministry of Justice that denied asylum to the dissident and his family. The dissident, who is a member of the banned Chinese Democratic Party [HRW backgrounder] [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official website] on Tuesday urged federal appellate court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh [official profile; JURIST news archive] to recuse himself in "all pending and subsequent cases involving detainees and enemy combatants," after the Washington Post reported Monday that Kavanaugh, while serving as the assistant [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three former officials from Saddam Hussein's regime, including Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid - known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali" [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], will likely be executed in the Kurdish cities of Irbil or Halabja if their death sentences [JURIST report] are upheld by the [read more]

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