Legal news from Friday, September 7, 2007
21:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Louisiana state court jury Friday found nursing home owners Salvador and Mabel Mangano not guilty of the drowning deaths of residents at St. Rita's Nursing Home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Lawyers representing the Manganos, who pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to 35 charges [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of San Diego [diocesan website] Friday announced an agreement to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by its clergy. In February, 42 clergy sex abuse cases were suspended - the night before they were scheduled to begin - after the diocese sought [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] defended the United States' secret overseas detention and interrogation policy Friday, saying that the program had obtained vital information about the terrorist threat against the US detailed in a July report [PDF text]. Hayden also said that fewer than 100 people total had [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Iran must compensate the families of 241 US military personnel killed in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut [Washington Post backgrounder]. Iran has been blamed for supporting Hezbollah [organization website], the militant group behind the bombing, but [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] Friday objected to the planned execution of former Saddam-era Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai [TrialWatch profile], saying that al-Tai should receive clemency because he was only acting under the threat of death from Saddam and had worked with the the Kurdish community [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Poland will not join the European Charter of Fundamental Rights [European Parliament materials], instead opting for the same exemption clause that allowed the UK to reject the charter [Sky report] this summer, said Polish foreign minister Ana Fotyga Friday during a meeting on the EU's new Reform Treaty [materials, [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan said Friday that it has reopened a corruption case [JURIST report] against former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile], the same day that an anti-terrorism court ordered the arrest of his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, in connection with murder charges. Shahbaz Sharif is wanted for [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Indonesia will not consider an appeal by three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 2002 bombings of two Bali nightclubs [BBC report], a judge said Friday. Lawyers for Amrozi Ghufron [Australian report], Ali Ghufron [BBC profile], and Imam Samudera [BBC profile] had appealed [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Muslim women will be allowed to wear traditional Muslim niqabs or burqas [JURIST news archives] and not be required to show their faces to vote in Quebec by-elections this month, an Elections Canada [official website] spokesperson announced Thursday. The official said that women would not have to show their [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Assistant US Attorney General Peter D. Keisler [official profile] announced his resignation [press release] as head of the US Department of Justice's Civil Division [official website] Thursday, effective September 21. During his tenure at the Justice Department, Keisler was responsible for managing litigation over the habeas corpus rights of [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US government has begun setting up a "tent city" at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Cuba, where the US military plans to hold military tribunals [JURIST news archive] for Guantanamo detainees, officials said Thursday. The military believes tribunals could begin as early as [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Harold Murphy of the Northern District of Georgia [official website] lifted a stay of the controversial Georgia voter ID law [JURIST news archive] Thursday, enabling the law to go into effect [JURIST report] during Special Elections on September 18. Murphy found that the voter ID law [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] is satisfied that France will treat former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] as a prisoner of war if extradited to France upon his release from prison [BOP materials; JURIST report] Sunday, Assistant US Attorney Michael "Pat" Sullivan said [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government named Moussa Faraj as chair of the Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) [ICAC backgrounder] Thursday. Farag will replace Radhi al-Radhi [US DOD OIG profile], who has retired in light of corruption accusations brought by the Iraqi parliament's anti-corruption committee. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accepted [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Doctors from 16 countries have chided the US military for its medical care of detainees at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Cuba in a letter [text, registration required] Friday to the UK medical journal The Lancet [journal website]. Referring to the US policy of [read more]

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