Legal news from Thursday, July 12, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Appropriations Committee [official website] voted Thursday to defeat two independent bids by lawmakers that would have repealed part or all of the "Tiahrt Amendment" [HR 2862 summary], which since 2003 has restricted the public release of information provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The latest proposal [BBC report] for a UN-supervised independence plan for Kosovo [JURIST news archive] has been rejected by the Russian government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov [official website] said Thursday. The US, France and the UK offered the revision to a June draft resolution [JURIST report] in an [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Chadian president Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive], who has been charged with crimes against humanity, will stand trial before a Senegalese criminal court, rather than before a special tribunal as previously decided, Senegal's Justice Minister Sheik Tidiane Sy said Thursday. At an assembly last year, leaders [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] voted Thursday to move forward with contempt proceedings against former White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profile] after she ignored a subpoena ordering her to appear and testify at a hearing regarding the firings of federal prosecutors [JURIST news [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A series of interviews with US veterans of the Iraq war shows a pattern of systematic human rights abuses, according to a new report [text] in The Nation [media website]. The magazine calls the investigation, which yielded thousands of pages of typed testimony, "the first time so many on-the-record, [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) [authorizing resolution] head Serge Brammertz [official profile] said in a report to the UN Security Council Thursday that the probe into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] has identified several suspects involved or with insider knowledge [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Jonathan 'Jack' Idema [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], an American civilian convicted of illegal imprisonment and torture as a rogue vigilante in Afghanistan in 2004, filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press [media website] Thursday, alleging that AP defamed, libeled, and slandered him. He also alleged that AP distributed [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Iranian Judiciary [official website] said Wednesday that 20 sex offenders and violent criminals will be executed by hanging over the next few days. Among the condemned are at least 15 arrested in May during a crackdown on "public morals" [HRW press release]. Some were arrested [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government has shown sufficient progress in its efforts to develop a constitutional review process, but is not making satisfactory progress in passing laws on the distribution of oil revenues and de-Baathification reform, according to the Initial Benchmark Assessment Report [text] sent to Congress Thursday by the White [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court Thursday initiated preliminary hearings for exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] who is accused of embezzling millions from Russian national airline Aeroflot [corporate website], granting Berezovsky's court-appointed lawyer a two-week postponement of further proceedings so that the defense can prepare for the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) [official website] and a bipartisan group of cosponsors [list] Wednesday proposed a new piece of anti-pollution legislation [press release; video, WMV] that is supported by some of the country's largest coal-burning companies and their labor unions. Informally called the Low Carbon Economy Act [S [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini [official profile] rejected targeted assassinations of terror suspects in an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland [media website] Thursday, adding that he is personally against all forms of the death penalty. Frattini, responding to controversial comments made by German Interior [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ghazi al-Awadi, an Iraqi-born naturalized US citizen, pleaded guilty to spying for the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, admitting in Detroit federal court that he provided the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] with information about anti-Hussein organizations and individuals. Under the plea agreement, Al-Awadi, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudanese government defended its handling of military and police personnel allegedly involved in human rights abuses in Darfur [JURIST news archive] before the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] Wednesday, denying allegations that the government was collaborating with armed militias that have committed some of the worst atrocities [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Thursday condemned Israel and Hezbollah for failing to investigate alleged war crimes and humanitarian law violations [press release] during the summer 2006 Lebanon conflict [JURIST news archive], calling upon the United Nations to establish a "comprehensive, impartial, and independent inquiry" to investigate the alleged violations [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] An investigating officer in the probe of 24 Iraqi civilian deaths [JURIST report] at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005 has recommended that Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani [JURIST news archive], commander of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines [official website], should face a court-martial for dereliction of [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website] Thursday approved an overtime reform measure championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile], which if enacted as law, would make overtime pay tax-free and reduce payroll fees for employers. The measure, which supporters say will encourage growth with additional work, would [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] South Dakota held its first execution in 60 years Wednesday, putting to death 25-year-old Elijah Page [SD AGO backgrounder]. Page was executed under new lethal injection protocols [text] passed in February to ensure that prison wardens have the legal authority to use a three-drug combination instead of a two-drug [read more]

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