Legal news from Friday, July 13, 2007
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] US House Judiciary Committee [official website] chairman John Conyers (D-MI) issued a subpoena [materials] Friday to the Republican National Committee (RNC) [party website] to turn over any emails on the US Attorney firings [JURIST news archive] sent by White House officials from RNC-sponsored accounts. Conyers also warned former White [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A former Rwandan mayor Friday pleaded guilty to a single count of extermination [press release], a crime against humanity, as part of a plea deal International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] that eliminated eight other charges including genocide, torture and rape. Juvenal Rugambarara [Trial Watch profile] apologized for [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecution in the Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] terrorism conspiracy case rested Friday after nine weeks of presenting witness testimony and wiretap evidence [JURIST report] to jurors. The final witness for the prosecution, an FBI linguist, testified that the name and telephone number of Padilla co-defendant Adham Amin [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Brazilian federal court [official website, in Portuguese] has issued an arrest warrant [Itar-Tass report] for exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of money laundering, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass [official website] reported Friday. Brazil also asked Interpol [official website] to issue an [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The total number of aliens detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] annually for immigration violations jumped from approximately 95,000 to 283,000 between 2001 and 2006, according to a report [PDF text] by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website]. The GAO said the rising number [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] questioned President George W. Bush's determination that the 30-month prison sentence for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] was "excessive" and therefore appropriate for commutation in a lengthy footnote to his memorandum opinion [PDF text] [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] Friday withdrew a motion seeking to hold for questioning an Indian doctor possibly linked with the failed UK car bomb attacks [JURIST report] an additional 72 hours without charges. Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official website] suggested that police may have withdrawn the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive; CBC profile] was convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice by a Chicago jury Friday after twelve days of deliberations that included a deadlock [JURIST report]. His conviction on three counts could lead to a maximum sentence [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the US District Court of Southern New York ruled [opinion, PDF] in an opinion published Friday that six wrongful death suits filed by survivors of victims who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive] will proceed to trial [order, PDF] on [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Liberian government has submitted a draft bill to the country's legislature which, if approved, would authorize the government to seek foreign assistance in "tracking, freezing, and confiscating the funds, properties, and assets" of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Taylor, who claims he is [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Japanese group consisting of 13 right-wing parliamentarians and more than 200 local politicians, nationalist intellectuals and historians called on the US House of Representatives Friday to retract a proposed non-binding resolution [H Res 121 text; press release] asking Japan to formally apologize in a clear and unequivocal manner [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican federal Third United Criminal Tribunal Thursday absolved former President Luis Echeverria [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive] of any criminal responsibility for a 1968 student protester massacre [backgrounder], despite ruling that the student massacre, which took place during Echeverria's term as Interior Minister, constituted genocide. Chief judge Jesus [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Peru filed an appeal Thursday against a Chilean court ruling denying a Peruvian request for the extradition [JURIST reports] of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Peruvian prosecutor Carlos Briceno said he was disappointed with the Wednesday ruling, but remained optimistic that the Chilean high [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders [official website, in Dutch] submitted a legislative proposal to prohibit the public wearing of burqas [Wikipedia backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Thursday, proposing a fine of up to €3,350 euros or 12 days in jail [press release] for violators. Wilders, the leader of the right-wing Party [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, announced reforms to judicial working dress Thursday, abolishing the traditional wigs [press release], wing collars, and bands for civil and family court judges, as well as advocates in civil proceedings. Judges sitting in criminal proceedings will [read more]

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