Legal news from Tuesday, July 31, 2007
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profile] Tuesday defended Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against accusations of lying to Congress during testimony last week. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee [transcript] last Tuesday, Gonzales insisted that a 2004 disagreement between administration officials concerned another undisclosed intelligence program [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House voted 225-199 [roll call] Tuesday to extend the deadline for employees to sue their employer for payment discrimination. The new legislation, the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 [HR 2831 materials], would allow employees to sue within 180 days of their last affected paychecks, effectively reversing [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel [official profile] said Tuesday that Georgia's controversial voter ID law [text; JURIST news archive] will begin to be enforced during Georgia's September 18 Special Elections. Handel also said that the state is filing a motion to lift a stay [press release] of proceedings [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 411-8 [roll call] Tuesday in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 [PDF text, S 1 materials], which requires members of Congress to disclose more information about their fund-raising efforts and gifts they receive from lobbyists, and also prohibits [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian Judiciary [official website] confirmed Tuesday that Iranian Kurdish journalists Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed "Hiva" Botimar [RSF profiles] have been sentenced to death for being "enemies of God." Rights groups, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website] had earlier reported the death sentences [press release] after initial reports [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Superior Court [official website] on Tuesday affirmed a lower court decision that New Jersey is not an appropriate forum [opinion, PDF] for 98 English and Welsh plaintiffs to proceed with personal injury lawsuits against the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website]. The court held that [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Queen's Bench Division of the England and Wales High Court ruled [judgment text] Tuesday that the continued imprisonment of two inmates serving indeterminate prison sentences without the means to prove their rehabilitation constitutes arbitrary and unreasonable detention and is therefore unlawful. An indeterminate sentence, also referred to as [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Namibian human rights group National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) [advocacy website] Tuesday said that it has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate former Namibian President Sam Nujoma [BBC profile] in connection with the disappearance of over 4,200 people during the country's struggle for [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda Tuesday rebuked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] for criticizing the East Timorese-Indonesian Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) [official website]. Ban said last week that the commission violates international humanitarian standards [JURIST report] because it allows for the possibility of amnesty for perpetrators [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts [OYEZ profile; JURIST news archive] was released from the hospital Tuesday after suffering a benign idiopathic seizure on Monday. In a phone conversation with President Bush earlier in the day, Roberts assured the president that he was doing well and White [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] filed an emergency appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Monday to stop the government from transferring him from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to his home country, after US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer denied his [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of US House Democrats said Monday that they plan to pursue a resolution instructing the House Judiciary Committee [official website] to launch an investigation into whether to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive]. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) [official website], sponsor of the resolution, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Khek Iev, also known as Duch, was charged [ECCC press release, PDF] with crimes against humanity Tuesday by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Duch was questioned [AP report] earlier in the day by the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service searched the home of US Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) [official website] Monday as part of an investigation into Stevens' relationship with VECO Corp. founder Bill Allen, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to bribing public officials. According [read more]

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