Legal news from Thursday, September 6, 2007
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe police charged opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with disorderly conduct Thursday for allegedly causing a disturbance in early August by touring markets, according to a spokesperson for Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change [party website]. The charges, which the party said amounted to political intimidation, [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani lawyers group Thursday pressed its campaign to defeat an expected re-election bid by President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile], holding planned protest rallies and boycotting courts nationwide. Speaking on behalf of the lawyers, Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association president Munir Malik said [JURIST report] that the group's goal [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy [official website] has issued a new report [text] criticizing the government of Iraq for its ongoing use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. In the report, Despouy specifically condemned the government for executing Iraqi prisoner Awraz [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] The ruling party of Zimbabwe Thursday announced that it has proposed changes to a bill currently before parliament to amend the Zimbabwean constitution [PDF text]. The Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) [Wikipedia backgrounder] said that Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa presented a report to the politburo on [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] dismissed a class action lawsuit [case documents] filed against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website] Thursday, reversing a lower court's decision to grant nationwide class certification in the case. The lawsuit, filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers [union website] [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Issuing National Security Letters (NSLs) [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] demanding private information and imposing gag orders on recipients under the reauthorized and revised USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional without judicial review, US District Judge Victor Marrero of the Southern District of New York ruled [opinion, [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] "Indiscriminate airstrikes" by Israel [JURIST news archive] were responsible for the majority of civilian casualties during the summer 2006 Lebanon conflict [JURIST news archive], according to a 249-page report [text, press release] issued Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW investigated about 500 of the reported 900 [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Fiji's military commander and self-declared interim Prime Minister Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile] announced in a radio broadcast Thursday that a state of emergency will be imposed in Fiji [government website; JURIST news archive] for the next month. Bainimarama said the emergency measures will not have a major effect [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] said Thursday that 16 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to their home country [press release] of Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive]. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz [official website] welcomed the release of detainees, and said he [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A South Korean appeals court Thursday suspended the prison sentence of Chung Mong-koo [Forbes profile], chairman of Hyundai Motors Group [corporate website], for five years, saying imprisoning him for embezzlement and bribery would be too risky for the nation's economy. Chung was convicted [JURIST report] in February and sentenced [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday filed an appeal [press release] of last month's US District Court decision ruling that a 2005 law [PDF text] banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional [opinion, PDF; JURIST report]. Schwarzenegger said that he supported the law because "many studies [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The National Security Archive [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday against the Executive Office of the President [official website] and other presidential affiliates to compel recovery of 5 million electronic messages that apparently went missing from White House computers between March 2003 and October 2005. [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Tunisian officials have been mistreating and abusing two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees since their release from the US prison facility in June, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report [text] released Wednesday. The report alleges that the two men, who were held at Guantanamo Bay [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled 4-3 [PDF text] Wednesday that a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that a hospital negligently failed to provide emergency power to sustain life support systems or implement an adequate evacuation plan could proceed without first passing through a medical review panel, a process that [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Secretary of the Navy on Wednesday handed down letters of censure [press release, PDF] to three US Marine officers for improper performance of duties related to the reporting and investigation of the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005. A [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday said that he will appoint judges to the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon [UN materials] as soon as sufficient funding for the tribunal is in place by the end of 2007. The secretary-general estimates that the tribunal, established to investigate the assassination of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday ordered [PDF opinion; press release] the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the office of the Attorney General to submit more information to the court in support of their motion for summary judgment in a consolidated lawsuit seeking the release [read more]

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